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The European Union has voted to end time changes in Europe. 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 to 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 alter the rules. They want to put an end to the time change. People have different reasons for this. Some people have difficulty because they work with people overseas where the time doesn’t change.

Other people don’t want the clocks to change because it makes them tired. Recent scientific studies have suggested that time changes affect people’s health in a bad way. In 2021, countries will be able to choose whether they want to make winter time or summer time their permanent time. This could mean that there will be more timezones in the EU.

The reason for changing the clocks is to increase daylight in the summer evenings. This was necessary in the past when daylight was very important for workers. It used to be important for farmers to have more daylight so they could work longer. 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 working together across different countries.

Difficult words

Alter: Make changes.

Overseas: In another country abroad.

Permanent: Something that will not change.

Timezone: Parts of the world that have different times.

Daylight: When the sun is shining in the sky.

Confusion: To not understand clearly.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Alter  A. Abroad
 2. Overseas  B. Sun
 3. Permanent  C. Unclear
 4. Daylight  D. Change
 5. Confusion  E. Forever

True or False?

1. The EU changes their time once a year. T / F

2. Some people want to stop the time changes. T / F

3. Scientists say time changes are good for health. T / F

4. Time changes make working with other countries difficult. T / F

5. Today, it is important for workers to have more daylight. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

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

2. means / clocks / forward / the / go / one / This / hour

3. reasons / for / different / have / this / People

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

5. farmers / used / important / be / to / It / 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:

Necessary Summer Twice
Reasons Many Electricity

The European Union has voted to end time changes in Europe. In Europe and many other places, the clocks are changed ___________ a year. In March, EU countries switch to summer time. In October, they switch to 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 _________ years.

Recently, many people have been asking the EU to alter the rules. They want to put an end to the time change. People have different ____________ for this. Some people have difficulty because they work with people overseas where the time doesn’t change.

Other people don’t want the clocks to change because it makes them tired. Recent scientific studies have suggested that time changes affect people’s health in a bad way. In 2021, countries will be able to choose whether they want to make winter time or _____________ time their permanent time. This could mean that there will be more timezones in the EU.

The reason for changing the clocks is to increase daylight in the summer evenings. This was ____________ in the past when daylight was very important for workers. It used to be important for farmers to have more daylight so they could work longer. Today, it is not so important because we have lights and ____________ in our homes. Many countries such as Korea, Japan and China don’t change their clocks. This causes confusion for companies working together across 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?