The Reading / Listening - Dog-walking - Level 4

It is common sense that dog-walking is good for older people. It is a good excuse to get some healthy exercise. Research shows that dog-walking can be bad for seniors. A report in a medical journal says more seniors are getting injured because of dog-walking. Researchers found over 32,000 cases of over-65s suffering fractures after dog-walking. Some injuries were serious and the senior needed emergency surgery.



Researchers advised of possible dangers to walking a dog. They said older adults with weaker bones must think about these dangers. The researchers said just one injury could cause a deadly hip fracture. It could also cause lifelong complications and lost independence. Researchers blamed a "small person/big dog" scenario for many accidents. Big dogs are often mismatched with weak seniors. An elderly dog owner said old people need dogs.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dog-walking - Level 5 or  Dog-walking - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.foxnews.com/health/dog-walking-may-be-hazardous-to-seniors-health-study-suggests
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/06/health/dog-walking-injuries-study/index.html
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190306110620.htm


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. dog-walking is good for older
  2. get some healthy
  3. dog-walking can be bad
  4. A report in a medical
  5. getting injured because
  6. cases of over-65s
  7. Some injuries were
  8. emergency
  1. of dog-walking
  2. surgery
  3. journal
  4. exercise
  5. serious
  6. for seniors
  7. people
  8. suffering fractures

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers advised of possible
  2. older adults with weaker
  3. think
  4. a deadly hip
  5. It could also cause lifelong
  6. a "small person/big dog"
  7. dogs are often mismatched
  8. An elderly
  1. dog owner
  2. scenario
  3. complications
  4. with weak seniors
  5. bones
  6. fracture
  7. dangers
  8. about these dangers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It is (1) ___________________ dog-walking is good for older people. It is a good excuse to (2) ___________________ exercise. Research shows that dog-walking can be (3) ___________________. A report in a medical journal says more seniors (4) ___________________ because of dog-walking. Researchers found over 32,000 (5) ___________________-65s suffering fractures after dog-walking. Some (6) ___________________ and the senior needed emergency surgery.

Researchers (7) ___________________ dangers to walking a dog. They said older adults with (8) ___________________ think about these dangers. The researchers said just one injury could (9) ___________________ hip fracture. It could (10) ___________________ complications and lost independence. Researchers blamed a "small (11) ___________________" scenario for many accidents. Big dogs are often mismatched with weak seniors. An elderly dog owner said (12) ___________________ dogs.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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xcusetogetsomehealthyexercise.Researchshowsthatdog-walkingc
anbebadforseniors.Areportinamedicaljournalsaysmoreseniorsareg
ettinginjuredbecauseofdog-walking.Researchersfoundover32,000c
asesofover-65ssufferingfracturesafterdog-walking.Someinjuriesw
ereseriousandtheseniorneededemergencysurgery.Researchersadvi
sedofpossibledangerstowalkingadog.Theysaidolderadultswithweak
erbonesmustthinkaboutthesedangers.Theresearcherssaidjustonein
jurycouldcauseadeadlyhipfracture.Itcouldalsocauselifelongcomplic
ationsandlostindependence.Researchersblameda"smallperson/big
dog"scenarioformanyaccidents.Bigdogsareoftenmismatchedwithw
eakseniors.Anelderlydogownersaidoldpeopleneeddogs.

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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