The Reading / Listening - Fitness Trackers - Level 4

A report says fitness trackers don't measure the calories we burn while exercising so accurately. This means people may be making poor decisions about their diet. Researchers looked at five popular trackers, including the Apple Watch. The researchers observed 60 volunteers as they walked, ran and cycled. None of the devices had an error rate below 20 per cent. A researcher said the trackers only gave "rough estimates" for calories burned.



The scientists said people should be careful about using the devices to decide what to eat. A researcher said: "If you go to the gym, and you think you've lost 400 calories, then you might feel you've got 400 calories to play with." A CEO of a fitness tracker company said the study method could have used incorrect settings, which would give incorrect data. He said the study's error rate was wrong because of an error in the research method.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Fitness Trackers - Level 5 or  Fitness Trackers - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40030457
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/05/24/your-fitness-tracker-could-way-way-off/342327001/
  • http://www.livescience.com/59242-how-accurate-is-your-fitness-tracker-really.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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. measure the calories
  2. while
  3. making poor
  4. Researchers looked
  5. The researchers observed
  6. None of the devices
  7. below
  8. rough
  1. 20 per cent
  2. decisions
  3. 60 volunteers
  4. exercising
  5. had an error rate
  6. estimates
  7. at five popular trackers
  8. we burn

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists said people should
  2. using the
  3. decide what
  4. If you go
  5. you've got 400
  6. used incorrect
  7. the study's error
  8. an error in the research
  1. calories to play with
  2. method
  3. to the gym
  4. devices
  5. rate was wrong
  6. be careful
  7. settings
  8. to eat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A report says fitness trackers don't measure the (1) ___________________ while exercising (2) ___________________. This means people may be making poor (3) ___________________ their diet. Researchers looked at five popular trackers, including the Apple Watch. The (4) ___________________ 60 volunteers as they walked, (5) ___________________. None of the devices had an error rate below 20 per cent. A researcher said the trackers only gave "(6) ___________________" for calories burned.

The scientists said people should (7) ___________________ using the devices to decide what to eat. A researcher said: "(8) ___________________ the gym, (9) ___________________ you've lost 400 calories, then you might feel you've got 400 calories (10) ___________________." A CEO of a fitness tracker company said the study method (11) ___________________ incorrect settings, which would give incorrect data. He said the study's error rate was wrong because (12) ___________________ the research method.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Areportsaysfitnesstrackersdon'tmeasurethecaloriesweburnwhileex
ercisingsoaccurately.Thismeanspeoplemaybemakingpoordecisions
abouttheirdiet.Researcherslookedatfivepopulartrackers,includingth
eAppleWatch.Theresearchersobserved60volunteersastheywalked,r
anandcycled.Noneofthedeviceshadanerrorratebelow20percent.Are
searchersaidthetrackersonlygave"roughestimates"forcaloriesburne
d.Thescientistssaidpeopleshouldbecarefulaboutusingthedevicestod
ecidewhattoeat.Aresearchersaid:"Ifyougotothegym,andyouthinkyo
u'velost400calories,thenyoumightfeelyou'vegot400caloriestoplayw
ith."ACEOofafitnesstrackercompanysaidthestudymethodcouldhave
usedincorrectsettings,whichwouldgiveincorrectdata.Hesaidthestud
y'serrorratewaswrongbecauseofanerrorintheresearchmethod.

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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