The Reading / Listening - Tooth Extraction - Level 3

A dentist in Chennai, India has removed 526 miniature teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy. The boy complained to his mother that he had toothaches. She took the boy to a dentist, who found the boy had hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was near the molar area at the back of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head of a dental department at the hospital, spoke to reporters about the surgery the little boy had. She told reporters: "The teeth were of variable sizes that ranged from the smallest at 0.1mm to the largest at 3mm. They all had a small crown, enamel and a small root." She said the boy suffered from a very rare dental problem.



The operation to remove the tiny teeth from the boy's jaw took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about how her team of surgeons removed the teeth. She said: "We had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac." She added: "As the sac was going deeper into the tissue, the size of the teeth was becoming very small." Despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw, the boy did not suffer a lot of pain. Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling sessions with him for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have expertise in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is no longer in pain.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Tooth Extraction - Level 0 Tooth Extraction - Level 1   or  Tooth Extraction - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/02/indian-boy-seven-found-with-526-teeth-inside-his-mouth
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/747614435/surgeons-remove-more-than-500-teeth-from-boy-in-india
  • http://www.maravipost.com/bizarre-indian-boy-at-7-had-526-teeth-in-his-mouth/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. TEETH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about teeth. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       dentist / teeth / complained / toothache / jaw / hospital / surgery / reporters / rare /
       operation / surgeons / drill / tissue / pain / counseling / expertise / team / suffer
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DENTISTS: Students A strongly believe going to the dentist is a nice experience; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TOOTH CARE: How important are there kinds of tooth care? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Importance

What You Do

Teeth cleaning

 

 

Flossing

 

 

Mouthwash

 

 

No sweets

 

 

Don't drink or smoke

 

 

Regular visits to dentists

 

 

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5. MOUTH: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "mouth". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. AT THE DENTIST: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst things at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • check-ups
  • x-ray
  • crowns
  • root canals
  • flossing
  • fillings
  • extractions
  • tooth whitening

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. miniature a. Very, very small; of a much smaller size than normal.
      2. complained b. All changing a lot.
      3. sac c. Said you were unhappy or angry about something.
      4. jaw d. The treatment of injuries or disorders of the body by cutting into it.
      5. surgery e. A hollow, flexible structure that looks like a bag or pouch.
      6. variable f. Each of the upper and lower bony parts of the mouth that contain the teeth.
      7. rare g. Not common; not happening very often.

    Paragraph 2

      8. remove h. A period of time given to a particular activity.
      9. drill i. Giving help and guidance for personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.
      10. tissue j. Take something away from something or from someone.
      11. counseling k. Great skill or knowledge in a particular field.
      12. session l. Make a hole in something.
      13. expertise m. Taking actions because of someone or something, especially to put something right.
      14. dealing with n. Any of the types of material that animals or plants are made of.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The teeth the dentist removed were fully grown.     T / F
  2. The boy did not have any toothaches despite having hundreds of teeth.   T / F
  3. The smallest teeth were just 0.1mm in size.     T / F
  4. The boy suffered from a very rare dental problem.     T / F
  5. The operation to remove the teeth took over five hours.     T / F
  6. Dentists drilled into the bottom of the top jaw to remove the teeth.     T / F
  7. The boy did not suffer a lot of pain.     T / F
  8. The boy had counseling before the operation to remove his teeth.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. removed
  2. miniature
  3. head
  4. variable
  5. rare
  6. operation
  7. sessions
  8. undergo
  9. expertise
  10. pain
  1. skill
  2. uncommon
  3. leader
  4. experience
  5. tiny
  6. suffering
  7. extracted
  8. meetings
  9. changing
  10. surgery

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The boy complained to his mother that
  2. inside the boy's
  3. the head of a dental department
  4. The teeth were of variable
  5. the boy suffered from a very
  6. The operation to remove
  7. going deeper into
  8. We have a very good counseling
  9. expertise in dealing
  10. He is doing well and is no
  1. team
  2. sizes
  3. the tiny teeth
  4. longer in pain
  5. at the hospital
  6. he had toothaches
  7. with kids
  8. rare dental problem
  9. jaw
  10. the tissue

