The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Research says that husbands do not help enough around the house. A study from an American university says it is rare for men to do an equal share of housework. Researchers looked at 182 working couples. Both partners worked the same number of hours in full-time jobs. Men did five hours a week less housework after their baby was born, even though both parents worked the same number of hours in their job. They spent this time helping with the baby.



Becoming a parent added about 21 hours per week to a mother's work. Most of this was looking after her baby. New fathers did not do extra work because they did not realise the mother was doing so much more. Another reason is that after a baby is born, fathers follow the 'traditional' roles in society, where the mother looks after the baby and the father works. This happens even when the mother is working the same number of hours in her job.

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Sources
  • http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1352264-dual-earner-couples-share-housework-equally-until-first-baby-comes/
  • http://www.stwnewspress.com/cnhi_network/study-men-are-lazy-to-their-core/article_bbfd72ec-3be8-56e5-b4be-9f9bab767ed2.html
  • http://www.smh.com.au/business/parenthood-makes-men-even-lazier-says-study-20150508-ggwxnr.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

husbands do not

a.

time jobs

2.

around the

b.

for men

3.

an American university says it is rare

c.

help enough

4.

do an equal

d.

couples

5.

working

e.

the baby

6.

in full-

f.

a week less

7.

Men did five hours

g.

house

8.

helping with

h.

share of housework



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Becoming a

a.

more

2.

added about 21 hours per

b.

realise

3.

looking after

c.

roles in society

4.

New fathers did not do

d.

her baby

5.

they did not

e.

parent

6.

doing so much

f.

extra work

7.

follow the 'traditional'

g.

number of hours

8.

working the same

h.

week

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Research says that husbands (1) ___________________ around the house. A study from an American university (2) ___________________ men to do an equal share of housework. Researchers looked at 182 (3) ___________________. Both partners worked the same number of hours (4) ___________________. Men did five hours a week less housework after their baby was born, (5) ___________________ parents worked the same number of hours in their job. They (6) ___________________ helping with the baby.

Becoming a parent (7) ___________________ hours per week to a mother's work. Most of this was (8) ___________________ baby. New fathers did (9) ___________________ because they did not realise the mother was (10) ___________________ more. Another reason is that after a baby is born, fathers follow the 'traditional' (11) ___________________, where the mother looks after the baby and the father works. This happens even when the mother is working the same number (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Researchsaysthathusbandsdonothelpenougharoundthehouse.Astu
dyfromanAmericanuniversitysaysitisrareformentodoanequalshareo
fhousework.Researcherslookedat182workingcouples.Bothpartners
workedthesamenumberofhoursinfull-timejobs.Mendidfiveho
ursaweeklesshouseworkaftertheirbabywasborn,eventhoughbothpa
rentsworkedthesamenumberofhoursintheirjob.Theyspentthistimeh
elpingwiththebaby.Becomingaparentaddedabout21hoursperweekt
oamother'swork.Mostofthiswaslookingafterherbaby.Newfathersdid
notdoextraworkbecausetheydidnotrealisethemotherwasdoingsomu
chmore.Anotherreasonisthatafterababyisborn,fathersfollowthe'tra
ditional'rolesinsociety,wherethemotherlooksafterthebabyandthefat
herworks.Thishappensevenwhenthemotherisworkingthesamenum
berofhoursinherjob.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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

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f)

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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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g)

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h)

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WRITING

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

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