Calling all ages


According to a new survey by insurance company Aviva, the best age to be is 35. The survey asked over 2,000 adults what age they rated the highest as well as what they had hoped to achieve by then. Unsurprisingly milestones like buying a house, meeting a partner and having children all featured whilst the best at work was deemed as yet to come with those surveyed expecting to reach the peak of their career at 39.

Do your students agree with the survey? Why not take your own class survey, getting students to design the questions around the theme of age. A few example questions might be:

1. What do you think is the best age to be?

2. What makes something a ‘good’ age to be?

3. What did you want to achieve by the time you were: 20, 30, 40 etc?

Get them to come up with questions in pairs and then agree as a class on a final list of ten questions. Get everyone in the class to respond to the questions individually and then as a class compile results, putting them all up on the board. With young learners you might want to create a poster of the results to display in class. To round off the class you could spend the final ten minutes listening to these classic songs about age.

My generation, The Who

When I’m 64, The Beatles


Forever young, Alphaville

For homework or to pick up where you left off next class, why not carry on the age theme with these activities on Macmillan English Campus:

Are young people too selfish to have children? In this English for Academic Purposes (EAP) listening activity you hear students in a seminar discussing why birth rates are falling in developing countries. You identify the techniques of persuasion used in each of four extracts from the seminar.

Caring for the elderly In this two-part English for Academic Purposes (EAP) reading activity, you read three short texts from different genres. For the first task, you identify each text type and choose a suitable heading. For the second, you select the features you would expect to see in a journal abstract.

The old man who became a primary school pupil This news item is about the film The First Grader. It is the true story of Maruge, a man who started primary school at the age of eighty-four.

Future problems when society gets old before it gets rich This news item is aboutChina’s ageing population and the problems this could cause in the future.






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