The Reading / Listening - Exercise Pill - Level 3

Scientists are working on a new pill that could help people who do no exercise. It could also increase the performance of those who do work out and exercise. The scientists are from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. They are developing a pill that could produce the same benefits to the body that it gets from running. Scientists are testing the pill on mice. It could one day make people healthier. It could give them better stamina, fat loss, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer lifespan – all without doing any exercise. The scientists found that the pill also helped to increase athletic performance in mice by 70 per cent. This could be good news for people who want to run faster and farther.



The scientists looked at what changes in the body when people exercise harder and train or work out longer. Researcher Dr Ronald Evans said: "It's well known that people can improve their aerobic endurance through training. The question for us was: How does endurance work? And…can we replace training with a drug?" The researchers found a chemical that could copy the positive effects of exercise without the need for exercising. The chemical made the body burn fat instead of sugar. Another researcher, Weiwei Fan, said burning fat instead of sugar means: "You can improve endurance to the [same] level as someone in training, without all of the physical effort."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Exercise Pill - Level 0 Exercise Pill - Level 1   or  Exercise Pill - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/05/03/exercise-pill-may-replace-workouts-in-future.html
  • http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/can-you-have-an-exercise-pill-to-avoid-work-outs-ag0517/
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-exercise-in-a-pill-boosts-athletic-percent.html


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. EXERCISE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about exercise. 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?

       scientists / exercise / performance / benefits / testing / mice / stamina / faster /
       changes / work out / improve / aerobic / endurance / drug / chemical / physical

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

3. EXERCISE PILLS: Students A strongly believe exercise pills are a great idea; Students B strongly believe they are a terrible idea.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PILLS: What do you think of these possible future pills? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

Pills to …

Good things

Bad things

Would you take it?

look young

 

 

 

learn more

 

 

 

be taller

 

 

 

sleep longer

 

 

 

lose weight

 

 

 

laugh a lot

 

 

 

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5. PILL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "pill". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. BEST EXERCISE: Rank these with your partner. Put the best exercise at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • dancing
  • shopping
  • weight training
  • aerobics
  • running
  • housework
  • swimming
  • hiking

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A new pill could help people who work out and exercise.     T / F
  2. The new pill gives the body the same benefits it could get from running.  T / F
  3. Scientists have only tested the new pill on monkeys so far.     T / F
  4. The new pill could help people to live longer.     T / F
  5. Scientists looked at what changes in the body because of exercise.     T / F
  6. A researcher wanted to replace a drug with training.     T / F
  7. The researcher found a chemical that made the body burn more sugar.    T / F
  8. Burning more sugar means you can improve your endurance a lot.     T / F

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

  1. help
  2. increase
  3. benefits
  4. stamina
  5. found
  6. changes
  7. improve
  8. replace
  9. instead of
  10. effort
  1. becomes different
  2. energy
  3. work
  4. elevate
  5. substitute
  6. discovered
  7. aid
  8. rather than
  9. advantages
  10. boost

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

  1. a new pill that could help people who
  2. It could also increase the
  3. produce the same benefits to the body that
  4. a longer
  5. increase athletic performance in mice
  6. improve their aerobic endurance
  7. replace training
  8. copy the positive
  9. burning fat
  10. without all of the physical
  1. through training
  2. effort
  3. by 70 per cent
  4. effects of exercise
  5. performance
  6. instead of sugar
  7. lifespan
  8. it gets from running
  9. with a drug
  10. do no exercise

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lifespan
working
produce
news
running
athletic
increase
stamina

Scientists are (1) ____________ on a new pill that could help people who do no exercise. It could also (2) ____________ the performance of those who do work out and exercise. The scientists are from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. They are developing a pill that could (3) ____________ the same benefits to the body that it gets from (4) ____________. Scientists are testing the pill on mice. It could one day make people healthier. It could give them better (5) ____________, fat loss, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer (6) ____________ – all without doing any exercise. The scientists found that the pill also helped to increase (7) ____________ performance in mice by 70 per cent. This could be good (8) ____________ for people who want to run faster and farther.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
longer
instead
drug
effort
changes
level
endurance
effects

