The Reading / Listening - Adolescence - Level 5

Scientists have changed when they think adolescence ends and adulthood starts. Adolescence is the period when children develop into adults, roughly around our teenage years. Scientists now say adolescence can start at the age of 10 and continue to the age of 24. Puberty once started around the age of 14, but improved health and nutrition means it can now start at the age of 10, especially in the developed world. The upper age for when adolescence ends has increased. We stay in education longer, and delay responsibilities like marriage, parenthood and getting a job.



The scientists published their study in a child and adolescent health journal. They say society needs new laws for the wider range of adolescence. A researcher said: "Although many adult legal privileges start at age 18, the adoption of adult roles and responsibilities generally occurs later." They suggested extending youth support services to the age of 25. This could be a problem because there is a big difference in the legal age at which nations recognize adulthood. People become adults at the age of 15 in Indonesia and Yemen, but in Singapore and Zambia, the age is 21.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Adolescence - Level 4 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. when they think adolescence
  2. when children develop
  3. roughly around our
  4. Puberty once started around
  5. improved health
  6. especially in the
  7. delay responsibilities
  8. parenthood and
  1. teenage years
  2. developed world
  3. getting a job
  4. and nutrition
  5. like marriage
  6. the age of 14
  7. ends
  8. into adults

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists published
  2. They say society
  3. the wider range
  4. adult legal privileges start
  5. the adoption of adult roles
  6. extending youth support
  7. the legal age at which nations
  8. People become adults
  1. and responsibilities
  2. of adolescence
  3. at the age of 15
  4. needs new laws
  5. recognize adulthood
  6. at age 18
  7. services
  8. their study

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have changed when they think (1) ___________________ and adulthood starts. Adolescence (2) ___________________ when children develop into adults, (3) ___________________ our teenage years. Scientists now say adolescence can start at the age of 10 and continue to the age of 24. Puberty once started (4) ___________________ of 14, but improved health and nutrition means it can now start the age of 10, especially in the developed world. The (5) ___________________ when adolescence ends has increased. We stay in education longer, and delay responsibilities like marriage, parenthood and (6) ___________________.

The scientists published their study in a (7) ___________________ health journal. They say society needs new laws for (8) ___________________ of adolescence. A researcher said: "Although many adult legal privileges start at age 18, (9) ___________________ adult roles and responsibilities generally occurs later." They suggested extending (10) ___________________ to the age of 25. This could be a problem because there is (11) ___________________ in the legal age at which nations recognize adulthood. People become adults at the age of 15 in Indonesia and Yemen, but in Singapore (12) ___________________ age is 21.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavechangedwhentheythinkadolescenceendsandadultho
odstarts.Adolescenceistheperiodwhenchildrendevelopintoadults,ro
ughlyaroundourteenageyears.Scientistsnowsayadolescencecansta
rtattheageof10andcontinuetotheageof24.Pubertyoncestartedaroun
dtheageof14,butimprovedhealthandnutritionmeansitcannowstartt
heageof10,especiallyinthedevelopedworld.Theupperageforwhenad
olescenceendshasincreased.Westayineducationlonger,anddelayres
ponsibilitieslikemarriage,parenthoodandgettingajob.Thescientistsp
ublishedtheirstudyinachildandadolescenthealthjournal.Theysaysoci
etyneedsnewlawsforthewiderrangeofadolescence.Aresearchersaid:
"Althoughmanyadultlegalprivilegesstartatage18,theadoptionofadul
trolesandresponsibilitiesgenerallyoccurslater."Theysuggestedexte
ndingyouthsupportservicestotheageof25.Thiscouldbeaproblembec
ausethereisabigdifferenceinthelegalageatwhichnationsrecognizead
ulthood.Peoplebecomeadultsattheageof15inIndonesiaandYemen,b
utinSingaporeandZambia,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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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