The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Millions of people take dietary supplements thinking they are healthy. New research from the American organisation Consumer Reports (CR) found serious health risks from vitamins and weight loss pills. The biggest problem is they are largely unregulated. Medicines have to be tested for safety, but supplements need much less government approval. Consumers are in the dark about what's in supplements and what they do to the body.



The CR report showed the dangers of supplements. They can cause liver and kidney failure, transplants and heart problems. A report editor said it's not necessarily safe because it's not prescription. She urged people to avoid 15 ingredients in supplements because of the deaths linked to them. She said people should see a doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements. She said: "Treat it like a medication….It's really about your health."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/07/29/new-report-finds-serious-health-risks-from-taking-dietary-supplements/
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dietary-supplements-health-risks-consumer-reports-15-ingredients-to-avoid/
  • http://www.consumerreports.org/vitamins-supplements/supplements-can-make-you-sick/


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Millions of people take
  2. serious health
  3. weight
  4. Medicines have to be tested
  5. supplements need much
  6. government
  7. in the dark about what's
  8. what they
  1. in supplements
  2. do to the body
  3. for safety
  4. less
  5. dietary supplements
  6. risks
  7. loss pills
  8. approval

Paragraph 2

  1. The CR report showed the dangers
  2. They can cause liver and
  3. heart
  4. it's not necessarily
  5. She urged people to
  6. because of the deaths linked
  7. people should see a doctor or
  8. Treat it like a
  1. pharmacist
  2. problems
  3. medication
  4. avoid 15 ingredients
  5. of supplements
  6. safe
  7. kidney failure
  8. to them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Millions (1) ___________________ dietary supplements thinking they are healthy. New (2) ___________________ American organisation Consumer Reports (CR) found serious (3) ___________________ vitamins and weight loss pills. The biggest problem is (4) ___________________ unregulated. Medicines have to be (5) ___________________, but supplements need much less government approval. Consumers are in the dark about what's in supplements and (6) ___________________ the body.

The CR (7) ___________________ dangers of supplements. They can cause liver (8) ___________________, transplants and heart problems. A report editor said it's not (9) ___________________ because it's not prescription. She urged (10) ___________________ 15 ingredients in supplements because of the deaths linked to them. She said people should see a doctor or (11) ___________________ supplements. She said: "Treat it like a medication…. (12) ___________________ your health."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Millionsofpeopletakedietarysupplementsthinkingtheyarehealthy.Ne
wresearchfromtheAmericanorganisationConsumerReports(CR)fou
ndserioushealthrisksfromvitaminsandweightlosspills.Thebiggestpr
oblemistheyarelargelyunregulated.Medicineshavetobetestedforsaf
ety,butsupplementsneedmuchlessgovernmentapproval.Consumer
sareinthedarkaboutwhat'sinsupplementsandwhattheydotothebody
.TheCRreportshowedthedangersofsupplements.Theycancauseliver
andkidneyfailure,transplantsandheartproblems.Areporteditorsaidit
'snotnecessarilysafebecauseit'snotprescription.Sheurgedpeopletoa
void15ingredientsinsupplementsbecauseofthedeathslinkedtothem.
Shesaidpeopleshouldseeadoctororpharmacistbeforetakingsupplem
ents.Shesaid:"Treatitlikeamedication….It'sreallyaboutyourhealth."

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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