The scientists looked at what (9) ____________ in the body when people exercise harder and train or work out (10) ____________. Researcher Dr Ronald Evans said: "It's well known that people can improve their aerobic (11) ____________ through training. The question for us was: How does endurance work? And…can we replace training with a (12) ____________?" The researchers found a chemical that could copy the positive (13) ____________ of exercise without the need for exercising. The chemical made the body burn fat (14) ____________ of sugar. Another researcher, Weiwei Fan, said burning fat instead of sugar means: "You can improve endurance to the [same] (15) ____________ as someone in training, without all of the physical (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Scientists are working on a new pill that could help people who ______
     a.  do non exercise
     b.  do not exercise
     c.  do no exercise
     d.  does no exercise

2)  It could also increase the performance of those who do work ______
     a.  up and exercise
     b.  out and exercise
     c.  in and exercise
     d.  over and exercise

3)  They are developing a pill that could produce ______
     a.  the same benefit
     b.  the same benefits
     c.  the same beneficiary
     d.  the same beneficiaries

4)  a better mood, a healthier heart and a ______
     a.  longish lifespan
     b.  longest lifespan
     c.  longing lifespan
     d.  longer lifespan

5)  This could be good news for people who want to run ______
     a.  faster and father
     b.  faster and further
     c.  faster and furrier
     d.  faster and farther

6)  It's well known that people can improve their ______
     a.  aerobic endurance
     b.  aerobics endurance
     c.  aerobically endurance
     d.  aero bike endurance

7)  How does endurance work? And…can we replace training ______?
     a.  with the drug
     b.  with a drug
     c.  with all drug
     d.  with a drugs

8)  researchers found a chemical that could copy the positive ______
     a.  effect of exercise
     b.  effects of exercise
     c.  affects of exercise
     d.  affect of exercise

9)  The chemical made the body burn fat ______
     a.  instead of sugar
     b.  instead of sugared
     c.  instead of sugary
     d.  instead of sugars

10)  the same level as someone in training, without all of ______
     a.  a physical effort
     b.  the physical effort
     c.  the physicals effort
     d.  the physically effort

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists are working (1) ___________________ that could help people who do no exercise. It could also increase the (2) ___________________ who do work out and exercise. The scientists are from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. They are (3) ___________________ that could produce the same benefits to the body that it gets from running. Scientists are testing (4) ___________________. It could one day make people healthier. It could give them better stamina, fat loss, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer lifespan – all without (5) ___________________. The scientists found that the pill also helped to increase athletic performance in mice by 70 per cent. This could be good news for people who want (6) ___________________ farther.

The scientists (7) ___________________ changes in the body when people exercise harder and train or work out longer. Researcher Dr Ronald Evans said: "It's well known that people (8) ___________________ aerobic endurance through training. The question (9) ___________________: How does endurance work? And…can we replace training with a drug?" The researchers (10) ___________________ that could copy the positive effects of exercise without the need for exercising. The chemical made the body burn (11) ___________________ sugar. Another researcher, Weiwei Fan, said burning fat instead of sugar means: "You can improve endurance to the [same] level as someone in training, (12) ___________________ physical effort."

Comprehension questions

  1. What are scientists working on?
  2. In which American state is this research being done?
  3. What are scientists testing the pill on?
  4. What could the new pill increase the length of?
  5. By how much did the new pill increase athletic performance in mice?
  6. Who is Ronald Evans?
  7. How can people improve their aerobic endurance?
  8. What did researchers find that could copy the positive effects of exercise?
  9. What did a chemical burn in the body instead of sugar?
  10. What does burning fat improve?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What are scientists working on?
a) a desk
b) a pill
c) a scientific theory
d) hot air

2) In which American state is this research being done?
a) North Dakota
b) New Mexico
c) Arkansas
d) California

3) What are scientists testing the pill on?
a) mice
b) a desk
c) a computer
d) a theory

4) What could the new pill increase the length of?
a) mice
b) our nose
c) our lifespan
d) the universe

5) By how much did the new pill increase athletic performance in mice?
a) 60%
b) 70%
c) 50%
d) 89%

6) Who is Ronald Evans?
a) a researcher
b) a mouse
c) the brother of Ronald McDonald
d) an athlete

7) How can people improve their aerobic endurance?
a) through knowing well
b) through understanding
c) by training
d) be being online

8) What did researchers find that could copy the positive effects of exercise?
a) a chemical
b) a photocopying machine
c) a scanner
d) sugar

9) What did a chemical burn in the body instead of sugar?
a) fat
b) protein
c) skin
d) a drug

10) What does burning fat improve?
a) the same level
b) intelligence
c) sugar
d) endurance

Role play

Role  A – Running

You think running is the best exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): housework, dancing or shopping.

