The Reading / Listening - Red Light - Level 2

Scientists say they have help for older people with poor eyesight. That is shining a red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say three minutes of the red light every day for two weeks could help make older people see better. Not any red light will improve eyesight. A researcher looked at the effects of red light and vision in older people. He said: "I strongly suggest that people do not just go and buy a red light off the web. They have to produce the right wavelength and be reliable. We are looking for a commercial partner to do this and to price them at...around $20."



Researchers from University College London conducted tests on 24 men and women aged between 28 and 72. They found that cells used to process light deteriorated in the older people. With the red light, these people could see different colours better. The older people's sight got better by 22 per cent. A doctor said: "Populations are ageing rapidly and this is going to be a major issue in the future. We need to gear up for this." He added: "If you can't see clearly you can't read or watch TV. You also tend to fall down and break bones. Our lights are a step in this direction."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Red Light - Level 0 Red Light - Level 1   or  Red Light - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.newsweek.com/staring-red-light-3-minutes-appears-improve-eyesight-over-40s-1514344
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/staring-red-light-three-minutes-22276312
  • https://www.slashgear.com/aging-vision-significantly-improved-by-recharging-daily-with-red-light-30627085/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. they have help for
  2. poor
  3. every day
  4. help make older people
  5. buy a red light off
  6. They have to produce the right
  7. We are looking for a commercial
  8. price them
  1. for two weeks
  2. partner
  3. the web
  4. at around $20
  5. older people
  6. see better
  7. wavelength
  8. eyesight

Paragraph 2

  1. conducted tests
  2. cells used to process
  3. this is going to be a major
  4. We need to gear
  5. If you can't
  6. you can't read
  7. fall down and break
  8. a step in this
  1. or watch TV
  2. bones
  3. on 24 men
  4. direction
  5. issue in the future
  6. light
  7. see clearly
  8. up for this

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say they (1) ___________________ older people with poor eyesight. That is (2) ___________________ light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say three minutes of the red light every day for two weeks could help make older (3) ___________________. Not any red light will improve eyesight. A researcher looked at (4) ___________________ red light and vision in older people. He said: "I strongly suggest that people do not just go and buy a red light (5) ___________________. They have to produce the right wavelength and be reliable. We are looking for a commercial partner to do this and (6) ___________________ at...around $20."

Researchers from University College London (7) ___________________ 24 men and women aged between 28 and 72. They found that cells used (8) ___________________ deteriorated in the older people. With the red light, these people (9) ___________________ colours better. The older people's sight got better by 22 per cent. A doctor said: "Populations are ageing rapidly and this is going to be (10) ___________________ in the future. We need to gear up for this." He added: "If you can't see clearly you can't read or watch TV. You also (11) ___________________ down and break bones. Our lights are a step (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistssaytheyhavehelpforolderpeoplewithpooreyesight.Thatiss
hiningaredlightintheeyesforthreeminutes.Doctorssaythreeminutes
oftheredlighteverydayfortwoweekscouldhelpmakeolderpeopleseeb
etter.Notanyredlightwillimproveeyesight.Aresearcherlookedattheef
fectsofredlightandvisioninolderpeople.Hesaid:"Istronglysuggesttha
tpeopledonotjustgoandbuyaredlightofftheweb.Theyhavetoproduce
therightwavelengthandbereliable.Wearelookingforacommercialpar
tnertodothisandtopricethemat...around$20."ResearchersfromUniv
ersityCollegeLondonconductedtestson24menandwomenagedbetwe
en28and72.Theyfoundthatcellsusedtoprocesslightdeterioratedinth
eolderpeople.Withtheredlight,thesepeoplecouldseedifferentcolours
better.Theolderpeople'ssightgotbetterby22percent.Adoctorsaid:"P
opulationsareageingrapidlyandthisisgoingtobeamajorissueinthefut
ure.Weneedtogearupforthis."Headded:"Ifyoucan'tseeclearlyyouca
n'treadorwatchTV.Youalsotendtofalldownandbreakbones.Ourlights
areastepinthisdirection."

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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