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Teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash, according to a new study. The Highway Safety Association (HSA) in the USA found that teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers. Teens aged 18 to 19 are the likeliest to be in a fatal crash. They are in more deadly car collisions than even 15- to 17-year-old drivers. The HSA said recent figures show an increase in teen driver deaths for the first time since 2006. HSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins said: "This report drives home the message that there is still much to do to reduce teen driver fatal crashes and the resulting deaths." He added: "The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and [we] are keeping a watchful eye."



The HSA has been working with the Ford motor company in a special Driving Skills for Life program. This first launched in the USA and has since expanded to 35 countries worldwide. It helps new drivers recognize road hazards and teaches them how to be safer drivers. Jim Graham, Global Manager for the Driving Skills for Life program, said: "Smart programs that focus on teen driving behavior have been very successful in helping novice and younger drivers be safer on the roads, but we still have more to do." The greatest chance of crashing is in the first six months after teens get their license. It's understandable why parents worry so much about their teen passing their driving test.

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Sources
  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2016/10/16/older-teen-drivers-involved-in-more-fatal-crashes-than-younger-onesdeaths-spiked-10-report-finds/
  • http://www.ctvnews.ca/autos/teen-drivers-are-still-the-most-at-risk-of-crashing-study-1.3117748
  • http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2016/10/16/parents-key-reducing-teen-drivers-chances-being-crash/92226200/


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. TEEN DRIVERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about teen drivers. 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?

       teenagers / crash / study / drivers / fatal / crash / collisions / message / concerning /
       motor company / special / program / worldwide / behavior / novice / driving test

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

3. 21: Students A strongly believe no one should be allowed to drive before they are 21; Students B strongly believe people should be allowed to drive from 16. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. ROAD SAFETY: How can these things help with road safety? Would they work in your country? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Drive from 21 years old
  • More police patrols
  • Big speeding fines
  • More speed bumps
  • Radar and CCTV cameras
  • Cars with small engines
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5. DRIVE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "drive". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. RISKY: Rank these with your partner. Put the riskiest things to do in a car at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • tailgating
  • not indicating
  • no seatbelt
  • drink driving
  • speeding
  • using mobile phone
  • driving while tired
  • running a red light

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A study from the WHO found teen drivers were the most dangerous.     T / F
  2. Teens aged 15 to 17 are the most likely to crash.     T / F
  3. The number of teen driver deaths is going down.     T / F
  4. A road safety group said there was still a lot of work to do with teens.     T / F
  5. A US driving skills program is used in 35 countries around the world.     T / F
  6. The driving skills program has been very successful.     T / F
  7. The riskiest time for new teen drivers is their second year of driving.     T / F
  8. It's easy to understand why parents of teen drivers worry.     T / F

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

  1. likely
  2. found
  3. fatal
  4. reduce
  5. concerning
  6. launched
  7. expanded
  8. novice
  9. chance
  10. passing
  1. grown
  2. worrying
  3. possibility
  4. discovered
  5. lower
  6. probable
  7. getting through
  8. started
  9. deadly
  10. learner

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

  1. Teenage drivers are still the most
  2. according
  3. teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be
  4. This report drives home the message that
  5. we are keeping a watchful
  6. expanded to
  7. It helps new drivers recognize road
  8. helping novice and
  9. the first six months after teens
  10. It's understandable why
  1. in a traffic accident
  2. parents worry so much
  3. there is still much to do
  4. younger drivers
  5. to a new study
  6. hazards
  7. get their license
  8. likely to crash
  9. eye
  10. 35 countries worldwide

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
collisions
according
message
adult
eye
likely
fatal
increase

Teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash, (1) ____________ to a new study. The Highway Safety Association (HSA) in the USA found that teen drivers are 1.6 times more (2) ____________ to be in a traffic accident than (3) ____________ drivers. Teens aged 18 to 19 are the likeliest to be in a fatal crash. They are in more deadly car (4) ____________ than even 15- to 17-year-old drivers. The HSA said recent figures show an (5) ____________ in teen driver deaths for the first time since 2006. HSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins said: "This report drives home the (6) ____________ that there is still much to do to reduce teen driver (7) ____________ crashes and the resulting deaths." He added: "The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and [we] are keeping a watchful (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
focus
launched
chance
test
working
license
hazards
novice

