The Reading / Listening - Level 6

A new report says that playing simple card games can help stroke patients with their recovery just as much as virtual reality gaming. Canadian researchers conducted a test on 141 patients to determine whether gaming or more traditional games was better at treating stroke sufferers. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, and even throwing a paper ball into a basket improved patients' motor skills. They said playing bingo or using a Wii games console also aided recovery from a stroke. The researchers reported that if the type of task used for the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help those recovering from a stroke.



A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It can lead to death if not treated quickly. Following a stroke, sufferers can experience a number of physical changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength in the arms and legs. The researchers said it wasn't clear whether virtual reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers more. Researcher Dr Gustavo Saposnik said: "We all like technology and have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36638178
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/stroke-recovery-1.3655273
  • http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/smh-alp062316.php


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. CARD GAMES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about card games. 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?

       report / card games / patients / recovery / virtual reality / traditional / dominoes /
       blood supply / treated / sufferers / physical changes / technology / strategies / study

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. TRADITIONAL: Students A strongly believe traditional games are better than computer games; Students B strongly believe computer games are better.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. GAMES: How good are these games for families, learning and fun? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Card games
  • Dominoes
  • Computer games
  • Board games
  • Quiz games
  • Outdoor games
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5. RECOVERY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "recovery". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. COMPUTER GAMES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • World of Warcraft
  • Angry Birds
  • FIFA 2016
  • The Sims
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Minecraft
  • Super Mario
  • Call of Duty

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A new report says card games are better than computer games.     T / F
  2. Researchers conducted a test on over 1,000 patients.     T / F
  3. Researchers said throwing papers balls was good for stroke victims.     T / F
  4. Researchers said games on Wii consoles aren't good for stroke victims.    T / F
  5. Strokes are related to how much blood gets to the brain.     T / F
  6. A stroke sufferer can have problems with speech.     T / F
  7. Researchers were clear on what kind of games were the best.     T / F
  8. Researchers said simple games can be as good as using technology.     T / F

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

  1. help
  2. recovery
  3. determine
  4. type
  5. intensive
  6. cut off
  7. lead to
  8. drooping
  9. recreational
  10. effective
  1. stopped
  2. thorough
  3. result in
  4. convalescence
  5. successful
  6. aid
  7. sagging
  8. leisure
  9. find out
  10. kind

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

  1. just as much
  2. researchers conducted a
  3. even throwing a paper ball
  4. the rehabilitation of motor
  5. help those recovering
  6. blood
  7. It can lead to death
  8. slurred
  9. old-
  10. simple recreational
  1. if not treated quickly
  2. skills
  3. supply
  4. activities
  5. into a basket
  6. test on 141 patients
  7. speech
  8. fashioned strategies
  9. from a stroke
  10. as virtual reality

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
determine
simple
type
motor
repetitive
treating
virtual
console

A new report says that playing (1) ____________ card games can help stroke patients with their recovery just as much as (2) ____________ reality gaming. Canadian researchers conducted a test on 141 patients to (3) ____________ whether gaming or more traditional games was better at (4) ____________ stroke sufferers. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, and even throwing a paper ball into a basket improved patients' (5) ____________ skills. They said playing bingo or using a Wii games (6) ____________ also aided recovery from a stroke. The researchers reported that if the (7) ____________ of task used for the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive, (8) ____________ and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help those recovering from a stroke.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
loss
treated
technology
supply
implemented
physical
strategies
clear

A stroke happens when the blood (9) ____________ to part of the brain is cut off. It can lead to death if not (10) ____________ quickly. Following a stroke, sufferers can experience a number of (11) ____________ changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a (12) ____________ of strength in the arms and legs. The researchers said it wasn't (13) ____________ whether virtual reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers more. Researcher Dr Gustavo Saposnik said: "We all like (14) ____________ and have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned (15) ____________, but sometimes that's not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be (16) ____________ anywhere may be as effective as technology."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A new report says that playing simple card games can help ______
     a.  stroke patience
     b.  stroke patents
     c.  stroke patient
     d.  stroke patients

2)  determine whether gaming or more traditional games was better at ______
     a.  treat in stroke sufferers
     b.  treating stroke sufferers
     c.  treats stroke sufferers
     d.  treatment stroke sufferers

3)  even throwing a paper ball into a basket improved ______
     a.  patients' motors skills
     b.  patients' motor skills
     c.  patients' motoring skills
     d.  patients' motorised skills

4)  The researchers reported that if the type ______
     a.  off task used
     b.  off-task used
     c.  of task use
     d.  of task used

5)  the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands ______
     a.  and arms move in
     b.  and arms movie
     c.  and arms moving
     d.  and arms movement

6)  A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the ______
     a.  brain is cuts off
     b.  brainy is cut off
     c.  brain is cut of
     d.  brain is cut off

7)  drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of ______
     a.  strength in the arms
     b.  strength on the arms
     c.  strength in the arm
     d.  strength on the arm

8)  the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-______
     a.  fashion strategies
     b.  fashion old strategies
     c.  fashioned strategy
     d.  fashioned strategies

9)  but sometimes that's ______
     a.  not a case
     b.  not this case
     c.  not the cases
     d.  not the case

10)  simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere ______
     a.  may be was effective
     b.  may be has effective
     c.  may be as effective
     d.  may be is effective

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new report says that playing simple card games (1) __________________ patients with their recovery just as much as virtual reality gaming. Canadian researchers (2) ___________________ on 141 patients to determine whether gaming or more traditional games (3) ___________________ treating stroke sufferers. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, (4) ___________________ a paper ball into a basket improved patients' motor skills. They said playing bingo or using a Wii games console also (5) ___________________ a stroke. The researchers reported that if the type of task used for the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, (6) ___________________ recovering from a stroke.

