The Reading / Listening - Older Mothers - Level 3

New research suggests that the children of older mothers grow up to be happier. The study says children will also experience fewer behavioural problems and have fewer social and emotional difficulties. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark looked at data from a random sample of 4,741 mothers. Lead researcher Professor Dion Sommer said we become, "more mentally flexible with age, more tolerant of other people". He said this could be the reason why older mothers do not scold and physically discipline their children as much as younger mothers. He added that, "this style of parenting can contribute to a positive psycho-social environment" as the child grows up.



The findings of the research showed that the average age of the women while pregnant was about 31. Studies show that older mothers worry less during pregnancy and are happier and more positive about becoming parents and towards their children in general. This may mean they are more caring and supportive of their children. Older mothers also tend to be in more stable relationships, they are better off financially and they have had a better education. Researchers also found that children born to older mothers have a better language ability than those born to younger mothers. This may be because older mothers spend more time with their children and talk to them more often.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Older Mothers - Level 0 Older Mothers - Level 1   or  Older Mothers - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20170323/older-mothers-may-raise-better-behaved-kids-study-suggests
  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17405629.2016.1266248?journalCode=pedp20
  • http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170323/Children-born-to-older-mothers-are-at-an-advantage-report-researchers.aspx


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Warm-ups

1. OLDER MOTHERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about older mothers. 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?

       research / happier / experience / emotional / difficulties / flexible / discipline / positive
       average / pregnant / in general / supportive / relationships / financially / language

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

3. YOUNGER MOTHERS: Students A strongly believe mothers are better than older mothers; Students B strongly believe the opposite is true.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PARENTING: What are the pros and cons of parenting? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Money

 

 

Sleep

 

 

Holidays

 

 

Happiness

 

 

Future

 

 

Mental health

 

 

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

6. HAPPY: Rank these with your partner. Put the things that make parents happiest at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • a child's first "I love you"
  • big hugs
  • bath time
  • reading together
  • a child's birth
  • children at play
  • child graduates university
  • child gets married

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A study says children of older mothers have fewer behavioral problems.  T / F
  2. The study is from a university in Denmark.     T / F
  3. Researchers looked at data from 4,741 mothers.     T / F
  4. The study said older mums scold children more than younger mums.    T / F
  5. The average age of the mothers in the study was 41.     T / F
  6. The study found that older mothers worried more about their pregnancy. T / F
  7. Older mothers are usually in more stable relationships.     T / F
  8. Younger mothers were found to talk to their children more.     T / F

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

  1. experience
  2. data
  3. tolerant
  4. discipline
  5. environment
  6. show
  7. in general
  8. stable
  9. ability
  10. talk
  1. control
  2. demonstrate
  3. secure
  4. surroundings
  5. speak
  6. open-minded
  7. talent
  8. come across
  9. usually
  10. information

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

  1. the children of older mothers
  2. fewer social and
  3. looked at data from a
  4. more tolerant
  5. older mothers do not scold and physically
  6. the average age of the women
  7. mothers worry less during
  8. children in
  9. Older mothers also tend to be in
  10. a better language
  1. random sample
  2. more stable relationships
  3. discipline their children
  4. emotional difficulties
  5. pregnancy
  6. general
  7. grow up to be happier
  8. ability
  9. of other people
  10. while pregnant

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fewer
discipline
reason
data
suggests
style
difficulties
age

New research (1) ____________ that the children of older mothers grow up to be happier. The study says children will also experience (2) ____________ behavioural problems and have fewer social and emotional (3) ____________. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark looked at (4) ____________ from a random sample of 4,741 mothers. Lead researcher Professor Dion Sommer said we become, "more mentally flexible with                (5) ____________, more tolerant of other people". He said this could be the (6) ____________ why older mothers do not scold and physically (7) ____________ their children as much as younger mothers. He added that, "this (8) ____________ of parenting can contribute to a positive psycho-social environment" as the child grows up.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
off
supportive
spend
pregnancy
average
ability
tend
general

The findings of the research showed that the (9) ____________ age of the women while pregnant was about 31. Studies show that older mothers worry less during (10) ____________ and are happier and more positive about becoming parents and towards their children in (11) ____________. This may mean they are more caring and (12) ____________ of their children. Older mothers also (13) ____________ to be in more stable relationships, they are better (14) ____________ financially and they have had a better education. Researchers also found that children born to older mothers have a better language (15) ____________ than those born to younger mothers. This may be because older mothers (16) ____________ more time with their children and talk to them more often.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  New research suggests that the children of older mothers grow ______
     a.  up to be happy a
     b.  up to been happier
     c.  up too be happier
     d.  up to be happier

