The Reading / Listening - Level 6

A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the birth of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, posed for photos for the Indian press last week, proudly holding their healthy baby boy Arman. The couple had been trying to have a baby for decades, without success. They had been under a lot of pressure during that time to start a family. While most people would have accepted their fate and resigned themselves to a life without children, Daljinder and Mohinder persisted in their dream for a child. Daljinder started attending the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre for IVF treatment in 2013 and successfully became pregnant last year.



Specialists at the fertility clinic initially had reservations about offering Daljinder treatment because of her age. Dr Anurag Bishnoi told reporters: "I first tried to avoid the case because she was very weak, but then her medical reports were normal and she was fit to conceive." He added: "Our track record handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case, she looked visibly frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and for a battery of other tests." Meanwhile, Daljinder is over the moon about becoming a mother. She said: "I can live happily now. My life is complete." She is now the oldest woman ever to give birth.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/couple-seventies-show-first-baby-7947292
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/older-mothers-first-time-mom-vitro-fertilization-385569
  • http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/70-year-old-woman-gives-birth-to-her-first-child-thanks-to-ivf-treatment/1/665301.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. CHILDBIRTH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about childbirth. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       celebrating / birth / first child / posed / photos / decades / pressure / family / fate /
       fertility / reservations / treatment / conceive / cardiologist / procedure / battery

Have a   chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. AGE LIMIT: Students A strongly believe there should be an age limit on men and women having children; Students B strongly believe there shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. 72: What are the pros and cons of a 72-year-old doing these things? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Having a baby
  • Starting a business
  • Travelling the world
  • Learning a language
  • Getting married
  • Becoming a politician

 

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5. BABY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "baby". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CELEBRATING: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to celebrate at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • winning the lottery
  • finding something you lost
  • an A+ health check
  • the weekend arriving
  • a new baby
  • a sports team winning
  • passing a driving test
  • becoming fluent in English

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A woman has had her thirtieth child, aged 72.     T / F
  2. The woman had been tying to have a baby for five years.     T / F
  3. The woman was under pressure from her family to start a family.     T / F
  4. The woman became pregnant naturally, without doctors' help.     T / F
  5. A clinic did not want to help her at first.     T / F
  6. The woman's medical reports were not too good.     T / F
  7. The woman was referred to a cardiologist for tests.     T / F
  8. The woman said she is happy and that her life is complete.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. celebrating
  2. press
  3. couple
  4. fate
  5. persisted
  6. initially
  7. fit
  8. conceive
  9. clearance
  10. complete
  1. able
  2. destiny
  3. kept at it
  4. news media
  5. at first
  6. fulfilled
  7. commemorating
  8. permission
  9. get pregnant
  10. husband and wife

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. celebrating the
  2. posed
  3. They had been under
  4. resigned themselves to a
  5. successfully became
  6. Specialists at the fertility
  7. Our track
  8. I had to refer her to
  9. a battery
  10. Daljinder is over the
  1. clinic
  2. a lot of pressure
  3. of other tests
  4. pregnant
  5. birth of her first child
  6. a cardiologist
  7. moon
  8. for photos
  9. record
  10. life without children

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
couple
birth
dream
posed
pregnant
fate
success
IVF

A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the (1) ____________ of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, (2) ____________for photos for the Indian press last week, proudly holding their healthy baby boy Arman. The (3) ____________had been trying to have a baby for decades, without (4) ____________. They had been under a lot of pressure during that time to start a family. While most people would have accepted their (5) ____________and resigned themselves to a life without children, Daljinder and Mohinder persisted in their (6) ____________for a child. Daljinder started attending the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre for (7) ____________treatment in 2013 and successfully became (8) ____________last year.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
conceive
visibly
complete
initially
avoid
battery
track
cardiologist

Specialists at the fertility clinic (9) ____________had reservations about offering Daljinder treatment because of her age. Dr Anurag Bishnoi told reporters: "I first tried to (10) ____________the case because she was very weak, but then her medical reports were normal and she was fit to (11) ____________." He added: "Our (12) ____________record handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case, she looked (13) ____________frail too, so I had to refer her to a (14) ____________to get clearance for the procedure and for a (15) ____________of other tests." Meanwhile, Daljinder is over the moon about becoming a mother. She said: "I can live happily now. My life is (16) ____________." She is now the oldest woman ever to give birth.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the ______ child
     a.  bath of her first
     b.  birth of her first
     c.  birth of her fast
     d.  births of her first