A stroke happens when the blood (7) ___________________ the brain is cut off. It can lead to death if not treated quickly. Following a stroke, sufferers can (8) ___________________ of physical changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a (9) ___________________ the arms and legs. The researchers said it wasn't (10) ___________________ reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers more. Researcher Dr Gustavo Saposnik said: "We all like technology and have (11) ___________________ think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may (12) ___________________ technology."

Comprehension questions

  1. What can simple card games be as good as for stroke patients?
  2. How many participants were in a test conducted by researchers?
  3. Where did researchers say stroke patients could throw a paper ball?
  4. What kind of skills did the researchers say simple games improved?
  5. What did the researchers say would get moving after intensive tasks?
  6. What part of the body is deprived of blood when someone has a stroke?
  7. What can happen to someone's speech if they have a stroke?
  8. Who is Gustavo Saposnik?
  9. What do people tend to think about old-fashioned strategies?
  10. What did a researcher say may be as effective as technology?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What can simple card games be as good as for stroke patients?
a) virtual reality gaming
b) walking
c) taking a hot bath
d) conducting tests

2) How many participants were in a test conducted by researchers?
a) 411
b) 114
c) 141
d) 1401

3) Where did researchers say stroke patients could throw a paper ball?
a) in a park
b) into a basket
c) out the window
d) in the air

4) What kind of skills did the researchers say simple games improved?
a) throwing skills
b) writing skills
c) language skills
d) motor skills

5) What did the researchers say would get moving after intensive tasks?
a) hands and arms
b) arms and legs
c) hands and feet
d) legs and feet

6) What part of the body is deprived of blood when someone has a stroke?
a) the liver
b) the arms
c) the heart
d) the brain

7) What can happen to someone's speech if they have a stroke?
a) it becomes impossible to understand
b) it becomes slurred
c) it becomes difficult
d) it stops

8) Who is Gustavo Saposnik?
a) a technologist
b) a card game player
c) a patient
d) a researcher

9) What do people tend to think about old-fashioned strategies?
a) no one should use them
b) they are boring
c) that new technology is better
d) they are too old to work

10) What did a researcher say might be as effective as technology?
a) studying
b) simple recreational activities
c) reading
d) crafts

Role play

Role A — Grand Theft Auto

You think Grand Theft Auto is the best game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Super Mario, Angry Birds or The Sims.

Role B — Super Mario

You think Super Mario is the best game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Grand Theft Auto, Angry Birds or The Sims.

Role C — Angry Birds

You think Angry Birds is the best game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Super Mario, Grand Theft Auto or The Sims.

Role D — The Sims

You think The Sims is the best game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  Super Mario, Angry Birds or Grand Theft Auto.

After reading / listening

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

'card'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'game'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • blood
    • number
    • loss
    • clear
    • old
    • may
    • new
    • 141
    • even
    • using
    • type
    • moving




    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 - Card games can help recovery from strokes

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'stroke'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of playing cards?
    5. What do you think of virtual reality games?
    6. Do you prefer traditional or computer games?
    7. Do you think traditional or computer games are better for stroke victims?
    8. In what way are computer games better than traditional games?
    9. What are the good and bad things about Wii consoles?
    10. Why do people like playing cards?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you know about strokes?
    3. What can we do to prevent strokes?
    4. How important are playing cards to you?
    5. What are your favourite card games?
    6. Are card games better than computer games in social situations?
    7. What are your favourite computer games?
    8. When is old-fashioned better than technology?
    9. What are your favourite recreational activities?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    A new report says that playing (1) ____ card games can help stroke patients with their recovery just as much as (2) ____ reality gaming. Canadian researchers conducted a test on 141 patients to (3) ____ whether gaming or more traditional games was better at treating stroke sufferers. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, and (4) ____ throwing a paper ball into a basket improved patients' motor skills. They said playing bingo or using a Wii games console also (5) ____ recovery from a stroke. The researchers reported that if the type of task used for the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help (6) ____ recovering from a stroke.

