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Study Finds Coffee Drinkers Live Longer (17th May, 2012)

A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that coffee drinkers live longer. The study looked at the coffee-drinking habits of over 400,000 people over a 15-year period. The research team compared their statistics with those of people who did not drink coffee. The researchers found that male coffee drinkers lived ten per cent longer and women lived 15 per cent longer. The report said up to six cups of coffee a day seems to be good for one's health.

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Other studies have said coffee could be bad for our health. Many have focused on the effects of caffeine on blood pressure. Head researcher Dr Neal D. Freedman said his study means people do not have to worry about drinking coffee. He wrote that for a long time people thought that drinking coffee was a risky thing to do. He said: "Our results…provide [comfort] for coffee drinkers that this isn't the case." He added that coffee contains over 1,000 compounds and many of these may be good for us.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

coffee-

a.

to six cups of coffee

2

over a 15-year

b.

statistics

3.

compared their

c.

one's health

4.

male coffee

d.

period

5.

up

e.

drinkers

6.

good for

f.

drinking habits

 

Paragraph 2

1.

bad for

a.

have to worry

2

blood

b.

1,000 compounds

3.

people do not

c.

case

4.

a risky

d.

our health

5.

this isn't the

e.

thing to do

6.

coffee contains over

f.

pressure


LISTENING GAP FILL

A new ____________________ the New England Journal of Medicine has found that coffee ____________________. The study looked at the coffee-drinking habits of over 400,00 people over ____________________. The research team compared their ____________________ of people who did not drink coffee. The researchers ____________________ coffee drinkers lived ten per cent longer and women lived 15 per cent longer. The report said up to six cups of coffee a day ____________________ for one's health.

Other studies have said coffee could ____________________ health. Many have focused on the effects ____________________ blood pressure. Head researcher Dr Neal D. Freedman said his study ____________________ not have to worry about drinking coffee. He wrote that for a long time people thought that drinking coffee was ____________________ do. He said: "Our results…____________________ for coffee drinkers that this ____________________." He added that coffee contains over 1,000 compounds and many of these may be good for us.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A new report (1) ____ in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that coffee drinkers live longer. The study looked at the coffee-drinking (2) ____ of over 400,00 people (3) ____ a 15-year period. The research team compared their statistics with (4) ____ of people who did not drink coffee. The researchers found that (5) ____ coffee drinkers lived ten per cent longer and women lived 15 per cent longer. The report said (6) ____ to six cups of coffee a day seems to be good for one's health.

Other studies have said coffee could be bad (7) ____ our health. Many have focused on the effects (8) ____ caffeine on blood pressure. Head researcher Dr Neal D. Freedman said his study (9) ____ people do not have to worry about drinking coffee. He wrote that for a long time people thought that drinking coffee was a (10) ____ thing to do. He said: "Our results…provide [comfort] for coffee drinkers that this isn't the (11) ____." He added that coffee (12) ____ over 1,000 compounds and many of these may be good for us.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

punished

(b)

pushed

(c)

published

2.

(a)

habitation

(b)

habits

(c)

inhabitant

3.

(a)

over

(b)

via

(c)

up

4.

(a)

them

(b)

that

(c)

those

5.

(a)

male

(b)

man

(c)

macho

6.

(a)

increase

(b)

up

(c)

over

7.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

as

8.

(a)

about

(b)

for

(c)

of

9.

(a)

meaning

(b)

means

(c)

meanie

10.

(a)

risky

(b)

risk

(c)

riskiness

11.

(a)

bag

(b)

box

(c)

case

12

(a)

remains

(b)

contains

(c)

domains


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A new etorrp

2.

coffee-drinking thsiab

3.

over a 15-year piroed

4.

compared their tsicsaitst

5.

male coffee irnrsdke

6.

good for one's htahle

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the csfefet of caffeine

8.

blood ersurpse

9.

Head crreerhase

10.

a krysi thing to do

11.

Our results provide formcto

12.

over 1,000 ncoomudsp


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

to six cups of coffee a day seems to be good for one's health. Other studies

(    )

a 15-year period. The research team compared their statistics with those of people who

(    )

time people thought that drinking coffee was a risky thing to do. He said: "Our results…provide [comfort]

(    )

study means people do not have to worry about drinking coffee. He wrote that for a long

(    )

did not drink coffee. The researchers found that male coffee drinkers lived

(    )

drinkers live longer. The study looked at the coffee-drinking habits of over 400,000 people over

(    )

on the effects of caffeine on blood pressure. Head researcher Dr Neal D. Freedman said his

(    )

ten per cent longer and women lived 15 per cent longer. The report said up

(    )

over 1,000 compounds and many of these may be good for us.

(    )

for coffee drinkers that this isn't the case." He added that coffee contains

1  )

A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that coffee

(    )

have said coffee could be bad for our health. Many have focused


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

drinkers     longer     Found     coffee     live     that.    

2.

400,000     people     Coffee-drinking     habits     of     over.    

3.

research     compared     statistics     The     team     their.    

4.

ten     lived     longer     drinkers     cent     coffee     per     Male.    

5.

to    good    seems    coffee    six    to    a    cups    Up    be    day    of.    

6.

bad     be     could     Coffee     health     our     for.    

7.

caffeine     of     effects     The     pressure     blood     on.    

8.

have     do     about     to     not     drinking    worry    People     coffee.    

9.

a    that     was    thing    thought    coffee    risky    People     drinking.    

10.

1,000    compounds    He    added     that     coffee     contains     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.

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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. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about coffee. Include an imaginary interview with a health lover. 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 expert. Ask him/her three questions about coffee. 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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