The Reading / Listening - Red Light - Level 3

Scientists believe they have found help for older people suffering from poor eyesight. The solution is shining a special red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say a three-minute daily dose of the special red light for two weeks could help improve age-related vision problems. However, they say not any red light will help improve eyesight. The co-author of a study into the effects of red light and vision in older people explained why. Professor Glen Jeffery 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 under around $20 to $25."



The study was carried out by a team from University College London. Researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women aged between 28 and 72. They said some cells that help us process light had deteriorated in the older people. Doctors say their red light improved the ability of these people to detect different colours, particularly blue. The vision of these older people improved by as much as 22 per cent. Doctor Jeffrey 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 easier levels:

    Red Light - Level 0 Red Light - Level 1   or  Red Light - Level 2

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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. EYESIGHT: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about eyesight. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       scientists / eyesight / solution / red light / eyes / vision / older people / wavelength /
       study / researchers / tests / cells / blue / population / major issue / watch TV / step
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SCREEN TIME: Students A strongly believe there should be a limit on daily screen time to protect people's eyesight; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SENSES: How can we protect these senses? How important are they Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

qqqqqqq

qqqqqqq

Sight

 

 

Hearing

 

 

Taste

 

 

Touch

 

 

Smell

 

 

The sixth sense

 

 

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5. POOR: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "poor". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. OLD AGE: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest problems we suffer in our old age at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Poor eyesight
  • Lost hearing
  • Bad back
  • Wrinkles
  • Memory loss
  • Weaker muscles
  • Lost teeth
  • Loss of bladder control

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. believe a. Having a lot of pain.
      2. suffering b. Say something for people to think about.
      3. solution c. An amount of a medicine or drug taken or recommended to be taken at a particular time.
      4. dose d. The answer to something.
      5. suggest e. Accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of something.
      6. web f. Always good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.
      7. reliable g. The Internet.

    Paragraph 2

      8. conducted h. An important topic or problem for debate or discussion.
      9. process i. Did; carried out.
      10. deteriorated j. Find or sense that something is there.
      11. improved k. A course or way along which someone or something moves.
      12. detect l. Became slowly worse.
      13. issue m. Got better.
      14. direction n. A series of actions or steps to do something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Scientists have a solution for everyone with eye problems.     T / F
  2. Looking at a red light for three minutes could help vision in the aged.     T / F
  3. A doctor said people could buy any red light on the Internet.     T / F
  4. The red lights could cost between $20 to $25.     T / F
  5. The study was conducted by a university in London.     T / F
  6. The red light could help people see the colour blue better.     T / F
  7. The eyesight of people in the study improved by 22%.     T / F
  8. A doctor said old people tend to fall over and break bones.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. believe
  2. suffering
  3. dose
  4. improve
  5. reliable
  6. carried out
  7. deteriorated
  8. detect
  9. rapidly
  10. step
  1. move
  2. get better
  3. conducted
  4. sense
  5. experiencing
  6. quickly
  7. measure
  8. trustworthy
  9. got worse
  10. think

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. help for older people suffering
  2. The solution is shining
  3. a three-minute daily
  4. buy a red light
  5. We are looking for a commercial
  6. detect
  7. Populations are ageing
  8. We need to gear
  9. You also tend to fall down
  10. Our lights are a step
  1. dose
  2. different colours
  3. partner
  4. up for this
  5. a special red light
  6. in this direction
  7. off the web
  8. from poor eyesight
  9. rapidly
  10. and break bones

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
why
help
under
improve
reliable
shining
eyesight
web

Scientists believe they have found (1) _____________________ for older people suffering from poor eyesight. The solution is (2) _____________________ a special red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say a three-minute daily dose of the special red light for two weeks could help (3) _____________________ age-related vision problems. However, they say not any red light will help improve (4) _____________________. The co-author of a study into the effects of red light and vision in older people explained (5) _____________________. Professor Glen Jeffery said: "I strongly suggest that people do not just go and buy a red light off the (6) _____________________. They have to produce the right wavelength and be (7) _____________________. We are looking for a commercial partner to do this and to price them at (8) _____________________ around $20 to $25."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
aged
rapidly
particularly
carried
step
deteriorated
gear
older