2)  Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, _______
     a.  posted for photos
     b.  pasted for photos
     c.  posy for photos
     d.  posed for photos

3)  The couple had been trying to have a baby for decades, ______
     a.  within success
     b.  without success
     c.  without a success
     d.  without successful

4)  most people would have accepted ______
     a.  their fete
     b.  their fight
     c.  their freight
     d.  their fate

5)  IVF treatment in 2013 and successfully became ______
     a.  pregnancy last year
     b.  pregnancies last year
     c.  pageants last year
     d.  pregnant last year

 

6)  Specialists at the fertility clinic initially had reservations about offering ______
     a.  Daljinder treat meant
     b.  Daljinder treat mint
     c.  Daljinder treatment
     d.  Daljinder treatments

7)  I first tried to avoid the case because she was ______
     a.  very week
     b.  very weak
     c.  very weaker
     d.  very weakly

8)  then her medical reports were normal and she was ______
     a.  fit too conceive
     b.  flit to conceive
     c.  fit two conceive
     d.  fit to conceive

9)  she looked visibly frail too, so I had to refer her ______
     a.  to a radiologist
     b.  to a pharmacologist
     c.  to a zoologist
     d.  to a cardiologist

10)  Meanwhile, Daljinder is over ______
     a.  the noon
     b.  the mane
     c.  the moon
     d.  the sun

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India (1) ___________________ birth of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, (2) ___________________ for the Indian press last week, proudly holding their healthy baby boy Arman. The couple (3) ___________________ to have a baby for decades, without success. They had been under a lot of pressure during that time to start a family. While most people would have accepted their (4) ___________________ themselves to a life without children, Daljinder and Mohinder (5) ___________________ dream for a child. Daljinder started attending the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre for IVF treatment in 2013 and (6) ___________________ pregnant last year.

Specialists at the (7) ___________________ had reservations about offering Daljinder treatment because of her age. Dr Anurag Bishnoi told reporters: "I first tried to (8) ___________________ because she was very weak, but then her medical reports were normal and she was (9) ___________________." He added: "Our track record handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case, (10) ___________________ frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and for a (11) ___________________ tests." Meanwhile, Daljinder is over the moon about becoming a mother. She said: "I can live happily now. My (12) ___________________." She is now the oldest woman ever to give birth.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many children did Daljinder already have before she gave birth?
  2. How old is Daljinder Kaur's husband?
  3. From whom was Daljinder Kaur under a lot of pressure?
  4. What did the article say most childless couples would have accepted?
  5. What kind of clinic did Daljinder start attending in 2013?
  6. What did specialists at the clinic have reservations about?
  7. How were Daljinder's medical reports?
  8. How did a doctor say Daljinder looked?
  9. What did Daljinder have a battery of?
  10. What is Daljinder over?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many children did Daljinder already have before she gave birth?
a) 4
b) 0
c) 17
d) 29

2) How old is Daljinder Kaur's husband?
a) 99
b) 39
c) 59
d) 79

3) From whom was Daljinder Kaur under a lot of pressure?
a) her best friend
b) her husband
c) her family
d) her neighbours

4) What did the article say most childless couples would have accepted?
a) their fate
b) money
c) adoption
d) the truth

5) What kind of clinic did Daljinder start attending in 2013?
a) an ENT clinic
b) an IVF clinic
c) a BMI clinic
d) an MRI clinic

6) What did specialists at the clinic have reservations about?
a) Daljinder's age
b) a restaurant
c) flights to Delhi
d) their ability

7) How were Daljinder's medical reports?
a) dirty
b) old
c) normal
d) missing

8) How did a doctor say Daljinder looked?
a) frail
b) like a million rupees
c) like a mother
d) terrible

9) What did Daljinder have a battery of?
a) chickens
b) a Toyota Corolla
c) an iPhone
d) tests

10) What is Daljinder over?
a) being a mother
b) her husband
c) the moon
d) depression

Role play

Role A —A new baby

You think a new baby is the best thing to celebrate. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't worth celebrating as much. Also, tell the others which of these you would never celebrate (and why): passing your driving test, an A+ health check or the weekend arriving.