Role  B – Housework

You think housework is the best exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): running, dancing or shopping.

Role  C – Dancing

You think dancing is the best exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): housework, running or shopping.

Role  D – Shopping

You think shopping is the best exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  housework, dancing or running.

After reading / listening

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

'exercise'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'pill'.

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

    • looked
    • known
    • how
    • copy
    • burn
    • someone
    • those
    • same
    • day
    • longer
    • found
    • farther




    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 - Exercise pill could replace exercising

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'exercise'?
    3. How much exercise do you do?
    4. Why do some people hate exercise?
    5. What are the benefits of exercise?
    6. Would you stop exercising if you could take a pill instead?
    7. How is your stamina?
    8. What's the best exercise you can do?
    9. What kind of exercise would you like to do?
    10. Why are people who exercise happier?

    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 when you hear the word 'pill'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How does exercise affect our body?
    5. How does exercise affect our mind?
    6. Should there be more exercise at schools?
    7. What other things do you wish pills could do?
    8. What are the bad things about exercising?
    9. What physical condition are you in?
    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)

    Scientists are working (1) ____ a new pill that could help people who do no exercise. It could also (2) ____ the performance of those who do work out and exercise. The scientists are from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. They are developing a pill that could produce the (3) ____ benefits to the body that it gets from running. Scientists are testing the pill (4) ____ mice. It could one day make people healthier. It could give them better stamina, fat loss, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer lifespan – (5) ____ without doing any exercise. The scientists found that the pill also helped to increase athletic performance in mice by 70 per cent. This could be (6) ____ news for people who want to run faster and farther.

    The scientists looked at what changes in the body when people exercise harder and train or work (7) ____ longer. Researcher Dr Ronald Evans said: "It's well known that people can improve their aerobic endurance (8) ____ training. The question for us was: How does endurance work? And…can we replace training (9) ____ a drug?" The researchers found a chemical that could (10) ____ the positive effects of exercise without the need for exercising. The chemical made the body burn fat instead (11) ____ sugar. Another researcher, Weiwei Fan, said burning fat instead of sugar means: "You can improve endurance to the [same] level as someone in training, without all of the (12) ____ effort."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    2. (a)     increases     (b)     increased     (c)     increasing     (d)     increase    
    3. (a)     sample     (b)     same     (c)     similar     (d)     sameness    
    4. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    5. (a)     all     (b)     as     (c)     at     (d)     are    
    6. (a)     good     (b)     goodness     (c)     well     (d)     goodly    
    7. (a)     down     (b)     in     (c)     up     (d)     out    
    8. (a)     through     (b)     though     (c)     thorough     (d)     trough    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     with     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    10. (a)     cop     (b)     copious     (c)     copy     (d)     cope    
    11. (a)     to     (b)     than     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     physics     (b)     physical     (c)     physique     (d)     physicist

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     to the body that it gets from running. Scientists are testing the pill on mice. It could one day make people

    (    )     lifespan – all without doing any exercise. The scientists found that the pill also helped to increase athletic performance in

    (    )     for exercising. The chemical made the body burn fat instead of sugar. Another researcher, Weiwei Fan, said burning

    1  )     Scientists are working on a new pill that could help people who do no exercise. It could also increase the

    (    )     fat instead of sugar means: "You can improve endurance to the [same] level

    (    )     performance of those who do work out and exercise. The scientists are from the Salk Institute for Biological

    (    )     out longer. Researcher Dr Ronald Evans said: "It's well known that people can improve their aerobic

    (    )     as someone in training, without all of the physical effort."