The study was (9) _____________________ out by a team from University College London. Researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women (10) _____________________ between 28 and 72. They said some cells that help us process light had (11) _____________________ in the older people. Doctors say their red light improved the ability of these people to detect different colours, (12) _____________________ blue. The vision of these (13) _____________________ people improved by as much as 22 per cent. Doctor Jeffrey said: "Populations are ageing (14) _____________________ and this is going to be a major issue in the future. We need to (15) _____________________ 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 (16) _____________________ in this direction."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Scientists believe they have found help for older ______
     a.  people surfing
     b.  people sufferance
     c.  people suffer in
     d.  people suffering
2)  Doctors say a three-minute daily ______ special red light
     a.  does of the
     b.  dose of the
     c.  doss of the
     d.  douse of the
3)  However, they say not any red light will ______
     a.  help improve eyesight
     b.  help improves eyesight
     c.  help improved eyesight
     d.  help in prove eyesight
4)  co-author of a study into the effects of red light and vision in older ______
     a.  people explain why
     b.  people explains why
     c.  people explaining why
     d.  people explained why
5)  We are looking for a commercial partner ______
     a.  to do this
     b.  to do these
     c.  to do those
     d.  to do theses

6)  Researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women ______ and 72
     a.  ageing between 28
     b.  ages between 28
     c.  age between 28
     d.  aged between 28
7)  They said some cells that help us process light had deteriorated in ______
     a.  the olden people
     b.  the olds people
     c.  the older people
     d.  the oldies people
8)  Doctors say their red light improved the ability ______
     a.  oft these people
     b.  of these people
     c.  off these people
     d.  offer these people
9)  Populations are ageing rapidly and this is going to be ______
     a.  a majors issue
     b.  a major issue
     c.  a majored issue
     d.  a majority issue
10)  You also tend to fall down and break bones. Our lights are a step ______
     a.  in this direction
     b.  on this direction
     c.  pin this direction
     d.  upon this direction

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists believe they have found (1) ____________________ people suffering from poor eyesight. The solution (2) ____________________ special red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say a three-minute (3) ____________________ the special red light for two weeks could help improve age-related vision problems. However, they say not any red light will help improve eyesight. The co-author of a study into the effects of red (4) ____________________ in older people explained why. Professor Glen Jeffery said: "I strongly suggest that people do not just go and buy a red light off the web. They have to (5) ____________________ wavelength and be reliable. We are looking for a commercial partner to do this and to price them (6) ____________________ $20 to $25."

The study was (7) ____________________ a team from University College London. Researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women aged between 28 and 72. They said some cells that (8) ____________________ light had deteriorated in the older people. Doctors say their red light improved the ability of these (9) ____________________ different colours, particularly blue. The vision of these older people improved by as much as 22 per cent. Doctor Jeffrey said: "Populations (10) ____________________ 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 (11) ____________________ fall down and break bones. Our lights are a step (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many minutes a day will people have to look at the red light?
  2. For how many weeks will people have to look at the red light?
  3. Where did a professor discourage people from buying red lights?
  4. What do the red lights have to produce to work well?
  5. How much might the red lights sell for?
  6. What university carried out the research?
  7. What did researchers say had deteriorated in older people?
  8. By how much did the red light improve the eyesight of older people?
  9. What did a doctor say populations were doing rapidly?
  10. What did the doctor say people who can't see clearly tend to do?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many minutes a day will people have to look at the red light?
a) two
b) three
c) five
d) four
2) For how many weeks will people have to look at the red light?
a) five
b) four
c) three
d) two
3) Where did a professor discourage people from buying red lights?
a) auction sites
b) DIT shops
c) the web
d) electricity stores
4) What do the red lights have to produce to work well?
a) the right wavelength
b) deep reds
c) all varieties of red
d) omega 3
5) How much might the red lights sell for?
a) $9.99
b) around $22
c) $9.95
d) just over $25

6) What university carried out the research?
a) University College London
b) MIT
c) Tokyo
d) UCLA
7) What did researchers say had deteriorated in older people?
a) colours
b) cognition
c) cells
d) bank balances
8) By how much did the red light improve the eyesight of older people?
a) 22%
b) 28%
c) 33%
d) 8%
9) What did a doctor say populations were doing rapidly?
a) going for walks
b) staring at screens
c) watching more movies
d) ageing
10) What did the doctor say people who can't see clearly tend to do?
a) get depressed
b) read less
c) fall down and break bones
d) wear bigger glasses

Role play

Role  A – Poor Eyesight
You think poor eyesight is the worst problem of old age. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): a bad back, memory loss or wrinkled skin.

