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Olive Oil Reduces Risk of Stroke (16th June, 2011)

It is a well-known fact that olive oil is good for our health. Many studies show people who use a lot of olive oil in their food have fewer heart attacks. A new study finds that oilve oil also cuts the risk of having a stroke. A report from France’s University of Bordeaux finds that using a lot of olive oil in cooking and salad dressings reduces the risk of stroke by an average of 41 per cent. Research leader Dr Cécilia Samieri said doctors should recommend olive oil for older people, alongside more fruit and vegetables and less salt.

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There has been lots of research into the benefits of olive oil with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. The places in the world where people use a lot of olive oil are those where people live longer. Olive oil is a key part of the Mediterranean diet, which is famous for being healthy. Thousands of years ago people called olive oil “liquid gold”. In ancient Greece, people used it as medicine and athletes rubbed it all over their bodies because they believed they would run faster.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a well-

a.

having a stroke

2

good for

b.

of 41 per cent

3.

cuts the risk of

c.

dressings

4.

salad

d.

known fact

5.

by an average

e.

for older people

6.

recommend olive oil

f.

our health

 

Paragraph 2

1.

research into the benefits

a.

longer

2

high blood

b.

over their bodies

3.

where people live

c.

pressure

4.

a key part of the

d.

“liquid gold”

5.

people called olive oil

e.

of olive oil

6.

athletes rubbed it all

f.

Mediterranean diet


LISTENING GAP FILL

It ____________________ that olive oil is good for our health. Many studies show people ____________________ olive oil in their food have fewer heart attacks. A new study finds that oilve oil ____________________ of having a stroke. A report from France’s University of Bordeaux finds ____________________ olive oil in cooking and salad dressings reduces the risk of stroke ____________________ 41 per cent. Research leader Dr Cécilia Samieri said doctors should recommend olive oil for older people, ____________________ and vegetables and less salt.

There has been lots ____________________ the benefits of olive oil with diabetes, high ____________________, heart disease and obesity. The places in the world where people use a lot of olive oil ____________________ people live longer. Olive oil is a key part of the Mediterranean diet, which ____________________ being healthy. Thousands of years ago people called olive oil “liquid gold”. In ancient Greece, people used it as medicine and athletes ____________________ their bodies because they believed they ____________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

It is a well-(1) ____ fact that olive oil is good for our health. Many studies show people who use a lot of olive oil in their food have (2) ____ heart attacks. A new study finds that oilve oil also cuts the risk (3) ____ having a stroke. A report from France’s University of Bordeaux finds that (4) ____ a lot of olive oil in cooking and salad dressings reduces the risk of stroke by an average (5) ____ 41 per cent. Research leader Dr Cécilia Samieri said doctors should recommend olive oil for older people, alongside more fruit and vegetables and (6) ____ salt.

There has been lots of research (7) ____ the benefits of olive oil with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. The places in the world where people use a lot of olive oil are (8) ____ where people live longer. Olive oil is a (9) ____ part of the Mediterranean diet, which is famous (10) ____ being healthy. Thousands of years ago people called olive oil “(11) ____ gold”. In ancient Greece, people used it as medicine and athletes rubbed it (12) ____ over their bodies because they believed they would run faster.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

knew

(b)

knows

(c)

known

2.

(a)

cuts

(b)

fewer

(c)

less than

3.

(a)

with

(b)

of

(c)

at

4.

(a)

using

(b)

uses

(c)

used

5.

(a)

in

(b)

of

(c)

as

6.

(a)

fewer

(b)

smaller

(c)

less

7.

(a)

into

(b)

onto

(c)

at

8.

(a)

them

(b)

those

(c)

they

9.

(a)

lock

(b)

chain

(c)

key

10.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

of

11.

(a)

liquid

(b)

solid

(c)

gas

12

(a)

every

(b)

entire

(c)

all


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

It is a well-nkwno fact

2.

have fewer heart caktats

3.

the risk of having a troesk

4.

aslad dressings

5.

by an rgavaee of 41%

6.

loinedasg more fruit

 

Paragraph 2

7.

lots of aeehsrcr

8.

the inesbfet of olive oil

9.

people live grloen

10.

asufom for being healthy

11.

iiqdlu gold”

12.

dreubb it all over their bodies


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

pressure, heart disease and obesity. The places in the world where people use a lot of olive oil are those

(    )

41 per cent. Research leader Dr Cécilia Samieri said doctors should recommend olive oil for

(    )

of olive oil in their food have fewer heart attacks. A new study finds that oilve oil also cuts the risk of

(    )

cooking and salad dressings reduces the risk of stroke by an average of

(    )

There has been lots of research into the benefits of olive oil with diabetes, high blood

1  )

It is a well-known fact that olive oil is good for our health. Many studies show people who use a lot

(    )

for being healthy. Thousands of years ago people called olive oil “liquid

(    )

having a stroke. A report from France’s University of Bordeaux finds that using a lot of olive oil in

(    )

where people live longer. Olive oil is a key part of the Mediterranean diet, which is famous

(    )

over their bodies because they believed they would run faster.

(    )

older people, alongside more fruit and vegetables and less salt.

(    )

gold”. In ancient Greece, people used it as medicine and athletes rubbed it all


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

for     good     is     oil     Olive     health     our.    

2.

a     use     who     People     food     their     in     oil    olive     of     lot.    

3.

of     having     a     stroke     Oilve     oil     also     cuts     the     risk.    

4.

in     lot     cooking     of     olive     Using     oil     a.    

5.

Doctors     for     should     older    recommend     people     olive     oil.    

6.

Research     oil     olive     of     benefits     the     into.    

7.

lot     in     where     a     Places     world     use     the     people.    

8.

oil     is     a     key     part     of     the    Mediterranean     diet     Olive.    

9.

gold     oil     called     liquid     olive     People.    

10.

all     it     rubbed     Athletes     bodies     their     over.    


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 olive oil 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. OLIVE OIL: Search the Internet and find more information about olive oil. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about olive oil. Include imaginary interviews with olive oil experts and doctors . 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 an olive oil expert. Ask him/her three questions about olive oil. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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