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
variable
complained
miniature
department
rare
area
enamel
empty

A dentist in Chennai, India has removed 526 (1) ____________ teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy. The boy (2) ____________ to his mother that he had toothaches. She took the boy to a dentist, who found the boy had hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, (3) ____________ space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was near the molar (4) ____________ at the back of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head of a dental (5) ____________ at the hospital, spoke to reporters about the surgery the little boy had. She told reporters: "The teeth were of (6) ____________ sizes that ranged from the smallest at 0.1mm to the largest at 3mm. They all had a small crown, (7) ____________ and a small root." She said the boy suffered from a very (8) ____________ dental problem.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
deeper
tiny
sessions
longer
drill
expertise
surgeons
suffer

The operation to remove the (9) ____________ teeth from the boy's jaw took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about how her team of (10) ____________ removed the teeth. She said: "We had to (11) ____________ down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac." She added: "As the sac was going (12) ____________ into the tissue, the size of the teeth was becoming very small." Despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw, the boy did not (13) ____________ a lot of pain. Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling (14) ____________ with him for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have (15) ____________ in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is no (16) ____________ in pain.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A dentist in Chennai, India has removed 526 ______
     a.  mini chew a teeth
     b.  mini chew teeth
     c.  miniature teeth
     d.  mini aperture teeth
2)  The boy complained to his mother that he ______
     a.  had toothaches
     b.  had teeth aches
     c.  had too thwacks
     d.  had two thwacks
3)  the head of a dental department at the hospital spoke to reporters ______
     a.  about the sugary
     b.  about the Sir Gerry
     c.  about the surge airy
     d.  about the surgery
4)  They all had a small crown, enamel and ______
     a.  a small root
     b.  a small loot
     c.  a small rood
     d.  a small rot
5)  She said the boy suffered from a very ______
     a.  rare dent all problem
     b.  aired end all problem
     c.  raid end all problem
     d.  rare dental problem

6)  Professor Ramani spoke about how her team of surgeons ______
     a.  removed a teeth
     b.  remove the teeth
     c.  removed the teeth
     d.  removes a tooth
7)  As the sac was going deeper ______
     a.  in two the tissue
     b.  in to the tissue
     c.  into the tissue
     d.  in too the tissue
8)  We had to take a lot of counseling sessions with him for him ______
     a.  to undergo surgery
     b.  to under goo surgery
     c.  to undergone surgery
     d.  to undergoing surgery
9)  We have a very good counseling team who have expertise ______ kids
     a.  in deal in with
     b.  in dealing within
     c.  in deal in within
     d.  in dealing with
10)  He is doing well and is no ______
     a.  longest in pain
     b.  longing in pain
     c.  long gain pain
     d.  longer in pain

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A dentist in Chennai, India has removed 526 (1) ___________________ the mouth of a seven-year-old boy. The boy complained to his mother that he had toothaches. She took the boy (2) ___________________, who found the boy had hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was near the molar area (3) ___________________ of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head of a dental department at the hospital, spoke to reporters (4) ___________________ the little boy had. She told reporters: "The teeth were of variable (5) ___________________ from the smallest at 0.1mm to the largest at 3mm. They all had a small crown, enamel and (6) ___________________." She said the boy suffered from a very rare dental problem.

The operation to (7) ___________________ teeth from the boy's jaw took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about how her team of surgeons removed the teeth. She said: "We had (8) ___________________ into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac." She added: "As the sac was going deeper (9) ___________________, the size of the teeth was becoming very small." Despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw, the boy did not (10) ___________________ of pain. Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling sessions with him for (11) ___________________ surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have expertise in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is (12) ___________________ pain.

Comprehension questions

  1. In which Indian city did a boy have an operation to remove teeth?
  2. What did the boy complain to his mother about?
  3. Who is Pratibha Ramani?
  4. What was the size of the largest teeth that were removed?
  5. What did the dentist say the boy suffered from?
  6. How long did the operation take?
  7. What did surgeons have to make in the boy's jaw?
  8. What happened to the size of the teeth as the dentist drilled deeper?
  9. What did the boy have to take before having his operation?
  10. How many teeth does the boy now have?