Role  B – Bad Back
You think a bad back is the worst problem of old age. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): poor eyesight, memory loss or wrinkled skin.

Role  C – Memory Loss
You think memory loss is the worst problem of old age. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): a bad back, poor eyesight or wrinkled skin.

Role  D – Wrinkled Skin
You think wrinkled skin is the worst problem of old age. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): a bad back, memory loss or poor eyesight.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'eye'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'sight'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • help
    • daily
    • any
    • why
    • web
    • under
    • between
    • process
    • ability
    • 22
    • gear
    • step




    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 - Red Light

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'eye'?
    3. How is your eyesight?
    4. Do you ever worry about your eyesight?
    5. What do you think of the research in the article?
    6. What can people do about poor eyesight?
    7. Which are better, glasses or contact lenses?
    8. How can we keep our eyes healthy?
    9. What do you do that might be bad for your eyes?
    10. What other age-related problems do you worry about?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'sight'?
    3. Would you buy one of the red lights for your eyes?
    4. Why do young people also suffer from poor eyesight?
    5. What colours do you really like looking at?
    6. How will doctors improve our eyesight in the future?
    7. Would you like to be able to see in the dark?
    8. What problems are there with ageing populations?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story, and why?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the doctors?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Scientists believe they have (1) ____ help for older people suffering from poor eyesight. The solution is shining a special red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say a three-minute daily (2) ____ of the special red light for two weeks could help improve age-related (3) ____ problems. However, they say not any red light will help improve eyesight. The co-author of a study into the effects (4) ____ red light and vision in older people explained why. Professor Glen Jeffery said: "I strongly suggest that people do not just go and buy a red light off the (5) ____. They have to produce the right wavelength and be reliable. We are looking for a commercial partner to do this and to (6) ____ them at under around $20 to $25."

    The study was carried (7) ____ by a team from University College London. Researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women aged (8) ____ 28 and 72. They said some cells that help us process light had deteriorated in the older people. Doctors say their red light improved the ability (9) ____ these people to detect different colours, particularly blue. The vision of these older people improved (10) ____ as much as 22 per cent. Doctor Jeffrey said: "Populations are ageing rapidly and this is going to be a major issue (11) ____ 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 (12) ____ in this direction."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     fond     (b)     found     (c)     fund     (d)     fend    
    (a)     douse     (b)     dose     (c)     does     (d)     doze    
    (a)     envision     (b)     visor     (c)     visionary     (d)     vision    
    (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    (a)     webbed     (b)     webbing     (c)     cobweb     (d)     web    
    (a)     worth     (b)     profit     (c)     price     (d)     money    
    (a)     out     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     up    
    (a)     among     (b)     of     (c)     between     (d)     older    
    (a)     on     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    (a)     by     (b)     to     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    (a)     in     (b)     of     (c)     as     (d)     by    
    (a)     step     (b)     pace     (c)     ladder     (d)     stair

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. found help for older people nugfrsief
    2. poor yisetehg
    3. The solution is nnighsi a special red light
    4. a study into the ftefcse of red light
    5. produce the right gwveetnhla
    6. We are looking for a lrcmeoimac partner

    Paragraph 2

    1. Researchers edutcndco tests on 24 men
    2. cells that help us scorpse light
    3. detect different colours, aaptuyrlrcil blue
    4. Populations are ageing idlrpay
    5. this is going to be a oajmr issue
    6. Our lights are a step in this dnotrieci

    Put the text back together

    1  ) Scientists believe they have found help for older people suffering from poor eyesight. The solution is shining
    (...)  The study was carried out by a team from University College London. Researchers conducted
    (...)  buy a red light off the web. They have to produce the right wavelength and be reliable. We are
    (...)  eyesight. The co-author of a study into the effects of red light and vision in older people explained
    (...)  a special red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say a three-minute daily dose of the special red light for
    (...)  looking for a commercial partner to do this and to price them at under around $20 to $25."
    (...)  particularly blue. The vision of these older people improved by as much as 22 per cent. Doctor Jeffrey
    (...)  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."
    (...)  why. Professor Glen Jeffery said:  "I strongly suggest that people do not just go and
    (...)  two weeks could help improve age-related vision problems. However, they say not any red light will help improve
    (...)  said: "Populations are ageing rapidly and this is going to be a major issue in the
    (...)  people. Doctors say their red light improved the ability of these people to detect different colours,
    (...)  tests on 24 men and women aged between 28 and 72. They said some cells that help us process light had deteriorated in the older

