The Reading / Listening - Level 3

Many people have a food allergy to things like eggs and peanuts. An allergy to peanuts can be deadly. However, researchers from Imperial College London say that feeding eggs and peanuts to babies may stop them getting allergies when they are older. The researchers looked at 146 different studies about when children first ate eggs and peanuts. The studies involved more than 200,000 children. The researchers found that if babies aged between 4-to-6 months old ate eggs, they were 40 per cent less likely to get an egg allergy than children who ate eggs later in life. Babies aged four-to-11 months old who ate things like peanut butter were 70 per cent less likely to develop an allergy to peanuts.



Researcher Robert Boyle said egg and peanut allergies were the two most common childhood food allergies. Dr Boyle advised parents to be careful when feeding babies eggs and nuts. He said babies should never have whole nuts because they might choke. They should also only have smooth and not crunchy peanut butter. Other common food allergies are to soy, wheat, sesame, fish and seafood. The researchers say giving these foods to babies one at a time before they become a year old may protect them from allergies. Parents should check their baby's health after each new food. They also say that more research should be done to find the best ages to start feeding eggs and peanuts to babies.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/giving-babies-eggs-and-peanuts-may-prevent-later-allergies-to-those-foods/2016/09/23/7fdaa018-810b-11e6-b002-307601806392_story.html
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/introducing-peanuts-and-eggs-early-in-life-might-lead-to-less-allergies
  • http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/eating-eggs-and-peanuts-early-may-reduce-allergies/


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. ALLERGIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about allergies. 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?

       food / allergy / deadly / peanuts / eggs / researchers / studies / babies / likely /
       common / childhood / parents / careful / peanut butter / seafood / health / best age

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

3. DUST: Students A strongly believe a dust allergy is worse than an egg allergy; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. ALLERGENS: What would life be like if you were allergic to these things? What would you do? Discuss with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Computers
  • Chocolate
  • Shopping malls
  • Paper
  • Flowers
  • Plastic
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5. EGG: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "egg". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. ALLERGIC: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst things to be allergic to at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • penicillin
  • chocolate
  • dogs
  • fish
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • dust
  • pollen

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says most people are allergic to eggs or peanuts.     T / F
  2. Researchers looked at 146 different studies.     T / F
  3. Researchers looked at data on just fewer than 200,000 children.     T / F
  4. Babies who ate eggs were 70% less likely to get an egg allergy.     T / F
  5. Egg allergies are one of the most common food allergies for children.     T / F
  6. A doctor said it was OK for babies to each crunchy peanut butter.     T / F
  7. Being allergic to soy is quite common.     T / F
  8. Researchers want to find out the best age to give eggs to babies.     T / F

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

  1. like
  2. deadly
  3. stop
  4. likely
  5. develop
  6. common
  7. only
  8. protect
  9. check
  10. feeding
  1. probable
  2. just
  3. look at
  4. lethal
  5. safeguard
  6. such as
  7. giving
  8. get
  9. prevent
  10. usual

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

  1. Many people have a food allergy to things
  2. An allergy to peanuts
  3. stop them getting allergies
  4. The studies involved more
  5. they were 40 per cent less
  6. the two most common childhood
  7. Dr Boyle advised parents
  8. babies should never have whole nuts because
  9. protect them
  10. more research should
  1. when they are older
  2. be done
  3. likely
  4. to be careful
  5. like eggs and peanuts
  6. they might choke
  7. can be deadly
  8. food allergies
  9. than 200,000 children
  10. from allergies

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
getting
likely
deadly
studies
less
things
aged
involved

Many people have a food allergy to (1) ____________ like eggs and peanuts. An allergy to peanuts can be (2) ____________. However, researchers from Imperial College London say that feeding eggs and peanuts to babies may stop them (3) ____________ allergies when they are older. The researchers looked at 146 different (4) ____________ about when children first ate eggs and peanuts. The studies (5) ____________ more than 200,000 children. The researchers found that if babies aged between 4-to-6 months old ate eggs, they were 40 per cent less (6) ____________ to get an egg allergy than children who ate eggs later in life. Babies (7) ____________ four to 11 months old who ate things like peanut butter were 70 per cent (8) ____________ likely to develop an allergy to peanuts.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
choke
time
done
careful
feeding
most
crunchy
check

Researcher Robert Boyle said egg and peanut allergies were the two (9) ____________ common childhood food allergies. Dr Boyle advised parents to be (10) ____________ when feeding babies eggs and nuts. He said babies should never have whole nuts because they might (11) ____________. They should also only have smooth and not (12) ____________ peanut butter. Other common food allergies are to soy, wheat, sesame, fish and seafood. The researchers say giving these foods to babies one at a (13) ____________ before they become a year old may protect them from allergies. Parents should (14) ____________ their baby's health after each new food. They also say that more research should be (15) ____________ to find the best ages to start (16) ____________ eggs and peanuts to babies.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Many people have a food allergy to things ______ peanuts
     a.  likes eggs and
     b.  liked eggs and
     c.  like eggs and
     d.  likely eggs and

