The Reading / Listening - Young Adults - Level 5

A new study has revealed that most adults under 30 are now living with their parents. The number of 18- to 30-year-olds who live at home has hit an 80-year high. Around 52 per cent of young people are at home with one or both parents. Researchers say that not since 1940 has this figure been as high. In the Great Depression of the 1930s, the percentage was higher. There has been a recent rise in the number of young adults moving back in with their parents. A contributory factor to this is the economic downturn and a rise in unemployment caused by coronavirus.



An analyst said: "You have to take into account two huge factors: massive student loan debt and a lack of available work." He said this situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic. He said: "It may take...the better part of a decade for younger demographics to recover and be financially stable enough to leave home." He concluded: "For the most part, nobody wants to be living at home with mom and dad." Another analyst said the trend could adversely affect the property rental market. She said with young people not moving into cities and renting, there are many empty apartments.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Young Adults - Level 4 or  Young Adults - Level 6

Sources
  • https://money.yahoo.com/majority-of-us-adults-under-30-now-living-with-parents-study-finds-143957490.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/04/us/children-living-with-parents-pandemic-pew/index.html
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/09/04/more-young-people-living-with-their-parents-than-in-the-great-depression-report-says/#4b2ad0ac51a3


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The number of 18- to 30-year-
  2. hit an 80-year
  3. at home with one
  4. not since 1940 has this
  5. adults moving back in
  6. A contributory
  7. the economic
  8. a rise
  1. high
  2. downtown
  3. factor
  4. olds
  5. in unemployment
  6. figure been as high
  7. with their parents
  8. or both parents

Paragraph 2

  1. exacerbated by
  2. take the better part
  3. be financially stable enough
  4. For the most
  5. living at home
  6. adversely affect the property
  7. moving into cities
  8. there are many empty
  1. part
  2. apartments
  3. of a decade
  4. rental market
  5. and renting
  6. the pandemic
  7. with mom and dad
  8. to leave home

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new study (1) ___________________ most adults under 30 are now living with their parents. (2) ___________________ 18- to 30-year-olds who live at (3) ___________________ an 80-year high. Around 52 per cent of young people are at home with one or both parents. Researchers say that not since 1940 has (4) ___________________ as high. In the Great Depression of the 1930s, the percentage was higher. There has been (5) ___________________ in the number of young adults moving back in with their parents. A contributory factor to this is (6) ___________________ and a rise in unemployment caused by coronavirus.

An analyst said: "You have to (7) ___________________ two huge factors: massive student loan debt and a (8) __________________ work." He said this situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic. He said: "It may take... (8) ___________________ of a decade for younger demographics to recover and be financially (9) ___________________ leave home." He concluded: "For the most part, nobody wants to be living at home with mom and dad." Another analyst said the trend (10) ___________________ the property rental market. She said with young people not moving into cities and renting, there (11) ___________________ apartments.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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shigh.IntheGreatDepressionofthe1930s,thepercentagewashigher.
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withtheirparents.Acontributoryfactortothisistheeconomicdowntown
andariseinunemploymentcausedbycoronavirus.Ananalystsaid:"You
havetotakeintoaccounttwohugefactors:massivestudentloandebtan
dalackofavailablework."Hesaidthissituationhasbeenexacerbatedbyt
hepandemic.Hesaid:"Itmaytake...thebetterpartofadecadeforyoung
erdemographicstorecoverandbefinanciallystableenoughtoleaveho
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withmomanddad."Anotheranalystsaidthetrendcouldadverselyaffect
thepropertyrentalmarket.Shesaidwithyoungpeoplenotmovingintoci
tiesandrenting,therearemanyemptyapartments.

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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