The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Maybe video games aren't so bad. A study shows that teenagers who regularly played games improved their test scores. However, social media use lowered exam results. In the study, researchers analysed the online activities of over 12,000 15-year-olds worldwide. It looked at their maths, reading and science scores. The study concluded that skills associated with online gaming matched those needed for maths, reading, and science.



Critics said the findings may not be relevant today because the games are now outdated. An education expert said while the study should make headlines, it doesn't reflect today's online gaming. However, the expert said children could learn useful skills to help their learning while gaming. She said: "Many games involve…problem solving [and] goal setting." Conversely, students who used social media a lot scored 20 points less on maths tests.

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Sources
  • http://mashable.com/2016/08/08/online-gaming-school-scores
  • http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/teens-who-play-online-games-perform-better-in-school-study-says-1.3022325
  • http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/45276/20160810/study-online-gaming-boosts-science-math-grades-facebook-no-academic-advantage.htm


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Maybe video games aren't
  2. teenagers who
  3. improved their
  4. researchers analysed the online
  5. over 12,000 15-year-olds
  6. maths, reading
  7. skills associated
  8. matched those needed
  1. and science scores
  2. test scores
  3. for math
  4. worldwide
  5. so bad
  6. with online gaming
  7. regularly played
  8. activities

Paragraph 2

  1. Critics said the findings may not
  2. the games are now
  3. An education
  4. the study should make
  5. it doesn't reflect today's online
  6. children could learn useful skills
  7. Many games involve problem
  8. goal
  1. gaming
  2. solving
  3. headlines
  4. outdated
  5. to help their learning
  6. be relevant today
  7. setting
  8. expert

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Maybe video games (1) ___________________. A study shows that teenagers (2) ___________________ games improved their test scores. However, social media (3) ___________________ results. In the study, researchers analysed the online (4) ___________________ 12,000 15-year-olds worldwide. It looked at their maths, reading and science scores. The (5) ___________________ skills associated with online gaming matched those (6) ___________________, reading, and science.

Critics said the findings may not (7) ___________________ because the games are now outdated. An (8) ___________________ said while the study should make headlines, it doesn't (9) ___________________ gaming. However, the expert said children could (10) ___________________ to help their learning while gaming. She said: "Many (11) ___________________ solving [and] goal setting." Conversely, (12) ___________________ social media a lot scored 20 points less on maths tests.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Maybevideogamesaren'tsobad.Astudyshowsthatteenagerswhoregu
larlyplayedgamesimprovedtheirtestscores.However,socialmediaus
eloweredexamresults.Inthestudy,researchersanalysedtheonlineact
ivitiesofover12,00015-year-oldsworldwide.Itlookedattheirmat
hs,readingandsciencescores.Thestudyconcludedthatskillsassociate
dwithonlinegamingmatchedthoseneededformaths,reading,andscie
nce.Criticssaidthefindingsmaynotberelevanttodaybecausethegam
esarenowoutdated.Aneducationexpertsaidwhilethestudyshouldma
keheadlines,itdoesn'treflecttoday'sonlinegaming.However,theexpe
rtsaidchildrencouldlearnusefulskillstohelptheirlearningwhilegaming
.Shesaid:"Manygamesinvolve…problemsolving[and]goalsetting."C
onversely,studentswhousedsocialmediaalotscored20pointslesson
mathstests.

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

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Free writing

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