The Reading / Listening - Level 5

High-heel shoes are popular with many women worldwide. A new study shows that wearing them for a long time can permanently injure the body. A team of biomotion researchers from Stanford University did tests on the knees of women who wore flat shoes, shoes with 3.8-cm heels and shoes with 8.9-cm heels. The results show that women who wear high heels risk permanent damage to their knees. High heels put knees in an awkward, bent shape that makes them function like aged or damaged joints. This increases the risk of needing surgery.



A recent survey of 1,200 women shows how popular high heels are. It said 93 per cent of women feel sexier and more feminine when they wore heels, 88 per cent considered themselves more stylish and 77 per cent said heels made them feel slimmer. Many women ignore health warnings, the pain and the discomfort of wearing heels to look and feel good. A British doctor said he often treats women with problems caused by wearing heels. He said heels put the feet at a strange angle, which increases pressure on the knees by 25 per cent. This puts a lot of stress on the kneecaps.

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Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3036076/More-women-left-crippled-killer-heels-New-research-proves-high-heels-lead-arthritis-worn-knees.html
  • http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/570159/Shoe-lovers-health-warning-high-heels-crippling-women-arthritis


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

popular with many women

a.

shape

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permanently injure

b.

worldwide

3.

women who

c.

to their knees

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shoes with

d.

the risk

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permanent damage

e.

damaged joints

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in an awkward, bent

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the body

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makes them function like aged or

g.

8.9-cm heels

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This increases

h.

wore flat shoes



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

A recent survey

a.

strange angle

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feel sexier and

b.

on the kneecaps

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88 per cent considered themselves

c.

treats women

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the discomfort

d.

of 1,200 women

5.

A British doctor said he often

e.

of wearing heels

6.

put the feet at a

f.

pressure on the knees

7.

increases

g.

more stylish

8.

This puts a lot of stress

h.

more feminine

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

High-heel shoes (1) ___________________ many women worldwide. A new study shows that wearing them (2) ___________________ can permanently (3) ___________________. A team of biomotion researchers from Stanford University did tests on the knees of women who wore flat shoes, shoes with 3.8-cm heels and shoes with (4) ___________________. The results show that women who wear high heels risk permanent damage to their knees. High heels put knees (5) ___________________, bent shape that makes them function like aged or damaged joints. This (6) ___________________ of needing surgery.

A recent survey of 1,200 women (7) ___________________ high heels are. It said 93 per cent of women feel sexier (8) ___________________ when they wore heels, 88 per cent considered themselves more stylish and 77 per cent (9) ___________________ them feel slimmer. Many women ignore health warnings, (10) ___________________ discomfort of wearing heels to look and feel good. A British doctor said he often treats women with problems caused by wearing heels. He said heels (11) ___________________ a strange angle, which increases pressure on the knees by 25 per cent. This puts (12) ___________________ the kneecaps.





HIGH HEELS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about high heels in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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c)

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d)

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f)

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FREE WRITING

Write about high heels for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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