Friday, December 03, 2010

Six Minute English: Why are men the weaker sex?

Hello and welcome to this week's Six Minute English quiz. We're going to discover why men are, in reality, the weaker sex when it comes to health. It 'ties in' - that is to say, it is connected with, some classwork we did recently, in which we examined some of the differences between men and women.

When you have finished the listening exercise, do post your own opinions on the Tag Board (up to 200 characters) or in a Comment (longer messages.)

Before you listen, read these questions:

1. This week's official question:

Compared with the early 1960s, each year, the number of men who enter medical schools in the UK has doubled. But how many women enter medical school each year?

a) About the same number; b) Triple the number; c) Ten-fold (= ten times as many)

You will hear the answer towards the end of the programme. For the next few questions, give an answer in your own words based on what you hear.

2. Why, basically, are men the weaker sex?
3. Men are more likely to ............. and to commit ........... . [give a short answer.]
4. Why didn't Doug return to hospital when he continued to get chest pains?
5. Give some examples of 'lifetsyle choices'.
6. Why do many men fail to consult doctors when, in fact, they are seriously ill?
7. What can be done to change this situation in which men are 'the weaker sex'? Give Peter Baker's two suggestions.

Now listen to the programme. When you have finished, give your answers on the Tag Board or in a comment.

And discuss this question: in your opinion, who are stronger: men or women?

I look forward to answers from absolutely everyone ... and it makes no difference whether or not you are currently studying at the British Council. You are all equally welcome to participate.

Ciao4now!
Mike






7 comments:

Maya said...

Hi Mike!:D
Ok..I'll try!:P

1. This week's official question:Ten-fold

2. Why, basically, are men the weaker sex?
Because women in health are stronger than men.

3. Men are more likely to get
cancer and die and to commit suicide than women

4. Why didn't Doug return to hospital when he continued to get chest pains?
Because he didn’t want to be a burden and a fuss.

5. Give some examples of 'lifetsyle choices':
drinking,smoking an unhealthy diet..

6. Why do many men fail to consult doctors when, in fact, they are seriously ill?
Because they mustn't show vulnerability and it's hard for them to ask for help.

7. What can be done to change this situation in which men are 'the weaker sex'? Give Peter Baker's two suggestions:
Educate and change men's attitudes and make the system much more accessible



...ecco fatto!!
Ciao ciao!:D

Mike said...

I think that's pretty good, Maya!

Let's see who else replies...
Thank you so much for your participation!

Giovanni said...

Hello Mike
Hereafter you can find my answers for you:

1) ten fold
2) They find difficult to ask a medical help when they needed it which can be dangerous
3) Men are more likely to get the cancer and to commit suicide
5) Because he though “I’ve got through that, and so fourth”
6) Drinking and smoking too much. Not getting any exercises or to have an unhealthy diet.
7) The medical system have to be more easy to use and in the meantime the men have to change their attitude (men need to be more aware).

See you

Giovanni

Giovanni said...

ops... I've just reviewed my comment: the correct sentence was:
"I've got through that and so forth". I'm sorry . . .

Maria said...

1. ten fold
2. because women are more strong abaut the health
3. men are likely to get cancer and to commit suicide
4. because he want return to his business and he don't want to be a fuss
5. no smoking, no drinking e doing sport and following a diet
6. because they are afraid to show his vulnerability
7. to educate and change men's attitudes

Mike said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Official answers at the end of this week.

Yours,

Mike

Anonymous said...

FROM FRANCESCO MILEO
Hi Mike!
just few minutes for visite "The Blog" ;-)
you know, I got sick last week and I lose my lesson. So, I am very intersted in this week's Six Minute English quiz.
My answers to your questions.
1. Ten-fold
2. Becouse men find it difficult to ask for medical help when they need it.
3. Men Are more likely to get cancer and to commit suicide.
4. He didn't want to be a fuss or a burder for the hospital worker.
5. They are things we choose to do in life, such as drinking and smoking too much, an unhealthy diet or getting enough exercise.
6. becouse Men believe they mustn't show weakness or vulnerability.
7. We've got to educate men, change men's attitudes, make than more aware. But we've also got to make the medical system much more accessibile.
FRANCESCO MILEO