The Reading / Listening - Healthcare Clowns - Level 5

An English adage says, "laughter is the best medicine". Today, humour is needed more than ever. Medical staff are understanding this and using humour in their care. Clown doctors and healthcare clowns are becoming common in hospitals around the globe. There is even a European organisation that sets standards. It was established in 2011. It says: "Healthcare clowns bring moments of happiness and distraction to children who are ill or who have special needs....Clowns also bring smiles to vulnerable adults, including seniors and people with dementia who are in hospital care."



Healthcare clowns are especially popular in Israel, which is a world leader in the field. The first university to offer a Bachelor's degree in medical clowning was in Israel, in 2007. A Jerusalem healthcare clown wanted to use her inner clown to help patients after a COVID-19 ward opened. She knew the clown inside her would have therapeutic benefits for her patients. It reduces their anxiety 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 - the doctors understand this."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Healthcare Clowns - Level 4 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
  2. humour is needed more
  3. clowns are becoming
  4. a European organisation that sets
  5. clowns bring moments
  6. Clowns also bring smiles to
  7. people with
  8. in hospital
  1. common
  2. care
  3. of happiness
  4. dementia
  5. standards
  6. than ever
  7. vulnerable adults
  8. best medicine

Paragraph 2

  1. Healthcare clowns are especially
  2. a world leader
  3. offer a Bachelor's
  4. use her inner
  5. after a COVID-19 ward
  6. have therapeutic benefits
  7. improves their
  8. the doctors understand
  1. in the field
  2. clown
  3. this
  4. for her patients
  5. wellbeing
  6. popular
  7. opened
  8. degree

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An English adage says, "laughter is (1) ___________________". Today, humour is needed (2) ___________________. Medical staff are understanding this and using humour in their care. Clown doctors and healthcare clowns are (3) ___________________ hospitals around the globe. There is even a European organisation that sets standards. It (4) ___________________ 2011. It says: "Healthcare clowns bring moments of happiness and distraction to children who are ill or who (5) ___________________....Clowns also bring smiles to vulnerable adults, including seniors and people with (6) ___________________ in hospital care."

Healthcare clowns (7) ___________________ in Israel, which is a world leader in the field. The first (8) ___________________ a Bachelor's degree in medical clowning was in Israel, in 2007. A Jerusalem healthcare clown wanted to (9) ___________________ clown to help patients after a COVID-19 ward opened. She knew the clown inside her would have (10) ___________________ her patients. It reduces their anxiety and improves their wellbeing. She said: "Obviously, the doctors, they (11) ___________________ the body. And we come in and take care of the soul. (12) ___________________ together - the doctors understand this."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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neededmorethanever.Medicalstaffareunderstandingthisandusingh
umourintheircare.Clowndoctorsandhealthcareclownsarebecomingc
ommoninhospitalsaroundtheglobe.ThereisevenaEuropeanorganisa
tionthatsetsstandards.Itwasestablishedin2011.Itsays:"Healthcarec
lownsbringmomentsofhappinessanddistractiontochildrenwhoareillo
rwhohavespecialneeds....Clownsalsobringsmilestovulnerableadults
,includingseniorsandpeoplewithdementiawhoareinhospitalcare."He
althcareclownsareespeciallypopularinIsrael,whichisaworldleaderint
hefield.ThefirstuniversitytoofferaBachelor'sdegreeinmedicalclowni
ngwasinIsrael,in2007.AJerusalemhealthcareclownwantedtouseheri
nnerclowntohelppatientsafteraCOVID-19wardopened.Sheknewth
eclowninsideherwouldhavetherapeuticbenefitsforherpatients.Itred
ucestheiranxietyandimprovestheirwellbeing.Shesaid:"Obviously,th
edoctors,theytakecareofthebody.Andwecomeinandtakecareofthes
oul.Anditintegratestogether-thedoctorsunderstandthis."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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