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The European Union has voted to stop time changes. In Europe and many other places, the clocks are changed twice a year. In March, EU countries switch to summer time. In October, they switch back to normal time. This means the clocks go forward one hour in March and back one hour in October. It has been happening for many years.

Recently, many people have been asking the EU to change the rules. They don’t want the times to change anymore. People have different reasons for this. Some people have difficulty because they work with people in other countries. Other people don’t want the time to change because it makes them tired.

The time is changed because it makes more daylight in summer. This was more necessary in the past. In the past, daylight was very important for workers. Today, it is not so important because we have lights and electricity in our homes. Many countries such as Korea, Japan and China don’t change their clocks. This causes confusion for companies. It is difficult for them to work with people in different countries.

Difficult words

Vote: When a group of people choose what they want.

Difficulty: Something that is hard to do.

Daylight: The sun shining in the sky.

Necessary: Something that is needed.

Confusion: To not understand.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Vote A. Hard
 2. Difficulty B. Sun
 3. Daylight C. Don’t understand
 4. Necessary D. Choose
 5. Confusion E. Need

True or False?

1.  The time changes in Europe 3 times a year. T / F

2. People in Europe want time changes to stop. T / F

3.  The time changes make less daylight in summer. T / F

4.  Today, daylight is very important to workers.  T / F

5.  Korea and Japan do not change their clocks. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. a / year / The / twice / changed / clocks / are

2. the / times / to / change / They / don’t / want

3. have / Some / people / difficulty

4. necessary / the / past / more / This / in / was

5. companies / confusion / causes / This / for

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Clocks Difficulty Changes
Switch Countries Important

The European Union has voted to stop time ____________. In Europe and many other places, the clocks are changed twice a year. In March, EU countries switch to summer time. In October, they __________ back to normal time. This means the _________ go forward one hour in March and back one hour in October. It has been happening for many years.

Recently, many people have been asking the EU to change the rules. They don’t want the times to change anymore. People have different reasons for this. Some people have ______________ because they work with people in other countries. Other people don’t want the time to change because it makes them tired.

The time is changed because it makes more daylight in summer. This was more necessary in the past. In the past, daylight was very ______________ for workers. Today, it is not so important because we have lights and electricity in our homes. Many _____________ such as Korea, Japan and China don’t change their clocks. This causes confusion for companies. It is difficult for them to work with people in different countries.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think about this article?
4. Does the time change in your country?
5. Do you think the time changing is helpful?
6. Would you prefer to have more daylight in summer?
7. Does the amount of sun affect your mood?
8. Is daylight necessary for your job?
9. Do you think daylight-savings is an outdated idea?
10. Have you ever been inconvenienced by the time changing?
11. Do you think daylight-savings is bad for health? If yes, in what way?
12. What is the daylight like in your country during the summer and winter?
13. Do you ever need to contact people abroad?
14. How would daylight-savings positively affect you?
15. How would daylight-savings negatively affect you?
16. Some people say daylight-savings reduces car accidents because there is more light on the road. Do you think this is true?
17. If your country had a similar poll, how would you vote?
18. Do you use more electricity in the winter or summer?
19. Do you have a regular sleep schedule?
20. How would you react if your sleep schedule was interrupted by daylight-savings?