    (    )     endurance through training. The question for us was: How does endurance work? And…can we replace training

    (    )     The scientists looked at what changes in the body when people exercise harder and train or work

    (    )     healthier. It could give them better stamina, fat loss, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer

    (    )     with a drug?" The researchers found a chemical that could copy the positive effects of exercise without the need

    (    )     Studies in California. They are developing a pill that could produce the same benefits

    Put the words in the right order

    1. that   could   help   people   who   do   no   exercise   A   new   pill   .
    2. do   performance   work   of   out   those   Increase   who   the   .
    3. benefits   to   the   body   that   it   gets   from   running   The   same   .
    4. increase   performance   mice   to   athletic   in   Helped   .
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    6. at   body   what   The   changes   scientists   in   looked   the   .
    7. through   endurance   aerobic  their   improve   can   People   training   .
    8. that   the   of  chemical   copy   effects   A   could   positive   exercise   .
    9. instead   The   the   fat   sugar   made   burn   of   chemical   body   .
    10. can   You   level   same   the   to   endurance   improve   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists are working / worked on a new pill that could help people who do no / non exercise. It could also increase the perform / performance of those who do work out and exercise. The scientists are from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. They are developing / development a pill that could produce the same benefits / beneficiary to the body that it gets from running. Scientists are testing the pill of / on mice. It could one day make people healthier. It could give them better stamina, fat lose / loss, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer lifespan – all without / within doing any exercise. The scientists found that the pill also helping / helped to increase athletic performance in mice by 70 per cent. This could be good / goodness news for people who want to run faster and farther.

    The scientists looked at what / that changes in the body when people exercise harder and training / train or work out longer. Researcher Dr Ronald Evans said: "It's well knowing / known that people can improve their aerobic endearing / endurance through training. The question for us was: How does endurance work? And…can we replace / replacement training with a drug?" The researchers found a chemical that could copying / copy the positive effects of exercise without the needy / need for exercising. The chemical made the body burn fat instead than / of sugar. Another researcher, Weiwei Fan, said burning fat instead of sugar meaning / means: "You can improve endurance to the [same] level as someone in training, without all of the physical / physique effort."

    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

    scientists are working on a new pill that could help people who do no exercise it could also increase the performance of those who do work out and exercise the scientists are from the salk institute for biological studies in california they are developing a pill that could produce the same benefits to the body that it gets from running scientists are testing the pill on mice it could one day make people healthier it could give them better stamina fat loss a better mood a healthier heart and a longer lifespan – all without doing any exercise the scientists found that the pill also helped to increase athletic performance in mice by 70 per cent this could be good news for people who want to run faster and farther

    the scientists looked at what changes in the body when people exercise harder and train or work out longer researcher dr ronald evans said "it's well known that people can improve their aerobic endurance through training the question for us was how does endurance work and…can we replace training with a drug" the researchers found a chemical that could copy the positive effects of exercise without the need for exercising the chemical made the body burn fat instead of sugar another researcher weiwei fan said burning fat instead of sugar means "you can improve endurance to the [same] level as someone in training without all of the physical effort"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    se.Itcouldalsoincreasetheperformanceofthosewhodoworkoutandex
    ercise.ThescientistsarefromtheSalkInstituteforBiologicalStudiesinC
    alifornia.Theyaredevelopingapillthatcouldproducethesamebenefitst
    othebodythatitgetsfromrunning.Scientistsaretestingthepillonmice.I
    tcouldonedaymakepeoplehealthier.Itcouldgivethembetterstamina,
    fatloss,abettermood,ahealthierheartandalongerlifespan–allwitho
    utdoinganyexercise.Thescientistsfoundthatthepillalsohelpedtoincre
    aseathleticperformanceinmiceby70percent.Thiscouldbegoodnewsf
    orpeoplewhowanttorunfasterandfarther.Thescientistslookedatwhat
    changesinthebodywhenpeopleexerciseharderandtrainorworkoutlon
    ger.ResearcherDrRonaldEvanssaid:"It'swellknownthatpeoplecanim
    provetheiraerobicendurancethroughtraining.Thequestionforuswas:
    Howdoesendurancework?And…canwereplacetrainingwithadrug?"T
    heresearchersfoundachemicalthatcouldcopythepositiveeffectsofex
    ercisewithouttheneedforexercising.Thechemicalmadethebodyburnf
    atinsteadofsugar.Anotherresearcher,WeiweiFan,saidburningfatinst
    eadofsugarmeans:"Youcanimproveendurancetothe[same]levelass
    omeoneintraining,withoutallofthephysicaleffort."

    Free writing

    Write about exercise pill for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Is a pill that can replace exercise a good thing? What are the pros and cons of this?

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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 this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

    4. EXERCISE PILLS: Write a magazine article about exercise pills. 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 exercise pills. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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