The Reading / Listening - Drinking Coffee - Level 4

There may be good news for coffee lovers. Drinking three cups a day could help you live longer. This is according to researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London. They looked at data on half a million people over the age of 35. They suggest that drinking coffee means coffee drinkers have an 8-18% lower risk of early death or health problems than non-coffee drinkers.



Not all experts agree. Some say the health benefits of coffee could be because coffee drinkers have more money and so are healthier. Coffee drinkers may socialize more and this could help people to live longer. The research does not prove that drinking coffee has health benefits. The researchers warned against drinking too much coffee. The safe daily amount of caffeine is around 400 mg. More than this increases the risk of panic attacks and heart problems.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Drinking Coffee - Level 5 or  Drinking Coffee - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40567047
  • https://www.emaxhealth.com/13737/studies-show-drinking-coffee-helps-you-live-longer
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318324.php


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. good news
  2. help you live
  3. according
  4. They looked at data on half
  5. over the age
  6. an 8-18% lower risk
  7. health
  8. non-coffee
  1. problems
  2. to researchers
  3. of 35
  4. drinkers
  5. for coffee lovers
  6. longer
  7. a million people
  8. of early death

Paragraph 2

  1. Not all experts
  2. health
  3. coffee drinkers have
  4. this could help people
  5. researchers warned against drinking
  6. The safe daily amount
  7. increases the risk of panic
  8. heart
  1. too much coffee
  2. more money
  3. problems
  4. of caffeine
  5. benefits
  6. attacks
  7. to live longer
  8. agree

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There may (1) ___________________ coffee lovers. Drinking three cups a day could help you live longer. (2) ___________________ to researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London. They (3) ___________________ on half a million people (4) ___________________ 35. They suggest that drinking coffee means coffee drinkers have an 8-18% (5) ___________________ early death or health problems than (6) ___________________.

Not all experts agree. Some say the health (7) ___________________ coffee could be because coffee drinkers have more money (8) ___________________ healthier. Coffee drinkers may socialize more and this could help people (9) ___________________. The research does not prove that drinking coffee has health benefits. The researchers warned (10) ___________________ too much coffee. The safe (11) ___________________ caffeine is around 400 mg. More than this increases the risk of (12) ___________________ heart problems.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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nkingcoffeemeanscoffeedrinkershavean8-18%lowerriskofearlyde
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vemoremoneyandsoarehealthier.Coffeedrinkersmaysocializemore
andthiscouldhelppeopletolivelonger.Theresearchdoesnotprovethat
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kingtoomuchcoffee.Thesafedailyamountofcaffeineisaround400mg.
Morethanthisincreasestheriskofpanicattacksandheartproblems.

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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