The HSA has been (9) ____________ with the Ford motor company in a special Driving Skills for Life program. This first (10) ____________ in the USA and has since expanded to 35 countries worldwide. It helps new drivers recognize road (11) ____________ and teaches them how to be safer drivers. Jim Graham, Global Manager for the Driving Skills for Life program, said: "Smart programs that (12) ____________ on teen driving behavior have been very successful in helping (13) ____________ and younger drivers be safer on the roads, but we still have more to do." The greatest (14) ____________ of crashing is in the first six months after teens get their (15) ____________. It's understandable why parents worry so much about their teen passing their driving (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash, ______ study
     a.  accord in to a new
     b.  accordion to a new
     c.  accordance to a new
     d.  according to a new

2)  teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be ______ accident
     a.  on the traffic
     b.  in a traffic
     c.  in a traffics
     d.  on a traffic

3)  They are in more deadly car collisions than even 15- to 17-______
     a.  years-old drivers
     b.  year-older drivers
     c.  year-old drivers
     d.  year-old driver

4)  Adkins said: "This report drives home the message that there is ______."
     a.  still much to done
     b.  still much too do
     c.  still many to do
     d.  still much to do

5)  The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and [we] are keeping ______
     a.  a watchful eye
     b.  a watchful ear
     c.  a watchful lip
     d.  a watchful brow

6)  working with the Ford motor company in a special Driving Skills ______
     a.  four Life program
     b.  for Life program
     c.  for Live program
     d.  for Life problem

7)  This first launched in the USA and has since ______ countries
     a.  expended to 35
     b.  expansion to 35
     c.  expand it to 35
     d.  expanded to 35

8)  It helps new drivers recognize ______
     a.  load hazardous
     b.  roads hazards
     c.  road hazards
     d.  load hazards

9)  Smart programs that focus on teen driving behavior have been ______
     a.  very successful
     b.  very successfully
     c.  very success full
     d.  very success fall

10)  parents worry so much about their teen ______ driving test
     a.  passes in their
     b.  passed in their
     c.  passing them
     d.  passing their

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Teenage drivers are (1) ___________________ likely to crash, according to a new study. The Highway Safety Association (HSA) in the USA found that teen drivers are 1.6 (2) ___________________ to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers. Teens aged 18 to 19 are the likeliest to be in a fatal crash. They are in more deadly (3) ___________________ than even 15- to 17-year-old drivers. The HSA said recent figures (4) ___________________ in teen driver deaths for the first time since 2006. HSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins said: "This report drives home the message that (5) ___________________ much to do to reduce teen driver fatal crashes and the resulting deaths." He added: "The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and [we] are keeping (6) ___________________."

The HSA has been working with the Ford motor company (7) ___________________ Driving Skills for Life program. This first launched in the USA and has (8) ___________________ to 35 countries worldwide. It helps new drivers recognize road hazards and (9) ___________________ to be safer drivers. Jim Graham, Global Manager for the Driving Skills for Life program, said: "Smart programs (10) ___________________ teen driving behavior have been very successful in helping novice and younger drivers be safer on the roads, but we (11) ___________________ to do." The greatest chance of crashing is in the first six months after teens get their license. It's understandable why parents (12) ___________________ about their teen passing their driving test.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where was it reported about teenage drivers?
  2. How much more likely are teen drivers to crash than adult drivers?
  3. Who is more likely to crash than 15-to-17-year-old drivers?
  4. Who is Jonathan Adkins?
  5. What is Jonathan Adkins keeping on the increase in teen driver crashes?
  6. Which car company is helping the HSA? 
  7. How many countries does the Driving Skills for Life program work in? 
  8. Who has the Driving Skills for Life program been successful in helping?   
  9. When is the greatest chance of teens crashing?   
  10. Who worries about teens passing their driving test?  




