The Reading / Listening - Healthcare Clowns - Level 4

An adage says, "laughter is the best medicine". Humour is needed more than ever today. Medical staff around the world are using humour in their work. Healthcare clowns are now common in hospitals. An organisation started in 2011 that sets standards. It says: "Healthcare clowns bring moments of happiness...to children who are ill or who have special needs....Clowns also bring smiles to vulnerable adults, including seniors and people with dementia."



Israel is a world leader in the field. It opened the world's first university to offer a Bachelor's degree in medical clowning in 2007. An Israeli healthcare clown wanted to use her inner clown to help patients with COVID-19. She knew it would provide therapy for her patients. It reduces their stress and improves their wellbeing. She said: "Obviously, the doctors, they take care of the body. And we come in and take care of the soul. And it integrates together."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Healthcare Clowns - Level 5 or  Healthcare Clowns - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/14/clown-doctors-prove-that-laughter-is-the-best-medicine-but-they-need-support
  • http://www.efhco.eu/healthcare-clowning
  • https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-12-14/cheer-covid-19-patients-israeli-hospitals-send-clowns
  • https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-meet-one-of-the-first-medical-clowns-in-an-israeli-covid-ward-1.9321659


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. laughter is the best
  2. needed more
  3. common in hospitals
  4. It was established
  5. bring moments
  6. have special
  7. bring smiles to vulnerable
  8. people with
  1. around the globe
  2. adults
  3. in 2011
  4. dementia
  5. than ever
  6. of happiness
  7. medicine
  8. needs

Paragraph 2

  1. Healthcare clowns are especially
  2. offer a Bachelor's
  3. the clown
  4. have therapeutic benefits
  5. It reduces their
  6. they take care of the
  7. we come in and take care
  8. the doctors understand
  1. for her patients
  2. this
  3. body
  4. popular
  5. of the soul
  6. degree
  7. inside her
  8. anxiety

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An adage says, "laughter is (1) ___________________". Humour is needed more (2) ___________________. Medical staff around the world are using humour in their work. Healthcare clowns (3) ___________________ in hospitals. An organisation started in 2011 (4) ___________________. It says: "Healthcare clowns bring moments of happiness...to children (5) ___________________ or who have special needs....Clowns also bring (6) ___________________ adults, including seniors and people with dementia."

Israel is a world leader (7) ___________________. It opened the world's first university to offer a Bachelor's (8) ___________________ clowning in 2007. An Israeli healthcare clown wanted to use (9) ___________________ to help patients with COVID-19. She knew it would provide therapy for her patients. It (10) ___________________ and improves their wellbeing. She said: "Obviously, the doctors, they take care of the body. And we come in and (11) ___________________ the soul. And (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anadagesays,"laughteristhebestmedicine".Humourisneededmoret
hanevertoday.Medicalstaffaroundtheworldareusinghumourintheirw
ork.Healthcareclownsarenowcommoninhospitals.Anorganisationst
artedin2011thatsetsstandards.Itsays:"Healthcareclownsbringmom
entsofhappiness...tochildrenwhoareillorwhohavespecialneeds....Cl
ownsalsobringsmilestovulnerableadults,includingseniorsandpeople
withdementia."Israelisaworldleaderinthefield.Itopenedtheworld'sfi
rstuniversitytoofferaBachelor'sdegreeinmedicalclowningin2007.An
Israelihealthcareclownwantedtouseherinnerclowntohelppatientswit
hCOVID-19.Sheknewitwouldprovidetherapyforherpatients.Itreduc
estheirstressandimprovestheirwellbeing.Shesaid:"Obviously,thedo
ctors,theytakecareofthebody.Andwecomeinandtakecareofthesoul.
Anditintegratestogether."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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