The Reading / Listening - Level 4

A report says card games can help stroke patients recover just as much as computer games. Researchers did tests to see whether computer games or traditional games were better at treating strokes. They found that playing cards, bingo, dominoes, and even throwing paper balls improved patients' motor skills. Using Wii games consoles also helped. The researchers said if the task is repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help.



A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. Sufferers usually experience physical changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength. The researchers said it wasn't clear if virtual reality games or traditional games helped more. They said: "We…think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the case….We found that simple recreational activities…may be as effective."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36638178
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/stroke-recovery-1.3655273
  • http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/smh-alp062316.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. games can help stroke patients
  2. Researchers did tests
  3. games were better
  4. throwing paper
  5. improved patients' motor
  6. Wii games
  7. if the task
  8. gets the hands and arms
  1. is repetitive
  2. at treating strokes
  3. skills
  4. to see
  5. moving
  6. recover
  7. consoles
  8. balls

Paragraph 2

  1. the blood
  2. Sufferers usually experience physical
  3. drooping face
  4. slurred
  5. a loss of
  6. better than old-
  7. simple recreational
  8. may be as
  1. strength
  2. speech
  3. fashioned strategies
  4. effective
  5. changes
  6. activities
  7. muscles
  8. supply to the brain

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A report says card games can (1) ___________________ recover just as much as computer games. Researchers (2) ___________________ whether computer games or traditional games were (3) ___________________ strokes. They (4) ___________________ cards, bingo, dominoes, and even throwing paper (5) ___________________ motor skills. Using Wii games consoles also helped. The researchers said if (6) ___________________ and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help.

A stroke happens when the (7) ___________________ the brain is cut off. Sufferers usually experience physical changes (8) ___________________ face muscles, slurred speech and (9) ___________________. The researchers said it wasn't clear (10) ___________________ games or traditional games helped more. They said: "We…think that new technology is better (11) ___________________ strategies, but sometimes that's not the case….We found that simple recreational activities… (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Areportsayscardgamescanhelpstrokepatientsrecoverjustasmuchas
computergames.Researchersdidteststoseewhethercomputergames
ortraditionalgameswerebetterattreatingstrokes.Theyfoundthatplay
ingcards,bingo,dominoes,andeventhrowingpaperballsimprovedpati
ents'motorskills.UsingWiigamesconsolesalsohelped.Theresearcher
ssaidifthetaskisrepetitiveandgetsthehandsandarmsmoving,itwillhel
p.Astrokehappenswhenthebloodsupplytothebrainiscutoff.Sufferers
usuallyexperiencephysicalchangessuchasdroopingfacemuscles,slur
redspeechandalossofstrength.Theresearcherssaiditwasn'tclearifvirt
ualrealitygamesortraditionalgameshelpedmore.Theysaid:"We…thi
nkthatnewtechnologyisbetterthanold-fashionedstrategies,buts
ometimesthat'snotthecase….Wefoundthatsimplerecreationalactiviti
es…maybeaseffective."

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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