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With Romance, Women Do The Talking (23rd April, 2012)

New research shows that women make mobile phone calls to their husband more than to any other person, until children arrive. Researchers from Britain's Oxford University looked at 1.95 billion cell phone calls and 489 million text messages over a 7-month period. They wanted to find out how close relationships change over the years. They discovered that women call their husband most until their daughter has children. Men phone their wife most just for the first seven years of marriage.

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Head researcher Professor Robin Dunbar told the BBC News what happens in women's lives, according to his research: "What seems to happen is that women push the 'old man' out to become their second-best friend and he gets called much less often. All her attention is then focused on her daughters just [when] you are likely to see grandchildren arriving," he said. Professor Dunbar reported that "men's relationships are too casual" and that after the first seven years of their relationship, men focus on other friends.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

make

a.

has children

2

more than any

b.

mobile phone calls

3.

text

c.

seven years

4.

close

d.

other person

5.

until their daughter

e.

relationships

6.

for the first

f.

messages

 

Paragraph 2

1.

head

a.

casual

2

according to

b.

on other friends

3.

become their second-

c.

attention

4.

All her

d.

researcher

5.

men's relationships are too

e.

his research

6.

men focus

f.

best friend


LISTENING GAP FILL

New research shows that women make mobile phone calls to their husband ____________________ other person, until children arrive. Researchers from Britain's Oxford University looked at ____________________ phone calls and 489 million text messages over ____________________. They wanted to ____________________ relationships change over the years. They discovered that women call their husband most until their ____________________. Men phone their wife most ____________________ seven years of marriage.

Head researcher Professor Robin Dunbar told the BBC News what happens in women's lives, ____________________ research: "What seems to happen is that women push the 'old man' out to become their ____________________ and he gets called much less often. ____________________ is then focused on her daughters just [when] you ____________________ grandchildren arriving," he said. Professor Dunbar reported that "____________________ are too casual" and that ____________________ of their relationship, men focus on other friends.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

New research shows that women (1) ____ mobile phone calls to their husband more than to any other person, (2) ____ children arrive. Researchers from Britain's Oxford University looked at 1.95 billion cell phone calls and 489 million text messages (3) ____ a 7-month period. They wanted to find out how (4) ____ relationships change over the years. They discovered that women (5) ____ their husband most until their daughter has children. Men phone their wife most (6) ____ for the first seven years of marriage.

Head researcher Professor Robin Dunbar told the BBC News what happens in women's (7) ____, according (8) ____ his research: "What seems to happen is that women push the 'old man' out to become their (9) ____-best friend and he gets called much less often. All her attention is then focused          (10) ____ her daughters just [when] you are (11) ____ to see grandchildren arriving," he said. Professor Dunbar reported that "men's relationships are too (12) ____" and that after the first seven years of their relationship, men focus on other friends.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

make

(b)

give

(c)

do

2.

(a)

since

(b)

when

(c)

until

3.

(a)

as

(b)

over

(c)

up

4.

(a)

close

(b)

divorce

(c)

mother

5.

(a)

bill

(b)

call

(c)

bull

6.

(a)

as

(b)

over

(c)

just

7.

(a)

lives

(b)

lifestyles

(c)

living

8.

(a)

to

(b)

of

(c)

at

9.

(a)

two

(b)

pair

(c)

second

10.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

of

11.

(a)

liking

(b)

likely

(c)

likelihood

12

(a)

caused

(b)

casualty

(c)

casual


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

new serhcrae

2.

phone calls to their dshnaub

3.

text sgssaeem

4.

hpstrloesiani change

5.

their hetgduar has children

6.

seven years of rairmega

 

Paragraph 2

7.

rnocgcdai to his research

8.

become their cdenso-best friend

9.

All her tontnaiet

10.

likely to see grandchildren irrignva

11.

too alacus

12.

men ufcso on other friends


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

at 1.95 billion cell phone calls and 489 million text messages over a 7-month period. They wanted to

1  )

New research shows that women make mobile phone calls to their husband more than

(    )

find out how close relationships change over the years. They discovered

(    )

in women's lives, according to his research: "What seems to happen is that women push the 'old man'

(    )

to see grandchildren arriving," he said. Professor Dunbar reported that "men's relationships are too

(    )

casual" and that after the first seven years of their relationship, men focus on other friends.

(    )

to any other person, until children arrive. Researchers from Britain's Oxford University looked

(    )

often. All her attention is then focused on her daughters just [when] you are likely

(    )

their wife most just for the first seven years of marriage.

(    )

Head researcher Professor Robin Dunbar told the BBC News what happens

(    )

that women call their husband most until their daughter has children. Men phone

(    )

out to become their second-best friend and he gets called much less


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

make     their     mobile     husband     phone     calls     Women     to.    

2.

month     period     489     million     text     messages    over     a     7-

3.

close     How     years     the     over     change     relationships.    

4.

that     discovered     They     husband     their     call     women.    

5.

for     of     the     marriage     first     seven     Just     years.    

6.

lives     what     happens     Told     in     the     women's     BBC.    

7.

gets     much     often     He     called     less.    

8.

on     attention     her     is     daughters     then     focused     Her.    

9.

that    casual    men's    relationships    Dunbar    are    reported     too.    

10.

After     of     the     their     first     relationship     seven     years.    


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.

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4.

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5.

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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 phone calls 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. PHONE CALLS: Search the Internet and find more information about phone calls. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about phone calls. Include an imaginary interview with professor Dunbar. 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 mobile-phone-call expert. Ask him/her three questions about phone calls. Give him/her three of your opinions on phone calls. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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