The Reading / Listening - Teenagers - Level 0

Today's teenagers grow up more slowly. Researchers looked at 8 million teens over the past 40 years. Today's teens are less responsible than teenagers from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Today's 18-year-olds are like 15-year-olds used to be. Teenagers today take fewer risks than they did before.



Today's teenagers take longer to do things their parents did, like dating, working, driving, and renting their own room. A professor said they have a, "slow life strategy". One reason for this is many teenagers live in the Internet and not the "real world". Another reason is parents do too many things for their children.

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Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/19/teens-grow-up-slower-study/105758486/
  • http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/09/19/07/34/teens-growing-up-more-slowly-due-to-decline-in-adult-activites
  • https://www.metro.news/kid-you-not-teens-are-growing-up-more-slowly/750932/


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. grow
  2. Researchers looked
  3. over the past
  4. Today's teens are less
  5. teenagers from the
  6. like 15-year-olds used
  7. take fewer
  8. than they did
  1. 40 years
  2. 70s, 80s and 90s
  3. risks
  4. at 8 million teens
  5. before
  6. responsible
  7. up
  8. to be

Paragraph 2

  1. do things their
  2. renting their
  3. they have a slow
  4. One reason
  5. many teenagers live
  6. not the real
  7. Another
  8. parents do too
  1. for this
  2. world
  3. parents did
  4. many things
  5. life strategy
  6. reason
  7. own room
  8. in the Internet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Today's teenagers (1) ___________________ slowly. Researchers looked at 8 million teens (2) ___________________ 40 years. Today's teens are (3) ___________________ than teenagers from the 70s, (4) ___________________. Today's 18-year-olds are like 15-year-olds (5) ___________________. Teenagers today take fewer risks (6) ___________________ before.

Today's teenagers take longer (7) ___________________ their parents did, like dating, working, driving, and (8) ___________________ room. A professor said they have a, "(9) ___________________". One reason for (10) ___________________ teenagers live in the Internet and not the (11) ___________________. Another reason is parents do too many (12) ___________________ children.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Today'steenagersgrowupmoreslowly.Researcherslookedat8milliont
eensoverthepast40years.Today'steensarelessresponsiblethanteen
agersfromthe70s,80sand90s.Today's18-year-oldsarelike15-year-
oldsusedtobe.Teenagerstodaytakefewerrisksthantheydidbefore.To
day'steenagerstakelongertodothingstheirparentsdid,likedating,wor
king,driving,andrentingtheirownroom.Aprofessorsaidtheyhavea,"sl
owlifestrategy".OnereasonforthisismanyteenagersliveintheInterne
tandnotthe"realworld".Anotherreasonisparentsdotoomanythingsfo
rtheirchildren.

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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