The Reading / Listening - Older Fathers - Level 5

A study in the USA reports that babies of older fathers may be more likely to have health problems. Stanford University scientists studied data on 40,529,905 births between 2007 and 2016 to find out if a father's age affects his child's health. Researchers found that compared to babies born to fathers aged 25 to 34, babies born to fathers over the age of 45 were at greater risk of having health problems. These included being born prematurely, having a low birth weight or being admitted to an intensive care unit. Babies born to older fathers were generally not as healthy.



One doctor said more research was needed to prove that older fathers conceive less-healthy babies. The doctor said: "I think it's important to understand that the risks we are seeing are modest. So for an individual, the risk may not change much." The research data could show that governments might want to be aware of these risks. He said: "There may be public health implications of men...waiting longer to conceive." The doctor concluded that: "While the oldest father ever is 96, this research suggests that the risk to child and mother may increase if fathers conceive later."

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    Older Fathers - Level 4 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
  2. if a father's age affects his child's
  3. babies born to fathers
  4. at greater risk of having health
  5. born
  6. a low birth
  7. being admitted to an intensive
  8. Babies born to older fathers were generally
  1. health
  2. weight
  3. likely
  4. not as healthy
  5. prematurely
  6. aged 25 to 34
  7. problems
  8. care unit

Paragraph 2

  1. more research was needed to
  2. fathers conceive less-
  3. it's important
  4. governments might want to be aware
  5. There may be public health
  6. the oldest father
  7. the risk to child and mother
  8. if fathers conceive
  1. of these risks
  2. may increase
  3. healthy babies
  4. later
  5. ever is 96
  6. to understand
  7. prove that
  8. implications

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study in the USA reports that babies of older fathers may (1) ___________________ to have health problems. Stanford University scientists (2) ___________________ 40,529,905 births between 2007 and 2016 to find out if a father's (3) ___________________ child's health. Researchers found that compared to babies born to fathers aged 25 to 34, babies born to fathers (4) ___________________ of 45 were at greater risk of having health problems. These included being born prematurely, having a (5) ___________________ or being admitted to an intensive care unit. Babies born to older fathers (6) ___________________ as healthy.

One doctor said more research was (7) ___________________ that older fathers conceive less-healthy babies. The doctor said: "I think it's important to understand that the risks we are (8) ___________________. So for an individual, the (9) ___________________ change much." The research data could show that governments might want (10) ___________________ of these risks. He said: "There may be public health implications of men...waiting (11) ___________________." The doctor concluded that: "While the (12) ___________________ is 96, this research suggests that the risk to child and mother may increase if fathers conceive later."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ohavehealthproblems.StanfordUniversityscientistsstudieddataon4
0,529,905birthsbetween2007and2016tofindoutifafather'sageaffect
shischild'shealth.Researchersfoundthatcomparedtobabiesborntofat
hersaged25to34,babiesborntofathersovertheageof45wereatgreate
rriskofhavinghealthproblems.Theseincludedbeingbornprematurely,
havingalowbirthweightorbeingadmittedtoanintensivecareunit.Babi
esborntoolderfathersweregenerallynotashealthy.Onedoctorsaidmo
reresearchwasneededtoprovethatolderfathersconceiveless-heal
thybabies.Thedoctorsaid:"Ithinkit'simportanttounderstandthatther
isksweareseeingaremodest.Soforanindividual,theriskmaynotchang
emuch."Theresearchdatacouldshowthatgovernmentsmightwanttob
eawareoftheserisks.Hesaid:"Theremaybepublichealthimplicationso
fmen...waitinglongertoconceive."Thedoctorconcludedthat:"Whileth
eoldestfathereveris96,thisresearchsuggeststhattherisktochildand
mothermayincreaseiffathersconceivelater."

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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