    Put the words in the right order

    1. poor   older   eyesight   .   suffering   people   for   from   Help
    2. special   light   .   is   shining   a   red   solution   The
    3. daily   dose   A   three-minute   the   of   light   .   special
    4. red   Not   improve   help   will   eyesight   .   any   light
    5. partner   .   looking   commercial   for   We   are   a
    6. of   ability   Red   people   .   improved   light   these   the
    7. major   This   going   to   is   issue   .   be   a
    8. clearly,   you   read   .   you   see   If   can't   can't
    9. also   break   to   tend   fall   bones   .   and   You
    10. direction   .   in   step   lights   this   a   are   Our

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists believe / belief they have found help for older people suffering from poor eyesight. The solution is shinning / shining a special red light in the eyes for three minutes. Doctors say a three-minute daily does / dose of the special red light for two weeks could help improve age-related visionary / vision problems. However, they say not many / any red light will help improve eyesight. The co-author of a study into the effects / affects of red light and vision in older people explained / explain why. Professor Glen Jeffery said:  "I strongly suggestive / suggest that people do not just go and buy a red light off the web. They have to produce the right / left wavelength and be reliable. We are looking for a commercial partner to do this and to price them at under / lower around $20 to $25."

    The study was carried in / out by a team from University College London. Researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women aged among / between 28 and 72. They said some cells that help we / us process light had deteriorated in the order / older people. Doctors say their red light improved the ability / able of these people to detect different colours, particular / particularly blue. The vision of these older people improved by as much as 22 per cent. Doctor Jeffrey said: "Populations are ageing rapidly / rapidity and this is going to be a major issue in / on the future. We need to gear up for this." He added: "If you can't see clear / 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 / direct."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    scientists believe they have found help for older people suffering from poor eyesight the solution is shining a special red light in the eyes for three minutes doctors say a threeminute daily dose of the special red light for two weeks could help improve agerelated vision problems however they say not any red light will help improve eyesight the coauthor of a study into the effects of red light and vision in older people explained why professor glen jeffery 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 under around 20 to 25

    the study was carried out by a team from university college london researchers conducted tests on 24 men and women aged between 28 and 72 they said some cells that help us process light had deteriorated in the older people doctors say their red light improved the ability of these people to detect different colours particularly blue the vision of these older people improved by as much as 22 per cent doctor jeffrey 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 cant see clearly you cant read or watch tv you also tend to fall down and break bones our lights are a step in this direction

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    Scientistsbelievetheyhavefoundhelpforolderpeoplesufferingfrompo
    oreyesight.Thesolutionisshiningaspecialredlightintheeyesforthree
    minutes.Doctorssayathree-minutedailydoseofthespecialredlightfor
    twoweekscouldhelpimproveage-relatedvisionproblems.However,th
    eysaynotanyredlightwillhelpimproveeyesight.Theco-authorofastu
    dyintotheeffectsofredlightandvisioninolderpeopleexplainedwhy.Pro
    fessorGlenJefferysaid:"Istronglysuggestthatpeopledonotjustgoand
    buyaredlightofftheweb.Theyhavetoproducetherightwavelengthand
    bereliable.Wearelookingforacommercialpartnertodothisandtopricet
    hematunderaround$20to$25."Thestudywascarriedoutbyateamfro
    mUniversityCollegeLondon.Researchersconductedtestson24menan
    dwomenagedbetween28and72.Theysaidsomecellsthathelpusproce
    sslighthaddeterioratedintheolderpeople.Doctorssaytheirredlightim
    provedtheabilityofthesepeopletodetectdifferentcolours,particularly
    blue.Thevisionoftheseolderpeopleimprovedbyasmuchas22percent.
    DoctorJeffreysaid:"Populationsareageingrapidlyandthisisgoingtobe
    amajorissueinthefuture.Weneedtogearupforthis."Headded:"Ifyouc
    an'tseeclearlyyoucan'treadorwatchTV.Youalsotendtofalldownandbr
    eakbones.Ourlightsareastepinthisdirection."

    Free writing

    Write about red light for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Our eyesight is the most important ability we have. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. EYESIGHT: Make a poster about eyesight. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SCREEN TIME: Write a magazine article about putting a legal limit on the hours of daily screen to help protect our eyesight. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on eyesight. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can protect our eyesight. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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