The Reading / Listening - Working Hours - Level 5

The WHO has issued a grim warning about the danger of overworking. It said working long hours causes the premature death of hundreds of thousands of people. The organization analysed the link between loss of life and long hours. The findings were sad. Around three-quarters of a million workers die early from strokes and heart attacks because of working over 55 hours a week. Most of these deaths were in people aged 60 to 70 who worked over 55 hours between the ages of 45 and 74. The WHO said men accounted for 72 per cent of the deaths.



The WHO said people who work at least 55 hours a week have a 42 per cent increased risk of stroke, and a 19 per cent increased chance of heart disease. Researchers looked at data from 154 countries from 1970 to 2018. The WHO said: "No job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease. Governments, employers and workers need to work together to agree on limits to protect the health of workers." Over nine per cent of workers overwork. The WHO said the situation is "accelerating" because of the pandemic and that there is a "trend towards increased working time".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Working Hours - Level 4 or  Working Hours - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/17/success/who-long-hours-intl-scli-wellness/index.html
  • https://www.cnet.com/health/working-too-much-can-kill-you-who-study-finds/
  • https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-long-working-hours-killing-745-000-people-a-year-who-study-finds-12308976


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The WHO has issued
  2. the danger of
  3. premature
  4. The organization analysed
  5. The findings were
  6. die early
  7. in people
  8. men accounted
  1. sad
  2. death
  3. aged 60 to 70
  4. for 72 per cent
  5. from strokes
  6. a grim warning
  7. the link
  8. overworking

Paragraph 2

  1. a 42 per cent increased risk
  2. No job is worth
  3. workers need to
  4. agree
  5. protect the health
  6. Over nine per cent of workers
  7. the situation is
  8. a trend towards increased
  1. of workers
  2. working time
  3. of stroke
  4. work together
  5. accelerating
  6. on limits
  7. the risk
  8. overwork

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The WHO has (1) ___________________ warning about the danger of overworking. It said working long hours causes the (2) ___________________ hundreds of thousands of people. The organization analysed the link between (3) ___________________ and long hours. The findings were sad. Around three-quarters of a million workers die (4) ___________________ and heart attacks because of working over 55 hours a week. Most (5) ___________________ were in people aged 60 to 70 who worked over 55 hours between the ages of 45 and 74. The WHO said (6) ___________________ 72 per cent of the deaths.

The WHO said people who (7) ___________________ 55 hours a week have a 42 per cent increased (8) ___________________, and a 19 per cent increased chance of heart disease. Researchers looked at data from 154 countries from 1970 to 2018. The WHO said: "No (9) ___________________ the risk of stroke or heart disease. Governments, employers and workers need to work together to (10) ___________________ to protect the health of workers." Over nine per cent of workers overwork. The WHO said the (11) ___________________ because of the pandemic and that there is (12) ___________________ increased working time".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheWHOhasissuedagrimwarningaboutthedangerofoverworking.Its
aidworkinglonghourscausestheprematuredeathofhundredsofthous
andsofpeople.Theorganizationanalysedthelinkbetweenlossoflifeand
longhours.Thefindingsweresad.Aroundthree-quartersofamillionwor
kersdieearlyfromstrokesandheartattacksbecauseofworkingover55h
oursaweek.Mostofthesedeathswereinpeopleaged60to70whoworke
dover55hoursbetweentheagesof45and74.TheWHOsaidmenaccount
edfor72percentofthedeaths.TheWHOsaidpeoplewhoworkatleast55
hoursaweekhavea42percentincreasedriskofstroke,anda19percenti
ncreasedchanceofheartdisease.Researcherslookedatdatafrom154c
ountriesfrom1970to2018.TheWHOsaid:"Nojobisworththeriskofstro
keorheartdisease.Governments,employersandworkersneedtoworkt
ogethertoagreeonlimitstoprotectthehealthofworkers."Overnineper
centofworkersoverwork.TheWHOsaidthesituationis"accelerating"b
ecauseofthepandemicandthatthereisa"trendtowardsincreasedwork
ingtime".

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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