The Reading / Listening - Walking Speed - Level 0

People who walk slowly at the age of 45 may get old more quickly. They could get physically and mentally older. Doctors know that older people who walk slowly are more likely to have health problems. Slow walkers in their 70s and 80s often die sooner than fast walkers. This may be the same for people in their 40s.



Researchers looked at the health records of 904 people. The researchers looked at the people's memory and intelligence. They did tests on the people. The people had to say the alphabet while walking. The people who walked more slowly showed less brain activity while saying the alphabet.

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Sources
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326648.php
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-10-slower-walkers-older-brains-bodies.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/how-fast-do-you-walk-new-warning-about-being-a-slow-walker-11833595


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. walk slowly at
  2. physically and
  3. Doctors know
  4. more likely to have
  5. Slow walkers in their
  6. die sooner than
  7. This may be
  8. people in
  1. fast walkers
  2. health problems
  3. their 40s
  4. mentally older
  5. the same
  6. that
  7. 70s and 80s
  8. the age of 45

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers looked
  2. records of
  3. people's memory
  4. They did tests
  5. The people had to
  6. The people who walked
  7. less brain
  8. while saying the
  1. more slowly
  2. and intelligence
  3. alphabet
  4. at the health
  5. activity
  6. on the people
  7. 904 people
  8. say the alphabet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People (1) ___________________ at the age of 45 may get (2) ___________________. They could get physically and mentally older. Doctors (3) ___________________ people who walk slowly are more (4) ___________________ health problems. Slow walkers in their (5) ___________________ often die sooner than fast walkers. This may (6) ___________________ for people in their 40s.

Researchers (7) ___________________ health records of 904 people. The researchers (8) ___________________ people's memory and intelligence. They (9) ___________________ the people. The people (10) ___________________ the alphabet while walking. The (11) ___________________ more slowly showed less brain activity while (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplewhowalkslowlyattheageof45maygetoldmorequickly.Theycou
ldgetphysicallyandmentallyolder.Doctorsknowthatolderpeoplewho
walkslowlyaremorelikelytohavehealthproblems.Slowwalkersintheir
70sand80softendiesoonerthanfastwalkers.Thismaybethesameforp
eopleintheir40s.Researcherslookedatthehealthrecordsof904people
.Theresearcherslookedatthepeople'smemoryandintelligence.Theyd
idtestsonthepeople.Thepeoplehadtosaythealphabetwhilewalking.T
hepeoplewhowalkedmoreslowlyshowedlessbrainactivitywhilesayin
gthealphabet.

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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