Role B —Passing your driving test

You think passing your driving test is the best thing to celebrate. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't worth celebrating as much. Also, tell the others which of these you would never celebrate (and why): a new baby, an A+ health check or the weekend arriving.

Role C —An A+ health check

An A+ health check You think an A+ health check is the best thing to celebrate. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't worth celebrating as much. Also, tell the others which of these you would never celebrate (and why): passing your driving test, a new baby or the weekend arriving.

Role D —The weekend arriving

The weekend arriving You think the weekend arriving is the best thing to celebrate. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't worth celebrating as much. Also, tell the others which of these you would never celebrate (and why): passing your driving test, an A+ health check or a new baby.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'child'

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  • and 'birth'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • offering
    • weak
    • track
    • too
    • battery
    • ever
    • celebrating
    • posed
    • success
    • pressure
    • dream
    • last




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - 72-year-old woman gives birth

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'fertility'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How old is too old to have a baby?
    5. What do you think of IVF?
    6. How different an upbringing will the baby have?
    7. How would women in their 70s having babies change the world in the future?
    8. Why do families pressure children to have a baby?
    9. Should childless couples accept they cannot have children?
    10. What advice do you have for Daljinder?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do fertility clinics do?
    3. Do fertility clinics add to overpopulation?
    4. Which is better – a baby boy or girl? Why?
    5. How much of a risk is it for a 72-year-old to have a baby?
    6. How much happiness do babies bring people?
    7. What's the oldest you would consider having a baby at?
    8. Is there a perfect age to have a baby?
    9. What problems might Daljinder have raising her baby?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Daljinder?

     

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the (1) ____ of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, (2) ____ for photos for the Indian press last week, (3) ____ holding their healthy baby boy Arman. The couple had been trying to have a baby for (4) ____, without success. They had been under a lot of pressure during that time to start a family. While most people would have accepted their fate and (5) ____ themselves to a life without children, Daljinder and Mohinder persisted in their dream for a child. Daljinder started (6) ____ the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre for IVF treatment in 2013 and successfully became pregnant last year.

    Specialists at the fertility clinic initially had (7) ____ about offering Daljinder treatment because of her age. Dr Anurag Bishnoi told reporters: "I first tried to avoid the (8) ____ because she was very weak, but then her medical reports were normal and she was fit to conceive." He added: "Our (9) ____ record handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case, she looked visibly (10) ____ too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and for a battery (11) ____ other tests." Meanwhile, Daljinder is over the moon about becoming a mother. She said: "I can live happily now. My life is complete." She is now the oldest woman (12) ____ to give birth.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     birth right     (b)     berth     (c)     birthing     (d)     birth    
    2. (a)     poached     (b)     prose     (c)     posted     (d)     posed    
    3. (a)     pride     (b)     proudly     (c)     prod     (d)     prodding    
    4. (a)     decadence     (b)     decanters     (c)     decades     (d)     decals    
    5. (a)     quit     (b)     stopped     (c)     resigned     (d)     abstained    
    6. (a)     attending     (b)     attendant     (c)     attendance     (d)     attend    
    7. (a)     quotes     (b)     reservations     (c)     bookings     (d)     tickets    
    8. (a)     case     (b)     folder     (c)     file     (d)     bag    
    9. (a)     trick     (b)     track     (c)     truck     (d)     tacky    
    10. (a)     frilly     (b)     fail     (c)     frail     (d)     full    
    11. (a)     from     (b)     for     (c)     of     (d)     off    
    12. (a)     over     (b)     every     (c)     even     (d)     ever

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (     )     husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, posed for photos for the Indian press last week, proudly holding their healthy baby

    (     )     age. Dr Anurag Bishnoi told reporters: "I first tried to avoid the case because she was very weak, but then her medical

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    (   1  )     A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the birth of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her

    (    )     Specialists at the fertility clinic initially had reservations about offering Daljinder treatment because of her

    (     )     mother. She said: "I can live happily now. My life is complete." She is now the oldest woman ever to give birth.