2)  An allergy to peanuts can ______
     a.  be deadly
     b.  be dead
     c.  be deathly
     d.  be deader

3)  researchers looked at 146 different studies about when children ______
     a.  firstly ate eggs
     b.  first eaten eggs
     c.  first to ate eggs
     d.  first ate eggs

4)  they were 40 per cent less likely to get an egg allergy than children who ate ______
     a.  eggs later in life
     b.  eggs latest in living
     c.  eggs lately in life
     d.  eggs later in living

5)  70 per cent less likely to develop an ______
     a.  allergic to peanuts
     b.  allergen to peanuts
     c.  allergy to peanuts
     d.  allergies to peanuts

6)  egg and peanut allergies were the two most common ______
     a.  child's hood food allergies
     b.  childhood food allergies
     c.  children hood food allergies
     d.  child hoodie food allergies

7)  He said babies should never have whole nuts because ______
     a.  they might choke
     b.  they might chokes
     c.  they might choked
     d.  they might choking

8)  Other common food allergies are to soy, wheat, sesame, ______
     a.  fishy and seafood
     b.  fish and sea's food
     c.  fishy and sea's food
     d.  fish and seafood

9)  Parents should check their baby's health ______ food
     a.  after whole new
     b.  after every new
     c.  after each new
     d.  after each newly

10)  They also say that more research should be done to ______ ages
     a.  find a best
     b.  fund the beast
     c.  fund the best
     d.  find the best

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many people have a food allergy (1) ___________________ eggs and peanuts. An allergy to peanuts can be deadly. However, researchers from Imperial College London (2) ___________________ eggs and peanuts to babies may (3) ___________________ allergies when they are older. The researchers looked at 146 different studies about when children first ate eggs and peanuts. The studies (4) ___________________ 200,000 children. The researchers found that if babies aged between 4-to-6 months old ate eggs, they were 40 per cent less (5) ___________________ egg allergy than children who ate eggs later in life. Babies aged four-to-11 months old who ate things like peanut butter were 70 per cent less likely (6) ___________________ allergy to peanuts.

Researcher Robert Boyle said egg and peanut allergies (7) ___________________ common childhood food allergies. Dr Boyle advised parents to (8) ___________________ feeding babies eggs and nuts. He said babies should never have whole nuts because they might choke. They should (9) ___________________ smooth and not crunchy peanut butter. Other common food allergies are to soy, wheat, sesame, fish and seafood. The researchers say giving these foods to babies (10) ___________________ before they become a year old (11) ___________________ from allergies. Parents should check their baby's health after each new food. They also say that more research should be done to find the (12) ___________________ start feeding eggs and peanuts to babies.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say an allergy to peanuts can be?
  2. How many different studies did the researchers look at?
  3. How many children's data did the researchers look at?
  4. How much less likely to get an egg allergy were babies who ate eggs?
  5. How much less likely to get a peanut allergy were babies who ate peanuts?
  6. What are the two most common childhood food allergies?
  7. What might happen if babies eat whole nuts?
  8. What kind of peanut butter did a doctor say babies should eat?
  9. How should parents give babies food they might be allergic to?
  10. What thing did the researchers say needed to be done more?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say an allergy to peanuts can be?
a) eggy
b) deadly
c) on a list
d) a thing

2) How many different studies did the researchers look at?
a) 143
b) 144
c) 145
d) 146

3) How many children's data did the researchers look at?
a) over 200,000
b) just less than 200,000
c) exactly 200,000
d) around 200,000

4) How much less likely to get an egg allergy were babies who ate eggs?
a) 64%
b) 46%
c) 40%
d) 70%

5) How much less likely to get a peanut allergy were babies who ate peanuts?
a) 46%
b) 70%
c) 40%
d) 64%

6) What are the two most common childhood food allergies?
a) fish and seafood
b) soy and wheat
c) eggs and peanuts
d) bananas and grapefruit

7) What might happen if babies eat whole nuts?
a) they will get an allergy
b) their teeth will grow faster
c) they will be strong
d) they might choke

8) What kind of peanut butter did a doctor say babies should eat?
a) smooth
b) salty
c) crunchy
d) low fat

9) How should parents give babies food they might be allergic to?
a) one at a time
b) quickly
c) with a spoon
d) through a straw

10) What thing did the researchers say needed to be done more?
a) ageing
b) research
c) eating
d) feeding

Role play

Role A — Eggs

You think eggs are the worst things to be allergic to. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): dust, penicillin or dogs.

