The Reading / Listening - Teenagers - Level 2

A study says today's teenagers are growing up more slowly than before. Researchers looked at data on the behaviour of 8 million teens in seven different countries over the past 40 years. They said that compared to teenagers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, today's teens, "are taking longer to engage in both the pleasures and the responsibilities of adulthood". A professor said: "The whole developmental pathway has slowed down." She said today's 18-year-olds are more like how 15-year-olds used to be. She said teenagers are taking a lot fewer risks than they did before.



Today's teenagers are taking longer to do things their parents did. They are older when they date, less likely to work part-time, and less likely to drive. The professor said they have a, "slow life strategy". More teenagers are living with their parents instead of renting their own room. One of the reasons for this behaviour is how much time teenagers spend online. The Internet is keeping teens on social media, looking at videos or playing games instead of living in the "real world". Another reason is parents do too much for their children and protect them too much.

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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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers looked at
  2. the behaviour of
  3. seven different countries over the
  4. teenagers from the
  5. the responsibilities
  6. The whole developmental pathway has
  7. more like how 15-year-olds
  8. teenagers are taking
  1. past 40 years
  2. used to be
  3. of adulthood
  4. a lot fewer risks
  5. data
  6. 80s and 90s
  7. slowed down
  8. 8 million teens

Paragraph 2

  1. less
  2. they have a slow life
  3. renting their
  4. how much time teenagers
  5. The Internet is keeping teens
  6. instead of living in the
  7. parents do too much
  8. protect them too
  1. on social media
  2. own room
  3. much
  4. likely to work
  5. for their children
  6. spend online
  7. strategy
  8. "real world"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ teenagers are growing up more slowly than before. Researchers (2) ___________________ on the behaviour of 8 million teens in seven different countries over the past 40 years. They said that (3) ___________________ teenagers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, today's teens, "are taking longer to engage (4) ___________________ pleasures and the responsibilities of adulthood". A professor said: "The whole developmental pathway has slowed down." She said today's 18-year-olds (5) ___________________ 15-year-olds used to be. She said teenagers are taking a lot (6) ___________________ they did before.

Today's teenagers are taking longer (7) ___________________ their parents did. They (8) ___________________ they date, less likely to work part-time, and less likely to drive. The professor said they have a, "slow (9) ___________________". More teenagers are living with their parents (10) ___________________ their own room. One of the reasons for this behaviour is how much time teenagers spend online. The Internet (11) ___________________ on social media, looking at videos or playing games instead of living in the "real world". Another reason is parents do (12) ___________________ their children and protect them too much.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudysaystoday'steenagersaregrowingupmoreslowlythanbefore.R
esearcherslookedatdataonthebehaviourof8millionteensinsevendiff
erentcountriesoverthepast40years.Theysaidthatcomparedtoteena
gersfromthe70s,80sand90s,today'steens,"aretakinglongertoengag
einboththepleasuresandtheresponsibilitiesofadulthood".Aprofessor
said:"Thewholedevelopmentalpathwayhassloweddown."Shesaidto
day's18-year-oldsaremorelikehow15-year-oldsusedtobe.Shesaidte
enagersaretakingalotfewerrisksthantheydidbefore.Today'steenage
rsaretakinglongertodothingstheirparentsdid.Theyareolderwhenthe
ydate,lesslikelytoworkpart-time,andlesslikelytodrive.Theprofesso
rsaidtheyhavea,"slowlifestrategy".Moreteenagersarelivingwiththeir
parentsinsteadofrentingtheirownroom.Oneofthereasonsforthisbeh
aviourishowmuchtimeteenagersspendonline.TheInternetiskeepingt
eensonsocialmedia,lookingatvideosorplayinggamesinsteadoflivingi
nthe"realworld".Anotherreasonisparentsdotoomuchfortheirchildren
andprotectthemtoomuch.

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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