    (     )     frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and for a battery of other

    (     )     fate and resigned themselves to a life without children, Daljinder and Mohinder persisted in their dream for a

    (     )     reports were normal and she was fit to conceive." He added: "Our track record handling IVF in older

    (     )     boy Arman. The couple had been trying to have a baby for decades, without success. They had been under

    Put the words in the right order

    1. year  A  India  from  -  72  is   Amritsar  old  -  celebrating   ,  woman  .
    2. photos   last   for   week   the   Posed   Indian   for   press   .
    3. a   baby   for   decades   The   couple   had   been   trying   to   have   .
    4. a   lot   of   pressure   during   that   time   They   had   been   under   .
    5. would   accepted   fate   people   have   their   Most   .
    6. the   at   Specialists   reservations   had   initially   clinic   fertility   .
    7. case   the   avoid  to   tried  first   I  weak   very   was  she   because   .
    8. IVF   handling   record   track   Our   women   older   in   .
    9. refer   her   to   a   cardiologist   to   get   clearance   I   had   to   .
    10. now   woman   give   is   oldest   to   She   the   ever   birth   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the born / birth of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, posed / posted for photos for the Indian pressed / press last week, proud / proudly holding their healthy baby boy Arman. The couple had been trying to have a baby for decade / decades, without success. They had been under a lot of / for pressure during / while that time to start a family. While most people would have accepted their fate / fete and resigned themselves to a life without children, Daljinder and Mohinder persisted / consisted in their dream for a child. Daljinder started attending the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre for IVF treatment in 2013 and successfully became pregnant / pregnancy last year.

    Specialists at the fertility / fertile clinic initially had reservations about offering Daljinder treatment because of her old / age. Dr Anurag Bishnoi told reporters: "I first tried to evade / avoid the case because she was very weak, but then her medical reports were normally / normal and she was fit to concept / conceive." He added: "Our trick / track record handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case / suit, she looked visibly frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiology / cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and for a battery of other tests." Meanwhile, Daljinder is over the moon / sun about becoming a mother. She said: "I can live happily now. My life is complete." She is now the oldest woman ever to give birth / born.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a 72-year-old woman from amritsar india is celebrating the birth of her first child daljinder kaur and her husband mohinder singh gill 79 posed for photos for the indian press last week proudly holding their healthy baby boy arman the couple had been trying to have a baby for decades without success they had been under a lot of pressure during that time to start a family while most people would have accepted their fate and resigned themselves to a life without children daljinder and mohinder persisted in their dream for a child daljinder started attending the national fertility and test tube baby centre for ivf treatment in 2013 and successfully became pregnant last year

    specialists at the fertility clinic initially had reservations about offering daljinder treatment because of her age dr anurag bishnoi told reporters "i first tried to avoid the case because she was very weak but then her medical reports were normal and she was fit to conceive" he added "our track record handling ivf in older women has been fairly good but not everyone is fit to conceive in her case she looked visibly frail too so i had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and for a battery of other tests" meanwhile daljinder is over the moon about becoming a mother she said "i can live happily now my life is complete" she is now the oldest woman ever to give birth

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    themselvestoalifewithoutchildren,DaljinderandMohinderpersistedin
    theirdreamforachild.DaljinderstartedattendingtheNationalFertilitya
    ndTestTubeBabyCentreforIVFtreatmentin2013andsuccessfullybeca
    mepregnantlastyear.Specialistsatthefertilityclinicinitiallyhadreserv
    ationsaboutofferingDaljindertreatmentbecauseofherage.DrAnurag
    Bishnoitoldreporters:"Ifirsttriedtoavoidthecasebecauseshewasvery
    weak,butthenhermedicalreportswerenormalandshewasfittoconceiv
    e."Headded:"OurtrackrecordhandlingIVFinolderwomenhasbeenfair
    lygood,butnoteveryoneisfittoconceive.Inhercase,shelookedvisiblyfr
    ailtoo,soIhadtoreferhertoacardiologisttogetclearancefortheprocedu
    reandforabatteryofothertests."Meanwhile,Daljinderisoverthemoon
    aboutbecomingamother.Shesaid:"Icanlivehappilynow.Mylifeiscom
    plete."Sheisnowtheoldestwomanevertogivebirth.

    Free writing

    Write about childbirth for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Men and women in their seventies should never have children. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about childbirth. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. IVF: Make a poster about IVF. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. 70 SOMETHINGS: Write a magazine article about women in their 70s having children. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on childbirth. Ask him/her three questions about IVF. Give him/her three of your ideas on older women having children. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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