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.