The Reading / Listening - Older Mothers - Level 0

Children of older mothers grow up happier. They have fewer behavioural, social and emotional problems. A researcher said older mothers are more flexible and more easy-going. They do not shout at or hit their children so much. He said this means children grow up in a better world.



Older mothers worry less when pregnant. They are happier about having children. This means they are more caring. They also have good relationships, more money and a better education. Children of older mothers have better language skills. Maybe older mothers spend more time with their children and talk to them more.

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Sources
  • http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20170323/older-mothers-may-raise-better-behaved-kids-study-suggests
  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17405629.2016.1266248?journalCode=pedp20
  • http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170323/Children-born-to-older-mothers-are-at-an-advantage-report-researchers.aspx


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Children
  2. grow
  3. social
  4. emotional
  5. older mothers are more
  6. more easy-
  7. shout at or
  8. grow up in
  1. a better world
  2. and emotional
  3. flexible
  4. hit their children
  5. of older mothers
  6. problems
  7. up happier
  8. going

Paragraph 2

  1. Older mothers worry
  2. They are happier about
  3. This means they
  4. They also have good
  5. more
  6. a better
  7. better language
  8. spend more time
  1. money
  2. are more caring
  3. skills
  4. education
  5. less
  6. with their children
  7. having children
  8. relationships

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Children of older mothers (1) ___________________ happier. They have fewer behavioural, (2) ___________________ emotional problems. A (3) ___________________ older mothers are (4) ___________________ and more easy-going. They do not (5) ___________________ their children so much. He said this means children grow (6) ___________________ world.

Older mothers (7) ___________________ pregnant. They are (8) ___________________ having children. This means (9) ___________________ caring. They also have good relationships, more money (10) ___________________ education. Children of older mothers have better (11) ___________________. Maybe older mothers spend more time with their children and talk (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Childrenofoldermothersgrowuphappier.Theyhavefewerbehavioural
,socialandemotionalproblems.Aresearchersaidoldermothersaremor
eflexibleandmoreeasy-going.Theydonotshoutatorhittheirchildrens
omuch.Hesaidthismeanschildrengrowupinabetterworld.Oldermoth
ersworrylesswhenpregnant.Theyarehappierabouthavingchildren.T
hismeanstheyaremorecaring.Theyalsohavegoodrelationships,more
moneyandabettereducation.Childrenofoldermothershavebetterlan
guageskills.Maybeoldermothersspendmoretimewiththeirchildrenan
dtalktothemmore.

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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