Multiple choice quiz

1) In which Indian city did a boy have an operation to remove teeth?
a) Hyderabad
b) Delhi
c) Mumbai
d) Chennai
2) What did the boy complain to his mother about?
a) homework in hospital
b) toothaches
c) having an operation
d) the dentist
3) Who is Pratibha Ramani?
a) a counselor
b) a patient
c) the boy's mother
d) a professor
4) What was the size of the largest teeth that were removed?
a) 1mm
b) 2mm
c) 3mm
d) 4mm
5) What did the dentist say the boy suffered from?
a) bad teeth
b) nerves
c) a dentist phobia
d) a very rare dental problem

6) How long did the operation take?
a) about five hours
b) just under five hours
c) over five hours
d) exactly five hours
7) What did surgeons have to make in the boy's jaw?
a) a window
b) a door
c) a roof
d) a ladder
8) What happened to the size of the teeth as the dentist drilled deeper?
a) they became bigger
b) they stayed the same
c) they became smaller
d) they became irregular
9) What did the boy have to take before having his operation?
a) medicine
b) counseling sessions
c) a deep breath
d) a teddy bear
10) How many teeth does the boy now have?
a) 21
b) 32
c) 24
d) 18

Role play

Role  A – Flossing
You think flossing is the best thing about the dentist. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of of these (and why): check-ups, tooth whitening or going home.

Role  B – Check-ups
You think check-ups are the best thing about the dentist. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of of these (and why): flossing, tooth whitening or going home.

Role  C – Tooth Whitening
You think tooth whitening is the best thing about the dentist. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of of these (and why): check-ups, flossing or going home.

Role  D – Going home
You think going home is the best thing about the dentist. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of of these (and why): check-ups, tooth whitening or flossing.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'dentist'

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  • and 'tooth'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • remove
    • drill
    • window
    • small
    • lot
    • well
    • mouth
    • found
    • area
    • head
    • sizes
    • rare




    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 - Dentist removes 526 teeth from 7-year-old

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'dentist'?
    3. What do you think of dentists?
    4. How much do you like your teeth?
    5. What do you do when you get a toothache?
    6. What do you think of the job of a dentist?
    7. What happened the last time you went to a dentist?
    8. How would you like to change your teeth?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the dentist?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'tooth'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of teeth?
    5. What should we do to care for our teeth?
    6. How bad are toothaches?
    7. How can we make dentists less scary for children?
    8. How important is a perfect smile?
    9. What advice do you have for the little boy?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the boy?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A dentist in Chennai, India has (1) ____ 526 miniature teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy. The boy (2) ____ to his mother that he had toothaches. She took the boy to a dentist, who found the boy had hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty (3) ____) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was near the molar area at the back of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the (4) ____ of a dental department at the hospital, spoke to reporters about the surgery the little boy had. She told reporters: "The teeth were of variable sizes that ranged (5) ____ the smallest at 0.1mm to the largest at 3mm. They all had a small crown, enamel and a small root." She said the boy (6) ____ from a very rare dental problem.

    The operation (7) ____ remove the tiny teeth from the boy's jaw took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about how her (8) ____ of surgeons removed the teeth. She said: "We had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac." She added: "As the sac was (9) ____ deeper into the tissue, the size of the teeth was becoming very small." Despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw, the boy did not suffer a lot of (10) ____. Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling sessions with him for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have (11) ____ in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is no (12) ____ in pain.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     removal     (b)     removes     (c)     remover     (d)     removed    
    2. (a)     compliant     (b)     complaint     (c)     complain     (d)     complained    
    3. (a)     spaces     (b)     space     (c)     spatial     (d)     spaced    
    4. (a)     face     (b)     back     (c)     head     (d)     body    
    5. (a)     from     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     suffered     (b)     suffer     (c)     sufferance     (d)     suffering    
    7. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     team     (b)     club     (c)     army     (d)     squad    
    9. (a)     go     (b)     going     (c)     gone     (d)     goes    
    10. (a)     painful     (b)     pained     (c)     pain     (d)     painless    
    11. (a)     experts     (b)     expert     (c)     expertise     (d)     expats    
    12. (a)     length     (b)     longer     (c)     lengthen     (d)     longing

