The Reading / Listening - Level 6

Couples might want to put a little extra effort into their marriage just before March and August every year. Sociologists have identified annual spikes in the number of divorces filed in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed data for divorces filed in the U.S. state of Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 alone. The scientists found that over the 14-year period of the study, divorce rates peaked in August, after the summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could be due to financial problems caused by the winter and summer holidays.



Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the anti-climax felt after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays themselves, may leave couples feeling stressed and deflated. She said: "People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life. It's like an optimism cycle." Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than rekindle romance.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-find-there-are-2-months-when-couples-are-most-likely-to-get-divorced
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312444.php
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3752624/Holidays-BAD-marriage-Divorce-rates-spike-summer-winter-breaks.html


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. DIVORCE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about divorce. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       couples / effort / marriage / divorce / alone / summer holidays / financial problems /
       anti-climax / stressed / deflated / expectations / disappointments / start / optimism

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. MARRIAGE: Students A strongly believe marriage is forever; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PROBLEMS: What advice would you give to a married couple with the following problems? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Money
  • In-laws
  • Different interests
  • Romance gone
  • Housework
  • Boredom
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5. EFFORT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "effort". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. STRESSES: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest stresses in a marriage at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • children
  • abuse
  • in-laws
  • different interests
  • money
  • housework
  • cheating
  • marrying too young

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Researchers say divorce season is March and August every year.     T / F
  2. Researchers looked at all the divorces in the USA between 2001 and 2015.     T / F
  3. There were nearly 25,000 divorces in Washington state in 2014.     T / F
  4. Summer holidays could be a reason that many couples get divorced.     T / F
  5. A researcher said holidays can leave couples feeling down.     T / F
  6. The researcher said people have low expectations of holidays.     T / F
  7. The researcher said holidays do not represent anything new.     T / F
  8. The researcher said holidays usually fire up lost romances.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. extra
  2. identified
  3. filed
  4. due to
  5. financial
  6. anti-climax
  7. expectations
  8. optimism
  9. proximity
  10. exacerbate
  1. submitted
  2. positiveness
  3. monetary
  4. pinpointed
  5. worsen
  6. additional
  7. nearness
  8. disappointment
  9. hopes
  10. because of

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Couples might want to put a little extra
  2. Sociologists have identified annual spikes
  3. 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014
  4. over the 14-year period
  5. the divorces could be due to
  6. the anti-
  7. leave couples feeling stressed and
  8. spend more time in closer
  9. exacerbate
  10. rekindle
  1. in the number of divorces
  2. of the study
  3. climax felt after the build-up
  4. proximity to each other
  5. effort into their marriage
  6. romance
  7. tensions
  8. alone
  9. deflated
  10. financial problems

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
alone
due
extra
caused
filed
period
identified
data

Couples might want to put a little (1) ____________ effort into their marriage just before March and August every year. Sociologists have (2) ____________ annual spikes in the number of divorces (3) ____________ in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed (4) ____________ for divorces filed in the U.S. state of Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 (5) ____________. The scientists found that over the 14-year (6) ____________ of the study, divorce rates peaked in August, after the summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could be (7) ____________ to financial problems (8) ____________ by the winter and summer holidays.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
past
themselves
optimism
anticipation
romance
deflated
anti-climax
transition

Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the (9) ____________ felt after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays (10) ____________, may leave couples feeling stressed and (11) ____________. She said: "People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years (12) ____________." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the (13) ____________ or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a (14) ____________ into a new period of life. It's like an (15) ____________ cycle." Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than rekindle (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Couples might want to put a little extra effort ______ marriage
     a.  on to their
     b.  until their
     c.  into their
     d.  unto their

2)  Sociologists have identified annual spikes in the number of ______
     a.  divorce is filed
     b.  divorces fired
     c.  divorces filed
     d.  divorce is fired

3)  analysed data for divorces filed in the U.S. ______
     a.  state off Washington
     b.  state of Washington
     c.  states of Washington
     d.  stated off Washington

4)  There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state ______
     a.  in 2014 lonely
     b.  in 2014 a lone
     c.  in 2014 a loner
     d.  in 2014 alone

5)  Some researchers said the divorces could be ______ problems
     a.  dew to financial
     b.  due to financial
     c.  due too financial
     d.  dew two financial

6)  Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the anti-climax felt ______
     a.  after a built-up
     b.  after the build-ups
     c.  after a build-up
     d.  after the build-up

7)  She said: "People tend to face the holidays with ______"
     a.  rising expectations
     b.  rise in expectations
     c.  rising expectation
     d.  raising expectation

8) periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for ______
     a.  a new beginning
     b.  a news beginning
     c.  a newly beginning
     d.  a knew beginning

9)  Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity ______
     a.  to each other
     b.  too each other
     c.  to each others
     d.  to each another

10)  … which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than ______
     a.  rekindle romances
     b.  rekindle bromance
     c.  rekindle romantic
     d.  rekindle Rome ants

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Couples might want (1) ___________________ extra effort into their marriage just before March and August every year. Sociologists have identified annual spikes (2) ___________________ divorces filed in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed (3) ___________________ filed in the U.S. state of Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 alone. The scientists found that over the (4) ___________________ of the study, divorce rates peaked in August, after the (5) ___________________, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could be due to financial problems (6) ___________________ winter and summer holidays.

Researcher Julie Brines suggested that (7) ___________________ felt after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays themselves, may leave couples feeling stressed (8) ___________________. She said: "People tend to face the holidays with (9) ___________________, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or (10) ___________________ a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a (11) ___________________. It's like an optimism cycle." Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may actually (12) ___________________ rather than rekindle romance.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article suggest couples put into their marriage before March?
  2. What did sociologists identify regarding the number of divorces?
  3. How many divorces were filed in Washington state in 2014?
  4. How many years of divorces did the researchers look at?
  5. What kind of problems did researchers say might be the cause for divorces?
  6. How does the anti-climax of holidays leave couples feeling?
  7. What did a researcher say people tended to face holidays with?
  8. What did the researcher say holidays were an opportunity for?
  9. What kind of cycle did the researcher say holidays were part of?
  10. What tends not to get rekindled when tensions are exacerbated?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article suggest couples put into their marriage before March?
a) more conversations
b) spice
c) romance
d) a little extra effort

2) What did sociologists identify regarding the number of divorces?
a) every year
b) annual spikes
c) filings
d) data

3) How many divorces were filed in Washington state in 2014?
a) around 25,000
b) exactly 25,000
c) almost 25,000
d) just over 25,000

4) How many years of divorces did the researchers look at?
a) 14
b) 15
c) 16
d) 17

5) What kind of problems did researchers say might be the cause for divorces?
a) boredom
b) cheating
c) money
d) in-laws

6) How does the anti-climax of holidays leave couples feeling?
a) elated and inflated
b) stressed and deflated
c) poor and broke
d) happy and glad

7) What did a researcher say people tended to face holidays with?
a) a compass
b) disappointments
c) stress
d) rising expectations

8) What did the researcher say holidays were an opportunity for?
a) a new beginning
b) disappointments
c) years past
d) a cycle

9) What kind of cycle did the researcher say holidays were part of?
a) a fun bicycle
b) a racing cycle
c) an optimism cycle
d) a tandem

10) What tends not to get rekindled when tensions are exacerbated?
a) proximity
b) romance
c) barbecues
d) holidays

Role play

Role A — Money

You think money causes the biggest stress in a marriage. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as stressful. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): housework, in-laws or cheating.

Role B — Housework

You think housework causes the biggest stress in a marriage. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as stressful. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): money, in-laws or cheating.

Role C — In-laws

You think in-laws cause the biggest stress in a marriage. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as stressful. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): housework, money or cheating.

Role D — Cheating

You think cheating causes the biggest stress in a marriage. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as stressful. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why):  housework, in-laws or money.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'divorce'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'season'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • anti-
    • build
    • tend
    • start
    • cycle
    • romance
    • extra
    • annual
    • 2001
    • 2014
    • 14
    • due




    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 - Study shows there are two divorce seasons

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'divorce'?
    3. Why do so many marriages end in divorce?
    4. What do you think about what you read?
    5. Should couples make an extra effort around divorce season?
    6. Should engaged couples take a test to see if their marriage will last?
    7. Who suffers the most from a divorce?
    8. How can we prevent divorce?
    9. What do you think of making divorce illegal?
    10. What do you think of the idea that marriage is forever?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Do you always feel an anti-climax after holidays?
    3. What makes couples stressed?
    4. Are family holidays always fun?
    5. What stresses are there associated with holidays?
    6. Why is a holiday "the opportunity for a new beginning"?
    7. What is your advice for a successful marriage?
    8. Why do couples need to spend some time apart?
    9. Would it be better for couples to go on separate holidays?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Couples might want to put a little extra (1) ____ into their marriage just before March and August every year. Sociologists have identified annual (2) ____ in the number of divorces filed in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed data for divorces filed in the U.S. state (3) ____ Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 (4) ____. The scientists found that over the 14-year period of the study, divorce rates (5) ____ in August, after the summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could be (6) ____ to financial problems caused by the winter and summer holidays.

    Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the anti-climax felt after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays (7) ____, may leave couples feeling stressed and deflated. She said: "People (8) ____ to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years (9) ____." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for a new (10) ____, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life. It's like an optimism cycle." Couples (11) ____ spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may (12) ____ exacerbate tensions rather than rekindle romance.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     effort     (b)     affront     (c)     offend     (d)     efface    
    2. (a)     spokes     (b)     speaks     (c)     spikes     (d)     specks    
    3. (a)     for     (b)     from     (c)     of     (d)     off    
    4. (a)     a lone     (b)     loner     (c)     lonely     (d)     alone    
    5. (a)     peaked     (b)     poked     (c)     pealed     (d)     pecked    
    6. (a)     around     (b)     due     (c)     as     (d)     for    
    7. (a)     them     (b)     serves     (c)     itself     (d)     themselves    
    8. (a)     trend     (b)     tend     (c)     extend     (d)     attend    
    9. (a)     by     (b)     gone     (c)     past     (d)     ago    
    10. (a)     beginner     (b)     begins     (c)     begin     (d)     beginning    
    11. (a)     genetically     (b)     genuine     (c)     genial     (d)     generally    
    12. (a)     actual     (b)     actually     (c)     actuary     (d)     actuality

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     year. Sociologists have identified annual spikes in the number of divorces filed in these

    (    )     two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed data for divorces filed in the U.S. state

    (    )     other during holidays, which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than rekindle romance.

    (    )     alone. The scientists found that over the 14-year period of the study, divorce rates peaked in August, after the

    (    )     be due to financial problems caused by the winter and summer holidays.

    (    )     summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could

    (    )     rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past." She added: "[Holidays]

    (    )     optimism cycle." Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each

    (    )     start, something different, a transition into a new period of life. It's like an

    (    )     themselves, may leave couples feeling stressed and deflated. She said: "People tend to face the holidays with

    (    )     of Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014

    1  )     Couples might want to put a little extra effort into their marriage just before March and August every

    (    )     represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new

    (    )     Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the anti-climax felt after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. have  spikes  number  Sociologists  annual  the  divorces  identified  in  of  .
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    6. the   after   felt   climax   anti-   The   holidays   to   up   build-   .
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    8. beginning   opportunity   The   for   anticipation   a   or   new   the.
    9. closer   in   time   more   spend   generally   Couples   proximity.
    10. tensions   Exacerbate   romance   rekindle   than   rather.

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Couples might want to add / put a little extra effort / affront into their marriage just before March and August every year. Sociologists have identity / identified annual spikes / sparks in the number of divorces filed in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed data for divorces filed in the U.S. state of / as Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 alone / lonely. The scientists found that over the 14-year period of the study, divorce rates poked / peaked in August, after the summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could be due / dew to financial problems caused / causing by the winter and summer holidays.

    Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the anti-climax felt / touched after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays itself / themselves, may leave couples feeling stressed and inflated / deflated. She said: "People tend / trend to face the holidays with risen / rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years passed / past." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the constipation / anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a contrition / transition into a new period of life. It's like an optimism bike / cycle." Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than rewind / rekindle romance.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    couples might want to put a little extra effort into their marriage just before march and august every year sociologists have identified annual spikes in the number of divorces filed in these two months researchers from the university of washington analysed data for divorces filed in the us state of washington between 2001 and 2015 there were almost 25000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 alone the scientists found that over the 14-year period of the study divorce rates peaked in august after the summer holidays and in march after the christmas and new year holidays some researchers said the divorces could be due to financial problems caused by the winter and summer holidays

    researcher julie brines suggested that the anti-climax felt after the build-up to holidays and the holidays themselves may leave couples feeling stressed and deflated she said "people tend to face the holidays with rising expectations despite what disappointments they might have had in years past" she added "[holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning a new start something different a transition into a new period of life it's like an optimism cycle" couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than rekindle romance

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ntoanewperiodoflife.It'slikeanoptimismcycle."Couplesgenerallyspe
    ndmoretimeincloserproximitytoeachotherduringholidays,whichma
    yactuallyexacerbatetensionsratherthanrekindleromance.

    Free writing

    Write about divorce for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the pros and cons of making divorce illegal? What's your opinion? Why?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about divorce. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. DIVORCE: Make a poster about divorce. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MARRIAGE: Write a magazine article about marriage being forever. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on divorce. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how couples can stay together. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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