The Reading / Listening - Walking Speed - Level 1

People who walk slowly at the age of 45 may age faster. They could become physically and mentally older. Walking speed could help doctors understand more about health problems older people have. Doctors know that older people who walk slowly are more likely to have health problems. This may be the same for younger people. A researcher said: "Doctors know that slow walkers in their 70s and 80s tend to die sooner than fast walkers their same age."



Researchers looked at the health records of 904 people. Some records went back to when people were three years old. The researchers looked at how good the people's memory was and their intelligence. Researchers did tests on the people. The people had to say the alphabet while walking at a normal and fast speed. The people who walked more slowly showed less brain activity in brain scans 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. People who walk slowly
  2. They could become physically and
  3. help doctors
  4. health
  5. older people who walk
  6. likely to have
  7. This may be the
  8. walkers in their
  1. understand more
  2. slowly
  3. problems
  4. 70s and 80s
  5. same
  6. at the age of 45
  7. health problems
  8. mentally older

Paragraph 2

  1. the health records
  2. records went back to when
  3. how good the people's
  4. researchers did tests
  5. at a normal and
  6. showed less brain
  7. brain
  8. while saying
  1. memory was
  2. scans
  3. fast speed
  4. the alphabet
  5. people were three
  6. of 904 people
  7. on the people
  8. activity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People who (1) ___________________ the age of 45 may age faster. They could become physically (2) ___________________. Walking speed (3) ___________________ understand more about health problems older people have. Doctors know that older people who walk slowly (4) ___________________ to have health problems. This may (5) ___________________ for younger people. A researcher said: "Doctors know that slow walkers in their 70s and 80s (6) ___________________ sooner than fast walkers their same age."

Researchers (7) ___________________ health records of 904 people. Some records (8) ___________________ when people were three years old. The researchers looked at how good the people's (9) ___________________ their intelligence. Researchers did tests on the people. The people had to say (10) ___________________ walking at a normal (11) ___________________. The people who walked more slowly showed less brain activity (12) ___________________ while saying the alphabet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplewhowalkslowlyattheageof45mayagefaster.Theycouldbecom
ephysicallyandmentallyolder.Walkingspeedcouldhelpdoctorsunder
standmoreabouthealthproblemsolderpeoplehave.Doctorsknowthat
olderpeoplewhowalkslowlyaremorelikelytohavehealthproblems.Thi
smaybethesameforyoungerpeople.Aresearchersaid:"Doctorsknowt
hatslowwalkersintheir70sand80stendtodiesoonerthanfastwalkerst
heirsameage."Researcherslookedatthehealthrecordsof904people.S
omerecordswentbacktowhenpeoplewerethreeyearsold.Theresearc
herslookedathowgoodthepeople'smemorywasandtheirintelligence.
Researchersdidtestsonthepeople.Thepeoplehadtosaythealphabetw
hilewalkingatanormalandfastspeed.Thepeoplewhowalkedmoreslow
lyshowedlessbrainactivityinbrainscanswhilesayingthealphabet.

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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