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. 526 intureaim teeth
    2. The boy plncmieoad to his mother
    3. a small, pymte space
    4. the sryuerg the little boy had
    5. The teeth were of ialavrbe sizes
    6. a very rare lnadte problem

    Paragraph 2

    1. The nooriepta to remove the tiny teeth
    2. esnsurog removed the teeth
    3. going deeper into the sitesu
    4. estpide having over 500 teeth
    5. take a lot of counseling issonsse
    6. expiesetr in dealing with kids

    Put the text back together

    (...)  of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was near the molar area
    (...)  a lot of pain. Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling sessions with
    (...)  The operation to remove the tiny teeth from the boy's jaw took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about
    (...)  the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac." She added: "As the sac was going deeper into the
    1  ) A dentist in Chennai, India has removed 526 miniature teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy. The boy
    (...)  tissue, the size of the teeth was becoming very small." Despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw, the boy did not suffer
    (...)  hospital, spoke to reporters about the surgery the little boy had. She told reporters: "The teeth were of variable
    (...)  how her team of surgeons removed the teeth. She said: "We had to drill down into the top of
    (...)  enamel and a small root." She said the boy suffered from a very rare dental problem.
    (...)  at the back of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head of a dental department at the
    (...)  complained to his mother that he had toothaches. She took the boy to a dentist, who found the boy had hundreds
    (...)  sizes that ranged from the smallest at 0.1mm to the largest at 3mm. They all had a small crown,
    (...)  him for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have expertise in dealing
    (...)  with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is no longer in pain.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. boy   complained   to   The   toothaches   .   his   mother   about
    2. area   at   molar   Near   the   back   .   the
    3. a   Head   of   at   department   the   hospital   .   dental
    4. at   ranged   0   .1mm   .   smallest   that   the   from   Sizes
    5. a   from   He   rare   suffered   very   problem   .   dental
    6. to   the   tiny   remove   operation   teeth   .   The
    7. surgeons   How   team   her   removed   of   teeth   .   the
    8. into   down   We   drill   had   the   top   .   to
    9. pain   .   a   lot   not   of   He   did   suffer
    10. who   good   expertise   .   counseling   very   have   A   team

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A dentist in Chennai, India has removal / removed 526 miniature teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy. The boy complaint / complained to his mother that he had toothaches. She took the boy to a dentist, who found the boy had hundred / hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was nearly / near the molar area at the back of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head / foot of a dental department at the hospital, speaking / spoke to reporters about the surgery / sugary the little boy had. She told reporters: "The teeth were of vary / variable sizes that ranged from the smallest at 0.1mm to the largest at 3mm. They all had a small tiara / crown, enamel and a small root." She said the boy suffered from a very rare / bare dental problem.

