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U.S. Mothers Older and Better Educated (6th May, 2010)

A new survey has found American mothers are changing. They are older and better educated than they were 20 years ago. The Pew Research Center interviewed 1,000 mothers. It says more women are going to college and leaving it later to have children. The researchers also discovered that 41 per cent of births are outside of marriage. Other statistics show big changes in U.S. society. In 1990, one in 11 new mothers was over 35; today, that figure is one in seven. In 1990, 41 percent of mothers had a college education; today, it is 71 percent.

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The world is changing quickly. People from 100 years ago would be shocked. The family is also becoming very different. Women in all rich countries are choosing to marry later. Many women do not want to get married at all. Today’s women say they want to have fun before starting a family. Women who go to college often say their career is more important than having children. Is this a good or bad thing? Maybe it will reduce overpopulation in the world. No one really knows yet how this will change the world.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

American mothers

a.

1,000 mothers

2

The Pew Research Center interviewed

b.

of marriage

3.

leaving it later

c.

big changes

4.

41 per cent of births are outside

d.

in seven

5.

Other statistics show

e.

are changing

6.

today, that figure is one

f.

to have children

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The world is changing

a.

reduce overpopulation

2

choosing

b.

knows yet

3.

Today’s women say they want

c.

to marry later

4.

their career is more important

d.

quickly

5.

Maybe it will

e.

to have fun

6.

No one really

f.

than having children


LISTENING GAP FILL

A ______________________ American mothers are changing. They are older and better ______________________ were 20 years ago. The Pew Research Center interviewed 1,000 mothers. It says more women are going to college ______________________ to have children. The researchers also discovered that 41 per cent of births ______________________ marriage. Other statistics show big changes in U.S. society. In 1990, ______________________ mothers was over 35; ______________________ one in seven. In 1990, 41 percent of mothers had a college education; today, it is 71 percent.

The world ______________________. People from 100 years ago would be shocked. The family is also becoming very different. Women in all rich countries are ______________________ later. Many women do not want to ______________________. Today’s women say they want to have fun before starting a family. Women ______________________ often say their career is more important than having children. Is this a good or bad thing? Maybe it will ______________________ in the world. No one really knows ______________________ change the world.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A new survey (1) ____ found American mothers are changing. They are older and better educated than they were 20 years ago. The Pew Research Center interviewed 1,000 mothers. It (2) ____ more women are going to college and leaving it later to have children. The researchers also discovered that 41 per cent of births are (3) ____ of marriage. Other statistics show big changes in U.S. society. In 1990, one in 11 new mothers (4) ____ over 35; today, that figure is one in seven. In 1990, 41 percent of mothers had a college education; today, (5) ____ is 71 percent.

The world is changing quickly. People from 100 years ago (6) ____ be shocked. The family is also becoming very different. Women in all rich countries are (7) ____ to marry later. Many women do not want to get married (8) ____ all. Today’s women say they want to have fun before starting a family. Women who go to college (9) ____ say their career is more important than having children. Is this a good or bad thing? Maybe it will reduce overpopulation in the world. No one really knows (10) ____ how this will change the world.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

have

(b)

having

(c)

has

2.

(a)

saying

(b)

says

(c)

say

3.

(a)

outside

(b)

outdoors

(c)

outer

4.

(a)

were

(b)

be

(c)

was

5.

(a)

they

(b)

it

(c)

these

6.

(a)

would

(b)

will

(c)

were

7.

(a)

choice

(b)

choosing

(c)

chose

8.

(a)

by

(b)

from

(c)

at

9.

(a)

over

(b)

off

(c)

often

10.

(a)

yet

(b)

still

(c)

already


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A new seyrvu

2.

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3.

vlniaeg it later

4.

births are sioduet of marriage

5.

big hsacgne in U.S. society

6.

that regufi is one in seven

 

Paragraph 2

7.

changing lcikyqu

8.

becoming very neiertfdf

9.

rntsagit a family

10.

their erarec is more important

11.

rdueec overpopulation

12.

No one alylre knows


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

very different. Women in all rich countries are choosing to marry later. Many women do not want to get

(    )

say their career is more important than having children. Is this a good or bad thing? Maybe it will

1  )

A new survey has found American mothers are changing. They are older and better educated than they were

(    )

married at all. Today’s women say they want to have fun before starting a family. Women who go to college often

(    )

outside of marriage. Other statistics show big changes in U.S. society. In 1990, one in 11 new mothers was over

(    )

reduce overpopulation in the world. No one really knows yet how this will change the world.

(    )

35; today, that figure is one in seven. In 1990, 41 percent of mothers had a college education; today, it is 71 percent.

(    )

The world is changing quickly. People from 100 years ago would be shocked. The family is also becoming

(    )

20 years ago. The Pew Research Center interviewed 1,000 mothers. It says more women are going to

(    )

college and leaving it later to have children. The researchers also discovered that 41 per cent of births are


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

ago     they     were     Better     20     educated     years     than.    

2.

going     says     to     more     college     women     are     It.    

3.

outside     cent     are     marriage     per     births     of     41     of.    

4.

in     changes     big     show     statistics     Other     society     .     U.S.    

5.

is     Today     one     ,     in     that     seven     figure.    

6.

be     100     shocked     years     ago     People     would     from.     

7.

family     The     different     very     becoming     also     is.    

8.

married    at    all    Many    women    do    not    want    to    get.   

9.

starting     family     Have     before     a     fun.    

10.

really     one     No     yet     knows.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about motherhood for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. MOTHERHOOD: Search the Internet and find more information about motherhood. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about motherhood. Include imaginary an interview with a very young mother and an older mother. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the head researcher. Ask him/her three questions about the survey. Give him/her three of your opinions on motherhood. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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