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where was it reported about teenage drivers?
a) in a study
b) in a newspaper
c) on TV
d) the radio

2) How much more likely are teen drivers to crash than adult drivers?
a) 61 times
b) 6.1 times
c) 1.6 times
d) 16 times

3) Who is more likely to crash than 15-to-17-year-old drivers?
a) 14-15-years-olds
b) 18-19-years-olds
c) 20-21-years-olds
d) 81-91-years-olds

4) Who is Jonathan Adkins?
a) the boss of a motor company
b) a teen driver
c) a car racing driver
d) an HSA spokesperson

5) What is Jonathan Adkins keeping on the increase in teen driver crashes?
a) a watchful eye
b) the Internet
c) his car
d) pressure

6) Which car company is helping the HSA?
a) Rolls Royce
b) Ferrari
c) Toyota
d) Ford

7) How many countries does the Driving Skills for Life program work in?
a) 34
b) 35
c) 36
d) 37

8) Who has the Driving Skills for Life program been successful in helping?
a) F1 drivers
b) disabled drivers
c) elderly drivers
d) novice drivers

9) When is the greatest chance of teens crashing?
a) at night
b) while they are learning
c) within 6 months of getting a
    license
d) the first week

10) Who worries about teens passing their driving test?
a) teens
b) parents
c) the police
d) the HSA

Role play

Role A —Speeding

You think speeding is the riskiest thing to do while driving. Tell the others three reasons why. Also, tell the others which is the least risky of these (and why) and what punishment people should get: tailgating, no seatbelt or using a mobile phone.

Role B —Tailgating

You think tailgating is the riskiest thing to do while driving. Tell the others three reasons why. Also, tell the others which is the least risky of these (and why) and what punishment people should get: speeding, no seatbelt or using a mobile phone.

Role C —No seatbelt

You think no seatbelt is the riskiest thing to do while driving. Tell the others three reasons why. Also, tell the others which is the least risky of these (and why) and what punishment people should get: tailgating, speeding or using a mobile phone.

Role D —Using a mobile phone

You think using a mobile phone is the riskiest thing to do while driving. Tell the others three reasons why. Also, tell the others which is the least risky of these (and why) and what punishment people should get:  tailgating, no seatbelt or speeding.

After reading / listening

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

'teenage'

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  • and 'driver'.

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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:

    • working
    • 35
    • teaches
    • focus
    • safer
    • test
    • according
    • 1.6
    • 19
    • 2006
    • reduce
    • eye




    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 - Teen drivers most at risk of crashing

    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 'crash'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. When is the best age for people to start driving?
    5. Should there be an age limit for old people to stop driving?
    6. What is traffic safety like in your country?
    7. What do you think of teen drivers?
    8. What can we do to reduce the number of crashes involving teens?
    9. Why do teenagers have more traffic accidents than adults?
    10. Why might the number of fatal crashes be increasing?

    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 the speed limits in your country?
    3. What should the penalties be for dangerous driving?
    4. What do the police in your country do to keep the roads safe?
    5. What are the most dangerous things teen drivers do?
    6. What advice do you have for new teen drivers?
    7. What do you think the driving skills program will teach?
    8. What kind of driver are you?
    9. Would you worry about your teenager passing their driving test?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a road safety expert?

    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)

    Teenage drivers are (1) ____ the most likely to crash, according (2) ____ a new study. The Highway Safety Association (HSA) in the USA found that teen drivers are 1.6 times more (3) ____ to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers. Teens aged 18 to 19 are the likeliest to be in a (4) ____ crash. They are in more deadly car collisions than even 15- to 17-year-old drivers. The HSA said recent figures show an increase in teen driver deaths for the first time (5) ____ 2006. HSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins said: "This report drives home the message that there is still much to do to reduce teen driver fatal crashes and the resulting deaths." He added: "The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and [we] are keeping a (6) ____ eye."

