E-learning jako vzdělávací nástroj školy 3. tisíciletí

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TV and children – Reading and speaking

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research = výzkum

urge =  naléhat, vybízet

rate = míra, tempo, výskyt

develop = vyvinout, rozvinout

condition = stav, podmínka, zdravotní potíže

suggestion = návrh, náznak

indicate = naznačovat, být známkou něčeho

wealth = bohatství, záplava

sedentary = sedavý

1 Read the following article from The Sun and answer the following questions:

1 What should parents do according to experts?

2 What is said about Britain in the article?

3 What children are in the biggest danger to get asthma?

4 Is it sure that too much of watching TV causes asthma?

Health Editor

Published: 03 Mar 2009

CHILDREN who watch TV for two hours a day DOUBLE their risk of developing asthma, a major study shows.

And experts last night reacted to the research by urging parents to get their kids playing outside more often.

Britain has one of Europe's highest childhood asthma rates, and some forms of the condition are made worse by inactivity.

The study of 3,000 11-year-olds found that those who had watched two hours of TV each day from the age of three or four were twice as likely to develop asthma. Six per cent of children who had no symptoms of asthma at the age of three-and-a-half had developed the condition at 11.

Experts said there was no suggestion that watching TV causes asthma, but the Glasgow University study did indicate how much time kids spend sitting down instead of running around.

Dr Elaine Vickers of Asthma UK said there was a wealth of evidence linking lack of exercise with asthma.

She added: "This study is the first to directly link sedentary behaviour at a very young age to a higher risk of asthma. 

2 Speaking:

  • How did you like the article?
  • It is an article from a tabloid. Do you read tabloids? Do you believe the information presented there?
  • What do you think of watching TV (too much)?
  • Do you watch TV a lot?
  • Are you active in your free time? What do you do? How do you spend your pastime?
  • You read about the situation in Britain. Is the situation in the Czech Republic better?
  • Why do children spend so much time watching TV or playing PC games?
  • Do you know the expression „couch potato“? Explain it in English.
  • What other effects (besides the risk of asthma) do you think watching TV or playing PC games have on our health?


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