The Reading / Listening - Endurance Athletes - Level 4

Children always have bags of energy and never run out of steam. Researchers said children are as fit as endurance athletes. Children recover from "high-intensity exercise" a lot quicker than athletes. Researchers compared the performance levels of children cycling to athletes cycling. They found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and so were less tired during high-intensity physical exercise. The children recovered faster than the athletes."



The researchers' findings could help us understand how our body changes with age. It could help fight many diseases. A researcher said children were becoming less active and there was a rise in diseases related to this physical inactivity. Understanding the changes in our body as we grow might reduce disease. Children should play a lot and keep fit as they grow up so they become healthy adults. Children play long after adults have become tired.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Endurance Athletes - Level 5 or  Endurance Athletes - Level 6

Sources
    http://www.newsweek.com/childrens-muscles-recover-faster-exercise-endurance-athletes-new-research-897829 https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/children-fit-professional-endurance-athletes-12416828 https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/why-you-re-exhausted-from-running-after-your-kids-and-they-aren-t-20180420-p4zar2.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Children always have bags
  2. never run
  3. children are as fit as
  4. high-
  5. the performance
  6. aerobic
  7. and so were less
  8. The children recovered
  1. levels of children
  2. intensity exercise
  3. faster
  4. out of steam
  5. tired
  6. of energy
  7. metabolism
  8. endurance athletes

Paragraph 2

  1. The researchers' findings could
  2. how our body changes
  3. It could help fight many
  4. children were becoming
  5. there was a rise
  6. related to this physical
  7. keep fit as
  8. long after adults
  1. they grow up
  2. diseases
  3. in diseases
  4. inactivity
  5. help us understand
  6. have become tired
  7. with age
  8. less active

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Children always have (1) ___________________ and never run out of steam. Researchers said children (2) ___________________ as endurance athletes. Children recover from "high-intensity exercise" (3) ___________________ than athletes. Researchers compared the performance levels of children cycling (4) ___________________. They found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and so (5) ___________________ during high-intensity physical exercise. The children (6) ___________________ the athletes."

The researchers' (7) ___________________ us understand how our body changes with age. It could (8) ___________________ diseases. A researcher said children were becoming less active and there (9) ___________________ in diseases related to this physical inactivity. Understanding the changes in our body (10) ___________________ might reduce disease. Children should play a lot and keep fit as they (11) ___________________ they become healthy adults. Children play (12) ___________________ have become tired.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Childrenalwayshavebagsofenergyandneverrunoutofsteam.Researc
herssaidchildrenareasfitasenduranceathletes.Childrenrecoverfrom
"high-intensityexercise"alotquickerthanathletes.Researcherscomp
aredtheperformancelevelsofchildrencyclingtoathletescycling.Theyf
oundthechildrenusedmoreoftheiraerobicmetabolismandsowereless
tiredduringhigh-intensityphysicalexercise.Thechildrenrecoveredfas
terthantheathletes."Theresearchers'findingscouldhelpusunderstan
dhowourbodychangeswithage.Itcouldhelpfightmanydiseases.Arese
archersaidchildrenwerebecominglessactiveandtherewasariseindise
asesrelatedtothisphysicalinactivity.Understandingthechangesinour
bodyaswegrowmightreducedisease.Childrenshouldplayalotandkee
pfitastheygrowupsotheybecomehealthyadults.Childrenplaylongafte
radultshavebecometired.

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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