2)  fewer behavioural problems and have fewer social and ______
     a.  emotionally difficulty
     b.  emotionally difficult ties
     c.  emotional difficulties
     d.  emotionally difficulties

3)  Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark looked at data from ______
     a.  a random simple
     b.  a random sample
     c.  a random sump all
     d.  a random stamp all

4)  we become, "more mentally flexible with age, ______"
     a.  more tolerant
     b.  more tolerance
     c.  more toll errant
     d.  more taller ant

5)  the reason why older mothers do not scold and physically ______ children
     a.  discipline them
     b.  discipline there
     c.  discipline they're
     d.  discipline their

6)  Studies show that older mothers worry less ______
     a.  during pregnant see
     b.  jury pregnancy
     c.  jawing pregnancies
     d.  during pregnancy

7)  This may mean they are more caring and ______ children
     a.  support if of their
     b.  supportive off their
     c.  supportive of their
     d.  support I've of there

8)  Older mothers also tend to be in more ______
     a.  stay bull relationships
     b.  stable relationships
     c.  stay ball relationships
     d.  stable relationship

9)  Researchers also found that children born to older mothers have a better ______
     a.  language abilities
     b.  languages ability
     c.  languages abilities
     d.  language ability

10) older mothers spend more time with their children and talk to ______
     a.  them more off ten
     b.  them more oft than
     c.  them more often than
     d.  them more often

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research suggests that the (1) ___________________ mothers grow up to be happier. The study says children will also experience fewer behavioural problems and have fewer (2) ___________________ difficulties. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark (3) ___________________ from a random sample of 4,741 mothers. Lead researcher Professor Dion Sommer said we become, "more mentally (4) ___________________, more tolerant of other people". He said this could be the reason why older mothers do not (5) ___________________ discipline their children as much as younger mothers. He added that, "this style of parenting can contribute to a positive psycho-social environment" as (6) ___________________.

The findings of the research showed that (7) ___________________ the women while pregnant was about 31. Studies show that older mothers worry less (8) ___________________ and are happier and more positive about becoming parents and towards their (9) ___________________. This may mean they are more caring and supportive of their children. Older mothers also tend (10) ___________________ stable relationships, they are better off financially and they have had a better education. Researchers also found that children born to older mothers have a better (11) ___________________ than those born to younger mothers. This may be because older mothers (12) ___________________ with their children and talk to them more often.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of problems will children of older mothers have fewer of?
  2. What country is this research from?
  3. How many mothers' data did researchers look at?
  4. What do older mothers become with other people?
  5. What do older mothers do less of physically to their children?
  6. What was the average age of pregnant mothers in the sample?
  7. What tends to be more stable with older mothers?
  8. In what way did the article say older mothers are better off?
  9. What ability is better in children of older mothers?
  10. Who do older mothers spend more time with?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of problems will children of older mothers have fewer of?
a) behavioural problems
b) bullying
c) money problems
d) difficulty problems

2)  What country is this research from?
a) Sweden
b) Norway
c) Denmark
d) Finland

3)  How many mothers' data did researchers look at?
a) 4,417
b) 1,471
c) 7.417
d) 4,741

4)  What do older mothers become with other people?
a) strangers
b) more tolerant
c) monsters
d) friends

5)  What do older mothers do less of physically to their children?
a) discipline them
b) hug them
c) shout at them
d) use their real name

6)  What was the average age of pregnant mothers in the sample?
a) 51
b) 41
c) 21
d) 31

7)  What tends to be more stable with older mothers?
a) their mind
b) their balance
c) relationships
d) the weather

8)  In what way did the article say older mothers are better off?
a) emotionally
b) financially
c) health-wise
d) alone

9)  What ability is better in children of older mothers?
a) cooking
b) sciences
c) language
d) maths

10)  Who do older mothers spend more time with?
a) their husband
b) their children
c) their neighbours
d) their doctor

Role play

Role  A – 18

You think 18 is the best age to become a first-time parent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ages. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): 25, 32 or 40.

Role  B – 25

You think 25 is the best age to become a first-time parent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ages. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): 18, 32 or 40.

Role  C – 32

You think 32 is the best age to become a first-time parent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ages. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): 25, 18 or 40.

