The Reading / Listening - Adolescence - Level 4

Scientists have changed their idea of adolescence - the period when children develop into adults. It used to be around our teenage years, but now scientists say it can be between the ages of 10 and 24. Puberty once started around the age of 14, but better health means it can start four years earlier, especially in the developed world. Adolescence now ends later because we stay in education longer, and delay things like marriage, parenthood and working.



The scientists published their study in a journal. They say society needs new laws for adolescents. A researcher said: "The adoption of adult roles and responsibilities generally occurs later." They suggested extending youth support services. This could be a problem because there is a big difference in the legal age at which nations recognize adulthood. In Indonesia and Yemen it is 15, but in Singapore and Zambia, the age is 21.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Adolescence - Level 5 or  Adolescence - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/01/19/scientists-prolong-adolescent-years-to-24-years-old-report-says.html
  • http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642%2818%2930022-1/fulltext
  • http://www.newsweek.com/how-long-take-grow-doctors-say-extend-adolescence-785478


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the period when children develop
  2. It used to be around our
  3. Puberty once started around the
  4. better health means it can start
  5. especially in the developed
  6. we stay in education
  7. delay things
  8. parenthood
  1. teenage years
  2. like marriage
  3. into adults
  4. and working
  5. age of 14
  6. world
  7. longer
  8. four years earlier

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists published their
  2. society needs new
  3. The adoption of adult roles
  4. generally occurs
  5. They suggested extending youth
  6. This could be a
  7. there is a big
  8. the legal age at which nations
  1. later
  2. and responsibilities
  3. problem
  4. recognize adulthood
  5. study in a journal
  6. difference
  7. laws for adolescents
  8. support services

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have changed (1) ___________________ adolescence - the period when children develop into adults. It used (2) ___________________ our teenage years, but now scientists say it can be (3) ___________________ of 10 and 24. Puberty once started around the age of 14, but better health means it (4) ___________________ years earlier, especially in the developed world. Adolescence (5) ___________________ because we stay in education longer, and (6) ___________________ marriage, parenthood and working.

The scientists published their study in a journal. (7) ___________________ needs new laws for adolescents. A researcher said: "(8) ________________ adult roles and responsibilities (9) ___________________ later." They suggested extending youth support services. This could be a problem because there is (10) ___________________ in the legal age (11) ___________________ recognize adulthood. In Indonesia and Yemen it is 15, but in Singapore and Zambia, the (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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drendevelopintoadults.Itusedtobearoundourteenageyears,butnow
scientistssayitcanbebetweentheagesof10and24.Pubertyoncestarte
daroundtheageof14,butbetterhealthmeansitcanstartfouryearsearli
er,especiallyinthedevelopedworld.Adolescencenowendslaterbecaus
ewestayineducationlonger,anddelaythingslikemarriage,parenthood
andworking.Thescientistspublishedtheirstudyinjournal.Theysaysoc
ietyneedsnewlawsforadolescents.Aresearchersaid:"Theadoptionof
adultrolesandresponsibilitiesgenerallyoccurslater."Theysuggestede
xtendingyouthsupportservices.Thiscouldbeaproblembecausetherei
sabigdifferenceinthelegalageatwhichnationsrecognizeadulthood.In
IndonesiaandYemenitis15,butinSingaporeandZambia,theageis21.

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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