Role B — Dust

You think dust is the worst thing to be allergic to. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): eggs, penicillin or dogs.

Role C — Penicillin

You think penicillin is the worst thing to be allergic to. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): dust, eggs or dogs.

Role D — Dogs

You think dogs are the worst things to be allergic to. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): dust, penicillin or eggs.

After reading / listening

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

'food'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'allergy'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • most
    • careful
    • whole
    • soy
    • protect
    • best
    • deadly
    • older
    • 146
    • 200,000
    • 40
    • 70




    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 - Giving babies peanuts and eggs may avoid allergies

    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 'allergy'?
    3. Why does the body get allergies?
    4. Are you allergic to anything?
    5. What do you think about what you read?
    6. What do you think of eggs and peanuts?
    7. What do you think of giving peanuts to babies?
    8. What would be the worst allergies to have?
    9. What would an allergy to technology be like?
    10. What can people do to reduce the effects of allergies?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What would you do if you had an allergy to dust?
    3. What do you think of the researcher's advice to parents?
    4. How difficult is life for people with allergies?
    5. What do you know about hay fever (the allergy to pollen)?
    6. How will scientists end all allergies?
    7. What do you know about asthma?
    8. What would it be like to be allergic to chocolate?
    9. How many different things can people be allergic to?
    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)

    Many people have a food allergy (1) ____ things like eggs and peanuts. An allergy to peanuts can be deadly. However, researchers from Imperial College London say that (2) ____ eggs and peanuts to babies may stop them getting allergies when they are older. The researchers looked (3) ____ 146 different studies about when children first (4) ____ eggs and peanuts. The studies involved more than 200,000 children. The researchers found that if babies aged between 4-to-6 months old ate eggs, they were 40 per cent less likely to get an egg allergy than children (5) ____ ate eggs later in life. Babies aged four to 11 months old who ate things like peanut butter were 70 per cent less likely (6) ____ develop an allergy to peanuts.

    Researcher Robert Boyle said egg and peanut allergies were the two (7) ____ common childhood food allergies. Dr Boyle (8) ____ parents to be careful when feeding babies eggs and nuts. He said babies should never have (9) ____ nuts because they might choke. They should also only have smooth and not crunchy peanut butter. Other (10) ____ food allergies are to soy, wheat, sesame, fish and seafood. The researchers say giving these foods to babies one at a time before they become a year old may protect them (11) ____ allergies. Parents should check their baby's health after each new food. They also say that more research should be (12) ____ to find the best ages to start feeding eggs and peanuts to babies.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     to     (b)     too     (c)     two     (d)     thru    
    2. (a)     feeds     (b)     fed     (c)     feeding     (d)     feed    
    3. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    4. (a)     eating     (b)     eats     (c)     eaten     (d)     ate    
    5. (a)     who     (b)     that     (c)     what     (d)     whom    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     many     (b)     much     (c)     must     (d)     most    
    8. (a)     advice     (b)     advised     (c)     advises     (d)     advising    
    9. (a)     hole     (b)     whole     (c)     holy     (d)     holed    
    10. (a)     typically     (b)     all     (c)     every     (d)     common    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     from    
    12. (a)     had     (b)     done     (c)     taken     (d)     ground

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    many people have a food allergy to things like eggs and peanuts an allergy to peanuts can be deadly however researchers from imperial college london say that feeding eggs and peanuts to babies may stop them getting allergies when they are older the researchers looked at 146 different studies about when children first ate eggs and peanuts the studies involved more than 200000 children the researchers found that if babies aged between 4-to-6 months old ate eggs they were 40 per cent less likely to get an egg allergy than children who ate eggs later in life babies aged four to 11 months old who ate things like peanut butter were 70 per cent less likely to develop an allergy to peanuts

    researcher robert boyle said egg and peanut allergies were the two most common childhood food allergies dr boyle advised parents to be careful when feeding babies eggs and nuts he said babies should never have whole nuts because they might choke they should also only have smooth and not crunchy peanut butter other common food allergies are to soy wheat sesame fish and seafood the researchers say giving these foods to babies one at a time before they become a year old may protect them from allergies parents should check their baby's health after each new food they also say that more research should be done to find the best ages to start feeding eggs and peanuts to babies

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    bedonetofindthebestagestostartfeedingeggsandpeanutstobabies.

    Free writing

    Write about food allergies for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Having an egg allergy is worse than having an allergy to dust. 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 peanut and egg allergies. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. ALLERGIES: Make a poster about allergies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. BABIES: Write a magazine article about giving peanuts to babies. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    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 health. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how people can stay healthier. 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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