The Reading / Listening - Loneliness - Level 0

Loneliness could increase the risk of dying early by 50%. Even people with family and friends can be lonely. There are also dangers with living alone and of having little or no contact with others. Research shows that the risk of dying early was 50% lower for people who mixed with their family and friends.



Researchers said loneliness could be more dangerous than obesity. Many countries are worrying about a 'loneliness epidemic'. This is a problem because people are getting older. A researcher said teachers and doctors should talk about loneliness to children and patients. People should prepare for their social life in their old age.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Loneliness - Level 1 Loneliness - Level 2   or  Loneliness - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318723.php
  • https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/06/loneliness-epidemic-growing-into-biggest-threat-to-public-health/124226.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/06/loneliness-deadlier-obesity-study-suggests/


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. Loneliness could
  2. There are also
  3. living
  4. having little or no
  5. Research shows
  6. the risk of dying
  7. 50%
  8. people who mixed
  1. early
  2. alone
  3. with their family
  4. dangers
  5. lower
  6. contact with others
  7. increase the risk
  8. that

Paragraph 2

  1. more dangerous than
  2. Many countries are
  3. a 'loneliness
  4. This is a
  5. people are getting
  6. teachers and
  7. talk about loneliness
  8. prepare for their social
  1. doctors
  2. problem
  3. to children
  4. obesity
  5. life in their old age
  6. worrying
  7. older
  8. epidemic'

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Loneliness (1) ___________________ the risk of dying early by 50%. Even (2) ___________________ family and friends can be lonely. (3) ___________________ dangers with living alone and of having (4) ___________________ contact with others. Research shows that (5) ___________________ dying early was 50% lower for people (6) ___________________ their family and friends.

Researchers (7) ___________________ could be more dangerous than obesity. Many (8) _________________ worrying about a 'loneliness epidemic'. (9) ___________________ problem because people are (10) ___________________. A researcher said teachers and doctors should (11) ___________________ loneliness to children and patients. People should prepare for their (12) ___________________ their old age.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Lonelinesscouldincreasetheriskofdyingearlyby50%.Evenpeoplewit
hfamilyandfriendscanbelonely.Therearealsodangerswithlivingalone
andofhavinglittleornocontactwithothers.Researchshowsthattherisk
ofdyingearlywas50%lowerforpeoplewhomixedwiththeirfamilyandfr
iends.Researcherssaidlonelinesscouldbemoredangerousthanobesit
y.Manycountriesareworryingabouta'lonelinessepidemic'.Thisisapro
blembecausepeoplearegettingolder.Aresearchersaidteachersanddo
ctorsshouldtalkaboutlonelinesstochildrenandpatients.Peopleshould
preparefortheirsociallifeintheiroldage.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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