Health, Fitness and Sport

Conversational English Support Wk 7

Aims and Objectives:

  • Discuss hobbies and their associative environments
  • Illustrate ideas about health matters
  • Develop knowledge of health matters
  • Complete the warm-up task
  • Describe three people fluently
  • Read text aloud and understand its meaning
  • Summarise a passage of text
  • Explain/Identify the significance of the text

Weekly Reading Task...

Caffeine, a naturally occurring chemical stimulant, is a drug and increases concentration and reaction speed. It does this by blocking something called adenosine, a chemical which makes you naturally sluggish and drowsy. When you feel like your mind is racing after one too many espressos, you’re a lot closer to the truth than you might think. It isn’t a new drug either. Though extremely popular in the twenty-first century, the discovery of caffeine’s energy boosting powers had been recorded as early as twelve hundred years ago. Though it didn’t become a British staple until the eighteenth century, coffee has always been a part of mankind’s medical and luxury arsenal.

Like everything, caffeine has its ups and downs. Caffeine, as with other drugs, certainly has its benefits when taken in small doses. Research has suggested that 200mg of caffeine per day (two cups of coffee or tea) can do wonders. It has been found to slow the dementia process in women, preventing cognitive decline. Caffeine also increases the happy hormone (dopamine) in your brain, protecting against Parkinson’s and depression. The same amount of caffeine has also been found to cut the risk of skin cancer by up to twelve percent by working as an anti-oxidant.

But with the sweets comes the sours. Caffeine is a drug and with taking it you run the risk of addiction. Long term side effects of caffeine, if you drink over four cups of coffee or tea a day, can become serious over time.

Extract from:

Spencer, TL (2013) Wake up and smell the herbal teas! [Online] Available at: http://terrispencer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/wake-up-and-smell-herbal-teas.html Accessed: [January 2015]

Caffeine Video Sci Show (2012) What is Caffeine? [Online] Available at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl1XBJLfIDU Accessed: [January 2015]

Aims and Objectives... Achieved!

  • Discuss hobbies and their associative environments
  • Illustrate ideas about health matters
  • Develop knowledge of health matters
  • Complete the necessary warm-up task
  • Describe three people fluently
  • Read text aloud and understand its meaning
  • Summarise a passage of text
  • Explain/Identify the significance of the text

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Three things you have learned...

Two new words for your vocabulary log...

One aspect you were confused with or found especially interesting...