The Reading / Listening - Loneliness - Level 2

Research shows that loneliness and social isolation could increase the risk of dying early by 50%. Researchers tried to find out how loneliness affected the risk of dying early. People can be lonely even if they are with family and friends. Researchers also looked at the dangers of social isolation. This is when people have little or no contact with others. The research showed that the risk of an early death was 50 per cent lower for people who mixed with friends and family. Researchers said loneliness, social isolation, and living alone were all linked to an increased risk of early death.



The researchers said loneliness, social isolation, and living alone could be more dangerous than obesity. A professor said the research is worrying because the population is getting older. She said: "Many nations…suggest we are facing a 'loneliness epidemic'. The challenge…is what can be done about it." She suggested that one thing to help…is to teach social skills to children in schools. In addition, doctors could talk about loneliness to their patients. Finally, she said people should prepare for their old age social life like they do for their financial future.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Loneliness - Level 0 Loneliness - Level 1   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. Researchers tried to find
  2. how loneliness affected the risk
  3. have little or no contact
  4. the risk of an early
  5. people who mixed
  6. social
  7. living
  8. an increased risk
  1. death
  2. alone
  3. of dying early
  4. with friends
  5. of early death
  6. with others
  7. out
  8. isolation

Paragraph 2

  1. more dangerous than
  2. we are facing
  3. The challenge is what can be
  4. teach social skills to children
  5. doctors could talk about loneliness
  6. people should prepare
  7. social
  8. for their financial
  1. to their patients
  2. done about it
  3. life
  4. future
  5. obesity
  6. in schools
  7. a 'loneliness epidemic'
  8. for their old age

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research shows that (1) ___________________ isolation could increase the (2) ___________________ by 50%. Researchers tried to find out how loneliness affected the risk of dying early. People can be (3) ___________________ are with family and friends. Researchers also looked at the dangers of social isolation. This is when people have (4) ___________________ contact with others. The research showed that the (5) ___________________ death was 50 per cent lower for people who mixed with friends and family. Researchers said loneliness, social isolation, and living alone were all (6) ___________________ increased risk of early death.

The researchers said loneliness, social isolation, and living alone could be more (7) ___________________. A professor said the research is worrying because the population (8) ___________________. She said: "Many nations…suggest we are facing a 'loneliness epidemic'. The (9) ___________________ can be done about it." She suggested that one thing to help…is to teach (10) ___________________ children in schools. In addition, doctors (11) ___________________ loneliness to their patients. Finally, she said people should prepare for (12) ___________________ social life like they do for their financial future.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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kofdyingearlyby50%.Researcherstriedtofindouthowlonelinessaffec
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dthattheriskofanearlydeathwas50percentlowerforpeoplewhomixed
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dlivingalonewerealllinkedtoanincreasedriskofearlydeath.Theresear
cherssaidloneliness,socialisolation,andlivingalonecouldbemoredan
gerousthanobesity.Aprofessorsaidtheresearchisworryingbecauseth
epopulationisgettingolder.Shesaid:"Manynations…suggestwearefa
cinga'lonelinessepidemic'.Thechallenge…iswhatcanbedoneaboutit."
Shesuggestedthatonethingtohelp…istoteachsocialskillstochildrenin
schools.Inaddition,doctorscouldtalkaboutlonelinesstotheirpatients.
Finally,shesaidpeopleshouldpreparefortheiroldagesociallifelikethey
dofortheirfinancialfuture.

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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