The Reading / Listening - Giving Birth - Level 0

A 73-year-old woman in India has had twins. It is "the happiest time" of her life. She needed an operation but is well now. The twins are healthy. The mother thought she would never have children. She first tried fifty years ago. She said people hurt her by calling her "the childless lady".



The IVF method helped the woman give birth. She got a fertilized egg from a younger woman and became pregnant. The mother's doctors are happy with her. She had three groups of doctors. One looked after her health, one looked after her food, and one looked after her pregnancy. One doctor said she was in safe hands.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/06/indian-woman-73-gives-birth-twin-girls-mangayamma-yaramati-andhra-pradesh
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/71028629.cms
  • https://timesofoman.com/article/1885357/World/India/73-year-old-Indian-gives-birth-to-healthy-twins-girls


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A 73-year-old woman in India
  2. It is "the happiest time"
  3. She needed an
  4. The twins are
  5. she would never
  6. She first tried
  7. She said people
  8. the childless
  1. hurt her
  2. operation
  3. lady
  4. of her life
  5. fifty years ago
  6. has had twins
  7. have children
  8. healthy

Paragraph 2

  1. The IVF method helped the
  2. a fertilized
  3. became
  4. The mother's doctors are happy
  5. She had three groups
  6. One looked
  7. one looked after
  8. One doctor said she was
  1. pregnant
  2. her pregnancy
  3. after her health
  4. in safe hands
  5. egg
  6. of doctors
  7. woman
  8. with her

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 73-year-old woman in India (1) ___________________. It is "the happiest time" (2) ___________________. She needed an operation but (3) ___________________. The twins are healthy. The (4) ___________________ would never have children. She (5) ___________________ years ago. She said people (6) ___________________ calling her "the childless lady".

The IVF (7) ___________________ woman give birth. She got a fertilized egg (8) ___________________ woman and became pregnant. The mother's (9) ___________________ with her. She had three (10) ___________________. One looked after her health, one looked (11) ___________________, and one looked after her pregnancy. One doctor said she was (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A73-year-oldwomaninIndiahashadtwins.Itis"thehappiesttime"o
fherlife.Sheneededanoperationbutiswellnow.Thetwinsarehealthy.T
hemotherthoughtshewouldneverhavechildren.Shefirsttriedfiftyyea
rsago.Shesaidpeoplehurtherbycallingher"thechildlesslady".TheIVF
methodhelpedthewomangivebirth.Shegotafertilizedeggfromayoun
gerwomanandbecamepregnant.Themother'sdoctorsarehappywithh
er.Shehadthreegroupsofdoctors.Onelookedafterherhealth,onelook
edafterherfood,andonelookedafterherpregnancy.Onedoctorsaidshe
wasinsafehands.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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