The Reading / Listening - Being Child-free - Level 0

Views on children are changing in the USA. A quarter of adults are happy being "child-free". Researchers looked at why child-free people are different from "non-parents". These are "not-yet-parents" - those planning to have kids, and people who cannot have children because of medical problems.

Researchers looked at information from 1,000 adults. They said child-free people were more liberal than parents. Parents were more likely to be in a relationship. Child-free adults were younger and less well-educated than parents. The researchers said more research would find out why people want to be child-free.

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Sources
  • https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/msu-saq061521.php
  • https://www.futurity.org/child-free-happy-adults-2583322-2/
  • https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2021/childfree-adults


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Views
  2. changing in the
  3. A quarter of adults are
  4. why child-free
  5. These are not yet
  6. those planning to have
  7. people who cannot
  8. medical
  1. people are different
  2. have children
  3. problems
  4. on children
  5. USA
  6. parents
  7. happy
  8. kids

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers looked at
  2. child-free people were
  3. Parents were more
  4. be in
  5. Child-free adults were
  6. less well-
  7. find
  8. people want to
  1. a relationship
  2. out why
  3. younger
  4. be child-free
  5. educated
  6. information
  7. likely
  8. more liberal

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Views on children (1) ___________________ the USA. A quarter of adults (2) ___________________ "child-free". Researchers looked at why child-free (3) ___________________ from "non-parents". These are "(4) ___________________" - those planning to have (5) ___________________ who cannot have children because (6) ___________________.

Researchers (7) ___________________ from 1,000 adults. They said child-free (8) ___________________ liberal than parents. Parents were (9) ___________________ be in a relationship. Child-free (10) ___________________ and less well-educated than parents. The researchers (11) ___________________ would find out why people (12) ___________________ child-free.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ViewsonchildrenarechangingintheUSA.Aquarterofadultsarehappyb
eing"child-free".Researcherslookedatwhychild-freepeoplearediff
erentfrom"non-parents".Theseare"not-yet-parents"-thoseplannin
gtohavekids,andpeoplewhocannothavechildrenbecauseofmedicalpr
oblems.Researcherslookedatinformationfrom1,000adults.Theysaid
child-freepeopleweremoreliberalthanparents.Parentsweremorel
ikelytobeinarelationship.Child-freeadultswereyoungerandlesswell-
educatedthanparents.Theresearcherssaidmoreresearchwouldfindo
utwhypeoplewanttobechild-free.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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