The Reading / Listening - Woodland - Level 2

Woodland in cities gives children better mental health. Researchers say children who visit and experience the great outdoors every day also have better thinking skills. Researchers from University College London looked at how woodland benefits city children. They said their research helped their understanding "of the natural environment as an important protective factor for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health". They added that seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits for children, especially those in cities.

In their four-year study, researchers studied 3,568 children at 31 schools in London. They looked at how the natural environment affected thinking skills and mental health. They calculated how woodland, parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. The children took memory-based tests. Those who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests and had a 17 per cent lower risk of behavioural problems. A researcher said all children should experience "forest bathing". This is enjoying "the sights, sounds and smells of a forest".

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Sources
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00751-1.epdf
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/health/woodland-children-wellness-scn-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2021-07-woodlands-good-children-young-people.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. experience the great
  2. have better thinking
  3. how woodland benefits
  4. the natural
  5. an important protective
  6. cognitive
  7. hearing the sounds
  8. psychological benefits
  1. development
  2. city children
  3. for children
  4. factor
  5. outdoors every day
  6. of nature
  7. environment
  8. skills

Paragraph 2

  1. In their four-
  2. the natural
  3. affected thinking
  4. The children took memory-
  5. Those who visited woodland
  6. scored higher
  7. This is enjoying the
  8. smells of
  1. a forest
  2. skills
  3. on the tests
  4. sights
  5. environment
  6. every day
  7. year study
  8. based tests

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Woodland (1) ___________________ children better mental health. Researchers say children who visit and experience (2) ___________________ every day also have better thinking skills. Researchers from University College London looked at how woodland (3) ___________________. They said their research helped their understanding "of (4) ___________________ as an important protective factor for [a child's] (5) ___________________ mental health". They added that seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits for children, especially (6) ___________________.

In their (7) ___________________, researchers studied 3,568 children at 31 schools in London. They looked at (8) ___________________ environment affected thinking skills and mental health. (9) ___________________ woodland, parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. The children took (10) ___________________. Those who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests and had a 17 per cent (11) ___________________ behavioural problems. A researcher said all children should experience "forest bathing". This is enjoying "the (12) ___________________ smells of a forest".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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hildrenwhovisitandexperiencethegreatoutdoorseverydayalsohaveb
etterthinkingskills.ResearchersfromUniversityCollegeLondonlooke
dathowwoodlandbenefitscitychildren.Theysaidtheirresearchhelpedt
heirunderstanding"ofthenaturalenvironmentasanimportantprotecti
vefactorfor[achild's]cognitivedevelopmentandmentalhealth".They
addedthatseeingandhearingthesoundsofnatureprovidespsychologi
calbenefitsforchildren,especiallythoseincities.Intheirfour-yearstu
dy,researchersstudied3,568childrenat31schoolsinLondon.Theylook
edathowthenaturalenvironmentaffectedthinkingskillsandmentalhe
alth.Theycalculatedhowwoodland,parks,and"bluespace"likerivers,l
akesandthesea,affectedchildren'shealth.Thechildrentookmemory-
basedtests.Thosewhovisitedwoodlandeverydayscoredhigheronthet
estsandhada17percentlowerriskofbehaviouralproblems.Aresearche
rsaidallchildrenshouldexperience"forestbathing".Thisisenjoying"th
esights,soundsandsmellsofaforest".

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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