    A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is (7) ____ off. It can lead to death if not treated quickly. (8) ____ a stroke, sufferers can experience a number of physical changes such as drooping face muscles, (9) ____ speech and a loss (10) ____ strength in the arms and legs. The researchers said it wasn't clear whether virtual reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers more. Researcher Dr Gustavo Saposnik said: "We all like technology and have the (11) ____ to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the (12) ____. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     simple     (b)     simply     (c)     simpleton     (d)     simplest    
    2. (a)     virtually     (b)     virtue     (c)     virtual     (d)     virtuoso    
    3. (a)     deter     (b)     determiner     (c)     determine     (d)     detriment    
    4. (a)     eventuate     (b)     eventually     (c)     event     (d)     even    
    5. (a)     aided     (b)     addled     (c)     added     (d)     ailed    
    6. (a)     them     (b)     those     (c)     they     (d)     thus    
    7. (a)     snipped     (b)     broken     (c)     snapped     (d)     cut    
    8. (a)     Followed     (b)     Following     (c)     Follower     (d)     Follows    
    9. (a)     blurred     (b)     burred     (c)     slurred     (d)     furred    
    10. (a)     far     (b)     from     (c)     for     (d)     of    
    11. (a)     emergency     (b)     residency     (c)     leniency     (d)     tendency    
    12. (a)     box     (b)     case     (c)     file     (d)     bag

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     whether gaming or more traditional games was better at treating stroke sufferers. They found that playing cards, games

    (    )     A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It can lead to death if not treated

    (    )     like dominoes, and even throwing a paper ball into a basket improved patients' motor

    (    )     that if the type of task used for the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the

    1  )     A new report says that playing simple card games can help stroke patients with their recovery just as much as virtual

    (    )     reality gaming. Canadian researchers conducted a test on 141 patients to determine

    (    )     said: "We all like technology and have the tendency to think that new technology is better

    (    )     clear whether virtual reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers more. Researcher Dr Gustavo Saposnik

    (    )     than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational

    (    )     activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology."

    (    )     skills. They said playing bingo or using a Wii games console also aided recovery from a stroke. The researchers reported

    (    )     muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength in the arms and legs. The researchers said it wasn't

    (    )     hands and arms moving, it will help those recovering from a stroke.

    (    )     quickly. Following a stroke, sufferers can experience a number of physical changes such as drooping face

    Put the words in the right order

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    10. implemented  be   can  that  activities  recreational  Simple  anywhere  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cutting / cut off. It can lead to dead / death if not treated / treatment quickly. Following a stroke, sufferers can experience a figure / number of physical changes such as / has drooping face muscles, slurred speak / speech and a loss of strength in the arms and legs. The researchers said it wasn't clear whether virtual reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers / sufferance more. Researcher Dr Gustavo Saposnik said: "We all like technology and have the tend / tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies / strategy, but sometimes that's not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective / affective as technology."

    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

    a new report says that playing simple card games can help stroke patients with their recovery just as much as virtual reality gaming canadian researchers conducted a test on 141 patients to determine whether gaming or more traditional games was better at treating stroke sufferers they found that playing cards games like dominoes and even throwing a paper ball into a basket improved patients' motor skills they said playing bingo or using a wii games console also aided recovery from a stroke the researchers reported that if the type of task used for the rehabilitation of motor skills is intensive repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving it will help those recovering from a stroke

    a stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off it can lead to death if not treated quickly following a stroke sufferers can experience a number of physical changes such as drooping face muscles slurred speech and a loss of strength in the arms and legs the researchers said it wasn't clear whether virtual reality gaming or traditional games helped sufferers more researcher dr gustavo saposnik said "we all like technology and have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies but sometimes that's not the case in this study we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Anewreportsaysthatplayingsimplecardgamescanhelpstrokepatient
    swiththeirrecoveryjustasmuchasvirtualrealitygaming.Canadianres
    earchersconductedateston141patientstodeterminewhethergaming
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    undthatplayingcards,gameslikedominoes,andeventhrowingapaper
    ballintoabasketimprovedpatients'motorskills.Theysaidplayingbingo
    orusingaWiigamesconsolealsoaidedrecoveryfromastroke.Theresea
    rchersreportedthatifthetypeoftaskusedfortherehabilitationofmotor
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    elpthoserecoveringfromastroke.Astrokehappenswhenthebloodsup
    plytopartofthebrainiscutoff.Itcanleadtodeathifnottreatedquickly.Fol
    lowingastroke,suffererscanexperienceanumberofphysicalchangess
    uchasdroopingfacemuscles,slurredspeechandalossofstrengthinthe
    armsandlegs.Theresearcherssaiditwasn'tclearwhethervirtualreality
    gamingortraditionalgameshelpedsufferersmore.ResearcherDrGust
    avoSaposniksaid:"Weallliketechnologyandhavethetendencytothink
    thatnewtechnologyisbetterthanold-fashionedstrategies,butsometi
    mesthat'snotthecase.Inthisstudy,wefoundthatsimplerecreationalac
    tivitiesthatcanbeimplementedanywheremaybeaseffectiveastechnol
    ogy."

    Free writing

    Write about card games for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Traditional games are better than computer games. 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 strokes. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CARD GAMES: Make a poster about card games. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. TRADITIONAL GAMES: Write a magazine article about traditional games being better than computer games. Include imaginary interviews with people who agree and disagree with 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 card games. Ask him/her three questions about card games. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to help people who have suffered a stroke. 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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