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May 25, 2011 at 01:02 PM

People Who Live the Longest

Levels

Good beginner up

Lead-in

Some people live for a hundred years or even more. Many of these live in either the Mediterranean region, or in parts of rural Japan, and Russia. What is their secret? Here is a simple activity I used in order to get people thinking.

Activity A

Give the pupils the following sentence: "People who live the longest normally ...". They must write down several reasons explaining why they think some people live to a very old age. Each student must write down at least two reasons which complete the sentence. The teacher collects all the scraps of paper. My students came up with the following:

People who live the longest normally...

  • Live in the country
  • Are thin
  • Don't eat much meat
  • Exercise a lot
  • Don't have any stress
  • Don't smoke
  • Have children
  • Feel young at heart
  • Drink good wine
  • Walk a lot in the mountains
  • Eat good food are somewhat selfish
  • Are active
  • Take care of their health
  • Don't abuse anything
  • Are married

Activity B: Pros and cons of what was said.

This part of the class is dedicated to what I did in my class: debate the pros and cons of what the students have just said and written. The students can even talk about very old grandparents they have, maybe telling the rest of the class something about the former's lifestyle.

Activity C: Aspects of being old.

A brainstorming-type activity aimed at getting the student to think, to say anything at all about the above heading. (If the class is composed of any retired person, you would have to be tactful). My students said the following:

  • More confident
  • Quieter
  • Experienced
  • Take more tablets
  • Wear more wigs
  • Have more grey hair
  • More wrinkles
  • More nephews and nieces
  • Spend less money
  • Save more money
  • Read the death columns more
  • Listen to opera and classical music

As I say, be careful-and positive! Some of the above could definitely be removed from a definitive version on old folk.

(Optional) Activity D

In this part of class get the pupils to make a list of what retired people can do to pass time. My students came up with:

  • Painting classes
  • Walking
  • Reading
  • and others

You can also ask the students if they are afraid of, or if they ever think about, old age. What do they expect to feel like? What will they do? How do they see themselves when old? And so on.