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Baldness Cure “On Sale Within 5 Years” (22nd March, 2012)

A cream or lotion to stop men going bald could be on sale in the next five years. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA have found the reason why so many men lose their hair. It is because of a protein in the scalp that creates baldness – it stops hair from growing. Drugs that can block the protein are already available, which means companies could soon start making the hair-loss cure. Scientists say it could even make new hair start to grow on a bald head.

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The possible cure could change the life of many men worried about being bald. It would also do away with the need for wigs or expensive hair transplants. The study’s lead researcher Dr George Cotsarelis said: “Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men. By the age of 50, about 50 per cent of men will have some degree of…baldness. By the age of 70, 70 per cent have it.” He added: “There is a large number of people who would rather have hair than not [have it].”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

A cream

a.

many men lose their hair

2

on sale in

b.

on a bald head

3.

the reason why so

c.

the next five years

4.

it stops hair

d.

block the protein

5.

Drugs that can

e.

or lotion

6.

make new hair start to grow

f.

from growing

Paragraph 2

1.

men worried about being

a.

of hair loss

2

do away with the

b.

bald

3.

hair

c.

rather have hair

4.

the most common type

d.

need for wigs

5.

men will have some degree

e.

transplants

6.

a large number of people who would

f.

of…baldness


LISTENING GAP FILL


A cream __________________ men going bald could be on sale in the next five years. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA have __________________ so many men lose their hair. It is because of a protein in the scalp that __________________ – it stops hair from growing. Drugs that can __________________ are already available, which means companies could soon start making __________________. Scientists say it could even make new hair start to grow __________________.
The possible cure __________________ life of many men worried about being bald. It would also __________________ the need for wigs or expensive __________________. The study’s lead researcher Dr George Cotsarelis said: “Male pattern baldness is the __________________ of hair loss in men. By the age of 50, about 50 per cent of men will have some __________________. By the age of 70, 70 per cent have it.” He added: “There is a large number of people who __________________ hair than not [have it].”


MULTIPLE CHOICE


A cream or (1) ____ to stop men going bald could be on sale (2) ____ the next five years. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA have found the reason (3) ____ so many men lose their hair. It is because of a protein in the scalp that creates baldness – it stops hair (4) ____ growing. Drugs that can block the protein (5) ____ already available, which means companies could soon start making the hair-loss cure. Scientists say it could (6) ____ make new hair start to grow on a bald head.
The possible cure could change the (7) ____ of many men worried about being bald. It would also (8) ____ away with the need for wigs or expensive hair transplants. The study’s lead researcher Dr George Cotsarelis said: “Male pattern baldness is the most common (9) ____ of hair loss in men. By the age of 50, about 50 per cent of men will have (10) ____ degree of…baldness. (11) ____ the age of 70, 70 per cent have it.” He added: “There is a large number of people who would (12) ____ have hair than not [have it].”
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

lotion

(b)

motion

(c)

potion

2.

(a)

on

(b)

at

(c)

in

3.

(a)

which

(b)

why

(c)

when

4.

(a)

from

(b)

by

(c)

is

5.

(a)

is

(b)

was

(c)

are

6.

(a)

even

(b)

ever

(c)

eve

7.

(a)

living

(b)

lively

(c)

life

8.

(a)

do

(b)

make

(c)

give

9.

(a)

typo

(b)

typical

(c)

type

10.

(a)

many

(b)

some

(c)

all

11.

(a)

For

(b)

By

(c)

As

12

(a)

prefer

(b)

rather

(c)

instead


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A ecamr or lotion

2.

found the esrnoa why

3.

It is uacbese of a protein

4.

already laavaelib

5.

taeecrs baldness

6.

spcaionem could soon start

 

Paragraph 2

7.

The speiolbs cure

8.

ewdrori about being bald

9.

wigs or expensive hair spatntsrnal

10.

the most mocnom type

11.

some eeedgr of baldness

12.

people who would hreart have hair


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

number of people who would rather have hair than not [have it].”

(    )

even make new hair start to grow on a bald head.

1  )

A cream or lotion to stop men going bald could be on sale in the next

(    )

growing. Drugs that can block the protein are already available, which means

(    )

transplants. The study’s lead researcher Dr George Cotsarelis said: “Male pattern baldness is the most common

(    )

The possible cure could change the life of many men worried about

(    )

degree of…baldness. By the age of 70, 70 per cent have it.” He added: “There is a large

(    )

companies could soon start making the hair-loss cure. Scientists say it could

(    )

five years. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA have found the reason why so

(    )

type of hair loss in men. By the age of 50, about 50 per cent of men will have some

(    )

many men lose their hair. It is because of a protein in the scalp that creates baldness – it stops hair from

(    )

being bald. It would also do away with the need for wigs or expensive hair


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

men     or     stop     bald     cream     to     going     A     lotion.    

2.

men     hair     reason     many     their     The     so     lose     why.    

3.

that     protein     creates     in     baldness     the     scalp     A.    

4.

already    Drugs    block    are    can    protein    available    that     the.    

5.

head     Make     new     hair     start     to     grow     on     a     bald.    

6.

the     many     possible     change     of     The     could     life     cure.    

7.

wigs     for     need     the     with     away     Do.    

8.

hair     men     most     of     in     The     type     loss     common.    

9.

baldness     50%     of     men     will     have     some     degree     of.    

10.

rather     hair     People     would     have     who.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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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 baldness 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. BALDNESS: Search the Internet and find more information about baldness. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about a man who hates being bald. Include an imaginary interview with him. 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 a baldness expert. Ask him/her three questions about baldness. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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