The Reading / Listening - Older Fathers - Level 4

A study says babies of older fathers may be more likely to have health problems. Scientists studied data on over 40 million births between 2007 and 2016. Compared to babies born to fathers aged 25 to 34, babies born to fathers over the age of 45 had more health problems. They said babies could be born prematurely, be underweight or spend time in an intensive care unit. Researchers said babies born to older fathers were less healthy.



A doctor said more research was needed to prove that older fathers have less-healthy babies. The doctor said: "I think it's important to understand that the risks we are seeing are modest....the risk may not change much." The doctors said governments need to be aware of these risks. He said: "There may be public health implications of men...waiting longer to conceive." He said: "While the oldest father ever is 96...the risk...may increase if fathers conceive later."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Older Fathers - Level 5 or  Older Fathers - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.newsweek.com/older-dads-more-likely-have-babies-health-problems-1195289
  • http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2018/10/older-fathers-associated-with-increased-birth-risks.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/31/babies-born-to-older-fathers-tend-to-have-more-medical-issues


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. be more likely to have
  2. data on over
  3. babies born to fathers
  4. fathers over the
  5. babies could
  6. be
  7. spend time in an intensive
  8. babies born to older fathers
  1. care unit
  2. health problems
  3. were less healthy
  4. be born prematurely
  5. aged 25 to 34
  6. age of 45
  7. 40 million births
  8. underweight

Paragraph 2

  1. more research was needed
  2. older fathers have less-
  3. I think it's important to
  4. the risks we are seeing
  5. governments need to be aware
  6. public health
  7. the oldest father
  8. increase if fathers conceive
  1. ever is 96
  2. are modest
  3. of these risks
  4. to prove that
  5. later
  6. healthy babies
  7. understand
  8. implications

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study says babies of older fathers (1) ___________________ likely to have health problems. Scientists studied (2) ___________________ 40 million births between 2007 and 2016. Compared (3) ___________________ to fathers aged 25 to 34, babies born (4) ___________________ the age of 45 had more health problems. They said babies (5) ___________________ prematurely, be underweight or spend time in an intensive care unit. Researchers said babies born to older fathers (6) ___________________.

A doctor said more research was needed (7) ___________________ older fathers (8) ___________________ babies. The doctor said: "I think it's important to understand that the risks we are (9) ___________________....the risk may not change much." The doctors said governments need to be aware (10) ___________________. He said: "There may be public health implications of men...waiting (11) ___________________." He said: "While the oldest father ever is 96...the risk... (12) ___________________ fathers conceive later."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudysaysbabiesofolderfathersmaybemorelikelytohavehealthprob
lems.Scientistsstudieddataonover40millionbirthsbetween2007and
2016.Comparedtobabiesborntofathersaged25to34,babiesborntofat
hersovertheageof45hadmorehealthproblems.Theysaidbabiescould
bebornprematurely,beunderweightorspendtimeinanintensivecareu
nit.Researcherssaidbabiesborntoolderfatherswerelesshealthy.Adoc
torsaidmoreresearchwasneededtoprovethatolderfathershaveless-
healthybabies.Thedoctorsaid:"Ithinkit'simportanttounderstandthat
therisksweareseeingaremodest....theriskmaynotchangemuch."The
doctorssaidgovernmentsneedtobeawareoftheserisks.Hesaid:"Ther
emaybepublichealthimplicationsofmen...waitinglongertoconceive."
Hesaid:"Whiletheoldestfathereveris96...therisk...mayincreaseiffat
hersconceivelater."

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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