Role  D – 40                              

You think 40 is the best age to become a first-time parent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ages. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  25, 32 or 18.

After reading / listening

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

'older'

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  • and 'mother'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • age
    • less
    • general
    • tend
    • ability
    • talk
    • new
    • difficulties
    • data
    • other
    • much
    • positive




    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 - Older mothers may raise happier children

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'older'?
    3. How much do you agree with what you read?
    4. Why might younger women be better mothers?
    5. What is a good mother?
    6. Have you become a more tolerant person?
    7. How should parents discipline their children?
    8. How useful is scolding young children?
    9. What are the best three adjectives to describe a mother?
    10. Should high schools give weekly parenting classes to children?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'mother'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why might older women be better mothers?
    5. What is the best age for someone to become a parent?
    6. Is there a time when someone becomes too old to become a parent?
    7. How can society give more help to mothers (and fathers)?
    8. How difficult is the job of being a mother?
    9. Should mothers get paid for being a mother?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    New research (1) ____ that the children of older mothers grow up to be happier. The study says children will also experience (2) ____ behavioural problems and have fewer social and emotional difficulties. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark looked at data from a random (3) ____ of 4,741 mothers. Lead researcher Professor Dion Sommer said we become, "more (4) ____ flexible with age, more tolerant of other people". He said this could be the reason (5) ____ older mothers do not scold and physically discipline their children as much as younger mothers. He added that, "this style of (6) ____ can contribute to a positive psycho-social environment" as the child grows up.

    The findings of the research showed that the average age (7) ____ the women while pregnant was about 31. Studies show that older mothers worry less (8) ____ pregnancy and are happier and more positive about becoming parents and towards their children (9) ____ general. This may mean they are more caring and supportive (10) ____ their children. Older mothers also tend to be in more stable relationships, they are better (11) ____ financially and they have had a better education. Researchers also found that children born to older mothers have a better language ability than (12) ____ born to younger mothers. This may be because older mothers spend more time with their children and talk to them more often.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     suggest     (b)     suggests     (c)     suggestive     (d)     suggesting    
    2. (a)     less     (b)     fewer     (c)     lessen     (d)     lessens    
    3. (a)     sump     (b)     stamp     (c)     simple     (d)     sample    
    4. (a)     mentality     (b)     mentally     (c)     mental     (d)     menthol    
    5. (a)     how     (b)     why     (c)     why     (d)     what    
    6. (a)     parental     (b)     patented     (c)     parenting     (d)     patent    
    7. (a)     by     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    8. (a)     while     (b)     between     (c)     during     (d)     among    
    9. (a)     by     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    10. (a)     of     (b)     off     (c)     at     (d)     as    
    11. (a)     off     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     up    
    12. (a)     these     (b)     that     (c)     those     (d)     them

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. more nlarotte of other people
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     to older mothers have a better language ability than those born to younger mothers. This may be

    (    )     in Denmark looked at data from a random sample of 4,741 mothers. Lead

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The findings / funding of the research showed that the average age / old of the women while pregnant / pregnancy was about 31. Studies show that older mothers worry fewer / less during pregnancy and are happier and more positive about becoming / become parents and towards their children in generally / general. This may mean they are more caring and supportive of their children. Older mothers also tend to be in more stable / barn relationships, they are better on / off financially and they have had a better education. Researchers also found that children born to older mothers have a better language ability / able than those born to younger mothers. This may be because older mothers spend more time with their children and talk to / at them more often.

    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

    new research suggests that the children of older mothers grow up to be happier the study says children will also experience fewer behavioural problems and have fewer social and emotional difficulties researchers from aarhus university in denmark looked at data from a random sample of 4741 mothers lead researcher professor dion sommer said we become "more mentally flexible with age are more tolerant of other people" he said this could be the reason why older mothers do not scold and physically discipline their children as much as younger mothers he added that "this style of parenting can contribute to a positive psycho-social environment" as the child grows up

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    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    hatoldermothersworrylessduringpregnancyandarehappierandmore
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    mothersalsotendtobeinmorestablerelationships,theyarebetterofffin
    anciallyandtheyhavehadabettereducation.Researchersalsofoundth
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    eborntoyoungermothers.Thismaybebecauseoldermothersspendmo
    retimewiththeirchildrenandtalktothemmoreoften.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Older mothers are better mothers. 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 this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

    4. PARENTING: Write a magazine article about having weekly parenting lessons for all children at high school. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    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 older mothers. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three pieces of advice for older mothers. 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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