    The HSA has been working with the Ford motor company in a special Driving Skills for Life program. This first (7) ____ in the USA and has (8) ____ expanded to 35 countries worldwide. It helps new drivers recognize road hazards and teaches them how to be safer drivers. Jim Graham, Global Manager for the Driving Skills for Life program, said: "Smart programs that focus (9) ____ teen driving behavior have been very successful (10) ____ helping novice and younger drivers be safer on the roads, but we (11) ____ have more to do." The greatest chance of crashing is in the first six months after teens get their license. It's understandable why parents worry so much about their teen (12) ____ their driving test.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     still     (b)     motion     (c)     quiet     (d)     unmoving    
    2. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     liking     (b)     likes     (c)     likely     (d)     likeable    
    4. (a)     fatalism     (b)     fatally     (c)     fatalist     (d)     fatal    
    5. (a)     since     (b)     fro     (c)     by     (d)     for    
    6. (a)     watching     (b)     watchful     (c)     watch     (d)     watched    
    7. (a)     powered     (b)     fired     (c)     ejected     (d)     launched    
    8. (a)     from     (b)     since     (c)     for     (d)     by    
    9. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    10. (a)     out     (b)     in     (c)     from     (d)     in    
    11. (a)     however     (b)     motion     (c)     quite     (d)     still    
    12. (a)     driving     (b)     passing     (c)     speeding     (d)     colliding

    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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    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

    teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash according to a new study the highway safety association (hsa) in the usa found that teen drivers are 16 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers teens aged 18 to 19 are the likeliest to be in a fatal crash they are in more deadly car collisions than even 15- to 17-year-old drivers the hsa said recent figures show an increase in teen driver deaths for the first time since 2006 hsa spokesman jonathan adkins said "this report drives home the message that there is still much to do to reduce teen driver fatal crashes and the resulting deaths" he added "the increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and [we] are keeping a watchful eye"

    the hsa has been working with the ford motor company in a special driving skills for life program this first launched in the usa and has since expanded to 35 countries worldwide it helps new drivers recognize road hazards and teaches them how to be safer drivers jim graham global manager for the driving skills for life program said "smart programs that focus on teen driving behavior have been very successful in helping novice and younger drivers be safer on the roads but we still have more to do" the greatest chance of crashing is in the first six months after teens get their license it's understandable why parents worry so much about their teen passing their driving test

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    tfiguresshowanincreaseinteendriverdeathsforthefirsttimesince200
    6.HSAspokesmanJonathanAdkinssaid:"Thisreportdriveshomethem
    essagethatthereisstillmuchtodotoreduceteendriverfatalcrashesand
    theresultingdeaths."Headded:"Theincreaseinteendriverfatalcrashe
    sisconcerningand[we]arekeepingawatchfuleye."TheHSAhasbeenw
    orkingwiththeFordmotorcompanyinaspecialDrivingSkillsforLifeprog
    ram.ThisfirstlaunchedintheUSAandhassinceexpandedto35countrie
    sworldwide.Ithelpsnewdriversrecognizeroadhazardsandteachesthe
    mhowtobesaferdrivers.JimGraham,GlobalManagerfortheDrivingSki
    llsforLifeprogram,said:"Smartprogramsthatfocusonteendrivingbeh
    aviorhavebeenverysuccessfulinhelpingnoviceandyoungerdriversbe
    saferontheroads,butwestillhavemoretodo."Thegreatestchanceofcra
    shingisinthefirstsixmonthsafterteensgettheirlicense.It'sunderstand
    ablewhyparentsworrysomuchabouttheirteenpassingtheirdrivingtes
    t.

    Free writing

    Write about teen drivers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    No one should drive until they are 21. 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 teen drivers. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. TEEN DRIVERS: Make a poster about teen drivers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. 21: Write a magazine article about people not being allowed to drive until they are 21. 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 teen drivers. Ask him/her three questions about road safety. Give him/her three of your ideas on how teens can drive more safely. 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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