    The operation to remove the tinny / tiny teeth from the boy's jaw took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about how her team / club of surgeons removed the teeth. She said: "We had to drill / drilling down into the top of the lawyer / lower jaw, make a window and removal / remove the sac." She added: "As the sac was going deeper into the tissue, the size of the teeth was became / becoming very small." Despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw, the boy did not suffer the / a lot of pain. Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling passions / sessions with him for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have experts / expertise in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is no longer / longing in pain.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    T h_ _p_r_t__ n t_ r_m_v_ t h_ t_n y t__ t h f r_m t h_ b_y ' s j_w t__ k _v_r f_v_ h__ r s . P r_f_s s_r R_m_n_ s p_k_ _b__ t h_w h_r t__ m _f s_r g__ n s r_m_v_d t h_ t__ t h . S h_ s__ d : " W_ h_d t_ d r_l l d_w n _n t_ t h_ t_p _f t h_ l_w_r j_w , m_k_ _ w_n d_w _n d r_m_v_ t h_ s_c . " S h_ _d d_d : " A s t h_ s_c w_s g__ n g d__ p_r _n t_ t h_ t_s s__ , t h_ s_z_ _f t h_ t__ t h w_s b_c_m_n g v_r y s m_l l . " D_s p_t_ h_v_n g _v_r 5 0 0 t__ t h _n h_s j_w , t h_ b_y d_d n_t s_f f_r _ l_t _f p__ n . M s R_m_n_ s__ d : " W_ h_d t_ t_k_ _ l_t _f c__ n s_l_n g s_s s__ n s w_t h h_m f_r h_m t_ _n d_r g_ s_r g_r y . W_ h_v_ _ v_r y g__ d c__ n s_l_n g t__ m w h_ h_v_ _x p_r t_s_ _n d__ l_n g w_t h k_d s . " T h_ b_y n_w h_s 2 1 t__ t h . H_ _s d__ n g w_l l _n d _s n_ l_n g_r _n p__ n .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a dentist in chennai india has removed 526 miniature teeth from the mouth of a sevenyearold boy the boy complained to his mother that he had toothaches she took the boy to a dentist, who found the boy had hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac a small empty space inside the boys jaw the sac was near the molar area at the back of the jaw professor pratibha ramani the head of a dental department at the hospital spoke to reporters about the surgery the little boy had she told reporters the teeth were of variable sizes that ranged from the smallest at 01mm to the largest at 3mm they all had a small crown enamel and a small root she said the boy suffered from a very rare dental problem

    the operation to remove the tiny teeth from the boys jaw took over five hours professor ramani spoke about how her team of surgeons removed the teeth she said we had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw make a window and remove the sac she added as the sac was going deeper into the tissue the size of the teeth was becoming very small despite having over 500 teeth in his jaw the boy did not suffer a lot of pain ms ramani said we had to take a lot of counseling sessions with him for him to undergo surgery we have a very good counseling team who have expertise in dealing with kids the boy now has 21 teeth he is doing well and is no longer in pain.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AdentistinChennai,Indiahasremoved526miniatureteethfromthemo
    uthofaseven-year-oldboy.Theboycomplainedtohismotherthatheh
    adtoothaches.Shetooktheboytoadentist,whofoundtheboyhadhundr
    edsoftinyteethinasac(asmall,emptyspace)insidetheboy'sjaw.Thesa
    cwasnearthemolarareaatthebackofthejaw.ProfessorPratibhaRaman
    i,theheadofadentaldepartmentatthehospital,spoketoreportersabou
    tthesurgerythelittleboyhad.Shetoldreporters:"Theteethwereofvaria
    blesizesthatrangedfromthesmallestat0.1mmtothelargestat3mm.Th
    eyallhadasmallcrown,enamelandasmallroot."Shesaidtheboysuffere
    dfromaveryraredentalproblem.Theoperationtoremovethetinyteethf
    romtheboy'sjawtookoverfivehours.ProfessorRamanispokeaboutho
    wherteamofsurgeonsremovedtheteeth.Shesaid:"Wehadtodrilldown
    intothetopofthelowerjaw,makeawindowandremovethesac."Sheadd
    ed:"Asthesacwasgoingdeeperintothetissue,thesizeoftheteethwasb
    ecomingverysmall."Despitehavingover500teethinhisjaw,theboydid
    notsufferalotofpain.MsRamanisaid:"Wehadtotakealotofcounselings
    essionswithhimforhimtoundergosurgery.Wehaveaverygoodcounsel
    ingteamwhohaveexpertiseindealingwithkids."Theboynowhas21teet
    h.Heisdoingwellandisnolongerinpain.

    Free writing

    Write about tooth extraction for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Teeth are unnecessary. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. TEETH: Make a poster about teeth. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. UNNECESSARY: Write a magazine article about teeth being unnecessary and moving to tooth-replacement future. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on teeth. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to keep our teeth in perfect condition. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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