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Friday December 17, 2004
Being married is good for your health, but it might make you fat. These are the conclusions of a comprehensive new report issued by the US National Center for Health Statistics, which was based on a survey of 127,545 American adults. According to the report, nearly 60% of American adults married, 10.4% are separated or divorced, 6.6% are widowed, 19% are never married and 5.7% are living with a partner. The report also says marriage varies among race, with 61 percent of white adults being married, 58 percent of Hispanic adults, and 38 percent of black adults.
The main findings from the report suggest that married adults are:
• least likely to experience health problems.
Unfortunately the scientific reasons why married adults are healthier are as yet unknown and the benefits cannot be transferred to the young, single, sexually active, drinking and smoking sections of society. So next time you feel unhealthy, visit your local matchmaking service instead of your doctor.
POSSIBLE WARM UPS / COOL DOWNS
1. CHAT: Talk in pairs or groups about being married / being single / “risky health behaviours” / healthy lifestyle / back pain / stress …
2. MARRIED IS BEST: Brainstorm some reasons why being married is better (healthier) than being single. Students discuss in pairs / groups.
3. MARRIAGE BENEFITS: Write the following headings on the board and ask students to find out if marriage is good for each of them:
4. 2-MINUTE DEBATES: Students face each other in pairs and engage in the following (for-fun) 2-minute debates. Students A are assigned the first argument, students B the second. Rotate pairs to ensure a lively pace and noise level is kept:
1. WORD SEARCH: Students look in their dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … of the words ‘married’, and ‘marriage’.
2. HEADLINE: Put the article headline on the board for students to talk about / predict / speculate. Pairs / groups formulate and present their own guesses as to the contents of the report.
3. TRUE / FALSE: Students look at the headline and predict whether they believe the following statements are true or false:
(a) Being married is good for your health. T / F
4. SYNONYM MATCH: Students match the following synonyms from the article:
5. PHRASE MATCH: Students match the following phrases based on the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):
WHILE READING ACTIVITIES
1. GAP-FILL: Put the missing words under each paragraph into the gaps.
Get married and stay healthy
2. TRUE/FALSE: Students check their answers to the T/F exercise.
3. PHRASE MATCH: Students check their answers to the phrase match exercise.
4. QUESTIONS: Students make notes for questions they would like to ask the class about the article.
5. VOCABULARY: Students circle any words they do not understand. In groups pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find the meanings.
6. ‘THAT’S ME’: Students note down anything they read that describes them.
POST READING IDEAS
1. GAP-FILL: Check the answers to the gap-fill exercise.
2. QUESTIONS: Students ask the discussion questions they thought of above to their partner / group / class. Pool the questions for all students to share.
3. VOCABULARY: As a class, go over the vocabulary students circled above.
4. STUDENT-GENERATED SURVEY: Pairs/Groups write down 3 questions based on the article. Conduct their surveys alone. Report back to partners to compare answers. Report to other groups / the whole class.
5. ‘THAT’S ME’: Students share and discuss the notes they made regarding the similarities between their lives and what is written in the article.
6. MARRIAGE DISCUSSION: Students ask each other the following questions:
(a) What are the benefits of marriage?
1. VOCAB EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or the Google search field to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information on successful marriages. Share your findings with your class next lesson.
3. MARRIED HEALTH: Create an information poster of health benefits of marriage.
4. MARRIAGE SCHEDULE: You are a ‘marriage health consultant’. Create a daily schedule that married couples can do together to stay healthy.
TRUE / FALSE:
(a) Being married is good for your health. T