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Coffee Doesn’t Wake You Up (3rd June, 2010)

A new report says drinking coffee doesn't wake you up. This goes against what most coffee drinkers believe. The research is from Bristol University in the U.K. Lead researcher Peter Rogers found that people who drink coffee only think it gives them a boost. He said in reality, caffeine doesn’t make you more alert. The study suggests a morning coffee only feeds the drinker’s addiction to caffeine. This then makes that person feel happier. Dr Euan Paul of the British Coffee Association disagrees. He says caffeine increases alertness levels.

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It’s strange that no one can agree on coffee. Some scientists say it is good for us, others say it isn’t. There are many reports that say it causes higher blood pressure or that it isn’t safe for pregnant women. We can also read articles that say coffee is good for our brain and memory or that it’s good for the heart. I suppose the only thing people do agree on is that we shouldn’t drink too much of it. Coffee is important for many of us. We drink it when we wake up and we meet people for a chat in cafes like Starbucks.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

This goes against what most coffee

a.

boost

2

The research is from

b.

to caffeine

3.

it gives them a

c.

drinkers believe

4.

make you

d.

alertness levels

5.

the drinker’s addiction

e.

Bristol University

6.

caffeine increases

f.

more alert

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It’s strange that no one

a.

for us

2

scientists say it is good

b.

much of it

3.

it causes higher

c.

cafes

4.

the only thing people do

d.

can agree

5.

we shouldn’t drink too

e.

agree on

6.

chat in

f.

blood pressure


LISTENING GAP FILL

A __________________ drinking coffee doesn't wake you up. __________________ what most coffee drinkers believe. The research is from Bristol University in the U.K. Lead researcher Peter Rogers found that people who drink coffee only think it __________________. He said in reality, caffeine doesn’t make you more alert. The __________________ morning coffee only feeds the drinker’s addiction to caffeine. ____________________ person feel happier. Dr Euan Paul of the British Coffee Association disagrees. He says caffeine __________________ levels.

It’s strange that __________________ on coffee. Some scientists say it is good for us, others say it isn’t. There are many reports __________________ higher blood pressure or that it isn’t safe for pregnant women. We can also read articles that say coffee is good for our brain __________________ that it’s good for the heart. I suppose the only thing people __________________ that we shouldn’t drink too much of it. Coffee is important for many of us. We drink __________________ and we meet __________________ in cafes like Starbucks.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A new report says drinking coffee doesn't wake you up. This goes (1) ____ what most coffee drinkers (2) ____. The research is from Bristol University in the U.K. Lead researcher Peter Rogers found that people who drink coffee only think it gives them a (3) ____. He said in reality, caffeine doesn’t make you more alert. The study suggests a morning coffee only feeds the drinker’s addiction (4) ____ caffeine. This then makes that person feel happier. Dr Euan Paul of the British Coffee Association disagrees. He says caffeine increases alertness (5) ____.

It’s strange that no one can agree on coffee. Some scientists say it is good for us, (6) ____ say it isn’t. There are many reports that say it causes higher blood pressure or that it isn’t (7) ____ for pregnant women. We can also read articles that say coffee is good for our brain and (8) ____ or that it’s good for the heart. I suppose the only thing people do agree on is that we shouldn’t drink too (9) ____ of it. Coffee is important for many of us. We drink it when we wake up and we meet people for a chat in cafes (10) ____ Starbucks.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

back

(b)

against

(c)

up

2.

(a)

belief

(b)

believable

(c)

believe

3.

(a)

boost

(b)

boast

(c)

best

4.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

of

5.

(a)

level

(b)

leveled

(c)

levels

6.

(a)

others

(b)

another

(c)

the other

7.

(a)

safety

(b)

safe

(c)

safes

8.

(a)

remember

(b)

memorize

(c)

memory

9.

(a)

much

(b)

most

(c)

many

10.

(a)

likely

(b)

liked

(c)

like


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A new trrepo

2.

coffee rsinkred

3.

gives them a otsbo

4.

mniognr coffee

5.

feel paipehr

6.

caffeine increases alertness eslvle

 

Paragraph 2

7.

no one can aeger

8.

higher odlob pressure

9.

gepnartn women

10.

good for the rheta

11.

we shouldn’t irknd too much

12.

a chat in cesaf


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

for many of us. We drink it when we wake up and we meet people for a chat in cafes like Starbucks.

(    )

coffee only think it gives them a boost. He said in reality, caffeine doesn’t make you more alert. The study suggests

(    )

happier. Dr Euan Paul of the British Coffee Association disagrees. He says caffeine increases alertness levels.

(    )

isn’t. There are many reports that say it causes higher blood pressure or that it isn’t safe for pregnant

(    )

It’s strange that no one can agree on coffee. Some scientists say it is good for us, others say it

(    )

women. We can also read articles that say coffee is good for our brain and memory or that it’s good for the

1  )

A new report says drinking coffee doesn't wake you up. This goes against what most coffee drinkers

(    )

heart. I suppose the only thing people do agree on is that we shouldn’t drink too much of it. Coffee is important

(    )

a morning coffee only feeds the drinker’s addiction to caffeine. This then makes that person feel

(    )

believe. The research is from Bristol University in the U.K. Lead researcher Peter Rogers found that people who drink


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

wake     up     Drinking     doesn't     you     coffee.    

2.

what     most     This     coffee     goes     drinkers     against     believe.    

3.

alert     Caffeine     make     more     doesn’t     you.    

4.

to     feeds     caffeine     the     drinker’s     Coffee     addiction     only.    

5.

increases     levels     He     caffeine     alertness     says.    

6.

scientists     for     say     us     it     is     Some     good.    

7.

higher     that     blood     say     pressure     it     causes     Reports.    

8.

for     say     good     brain     that     is     our     Articles     coffee.    

9.

is     Coffee     us     of     many     for     important.    

10.

up     wake     we     when     it     drink     We.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about coffee for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. COFFEE: Search the Internet and find more information about coffee and caffeine. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about coffee. Include imaginary an interview with a coffee addict. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a coffee addict. Ask him/her three questions about coffee. Give him/her three of your opinions on coffee. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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