The Reading / Listening - Giving Birth - Level 1

A 73-year-old woman in India has had twins. Becoming a mother for the first time is "the happiest time" of her life. She needed an operation. The mother is recovering well after the operation. The twins are healthy. The mother thought she would never have children. She first tried fifty years ago but was unsuccessful. She thought she would be childless forever after her menopause. She said people called her "the childless lady".



The IVF method helped the woman give birth. She got a fertilized egg from a younger woman and became pregnant. She was so happy when she found out she was having twins. The mother's doctors are also happy with her. One doctor said: "We had three groups of doctors. One took care of her general health, one took care of her nutritional status and one took care of her pregnancy." The doctor said she was in very safe hands.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Giving Birth - Level 0 Giving Birth - Level 2   or  Giving Birth - Level 3

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. Becoming a mother for
  2. She needed an
  3. The mother is
  4. The twins
  5. She first tried
  6. She thought she would be childless
  7. after her
  8. people called her
  1. menopause
  2. are healthy
  3. forever
  4. operation
  5. "the childless lady"
  6. recovering well
  7. the first time
  8. fifty years ago

Paragraph 2

  1. The IVF method helped the
  2. She got a fertilized egg from a
  3. she found out she was
  4. The mother's doctors are also
  5. We had three groups
  6. her general
  7. one took care
  8. she was in very
  1. having twins
  2. of her pregnancy
  3. of doctors
  4. woman give birth
  5. health
  6. safe hands
  7. younger woman
  8. happy with her

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 73-year-old woman in India (1) ___________________. Becoming a mother for (2) ___________________ is "the happiest time" of her life. She (3) ___________________. The mother is recovering well after the operation. The (4) ___________________. The mother thought she would never have children. She first tried fifty years ago (5) ___________________. She thought she would be childless forever after her menopause. She said (6) ___________________ "the childless lady".

The IVF method helped the (7) ___________________. She got a fertilized egg from a younger woman and became pregnant. She (8) ___________________ when she found out she was having twins. The mother's doctors (9) ___________________ with her. One doctor said: "We had (10) ___________________ doctors. One took care of her general health, (11) ___________________ of her nutritional status and one took care of her pregnancy." The doctor said she was (12) ___________________ hands.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A73-year-oldwomaninIndiahashadtwins.Becomingamotherforthef
irsttimeis"thehappiesttime"ofherlife.Sheneededanoperation.Them
otherisrecoveringwellaftertheoperation.Thetwinsarehealthy.Them
otherthoughtshewouldneverhavechildren.Shefirsttriedfiftyyearsag
obutwasunsuccessful.Shethoughtshewouldbechildlessforeverafter
hermenopause.Shesaidpeoplecalledher"thechildlesslady".TheIVFm
ethodhelpedthewomangivebirth.Shegotafertilizedeggfromayounge
rwomanandbecamepregnant.Shewassohappywhenshefoundoutshe
washavingtwins.Themother'sdoctorsarealsohappywithher.Onedoct
orsaid:"Wehadthreegroupsofdoctors.Onetookcareofhergeneralheal
th,onetookcareofhernutritionalstatusandonetookcareofherpregn
ancy."Thedoctorsaidshewasinverysafehands.

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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Free writing

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