Sleepy teens

Early classes= sleepy teens

from VOA

Sleepy teen

Listen as you read the article below:

Half of American teenagers don’t get enough sleep on school nights.  They get an average of 60- 90 minutes less than they need, experts say.

One problem is biology.  Teens are programmed to go to sleep later and wake up later than other age groups, but many schools start classes as early as 7:00 a.m.

Many students go to class feeling tired.  One student, Danny, says that getting up in the morning is terrible.  He feels tired.  During his first classes of the day, it’s difficult to stay awake.

Michael Breus is a psychologist.  He’s an expert in sleep problems.  He says that teenagers need eight to ten hours of sleep a night.  He feels that sleepy teens can become depressed.  This can also affect their ability in sports and driving.  Michael Breus says a tired driver, especially a tired teenage driver, is dangerous.

What can schools do?  Psychologists say schools can start classes later in the morning.  Studies show that students’ grades improved by starting classes later.

St. George’s School in Rhode Island wanted to try this.  They started classes just thirty minutes later.

Visits to the health center by tired students decreased by half.  Late arrivals to first period decreased by one/third.  Students felt less sleepy during the day.  The teachers also noticed that students were happier and more awake.

Check your vocabulary :

1- How old are teenagers ?

a– 2 to 5 years old  b– 10 to 12 years old  c– 13 to 17 years old  d– 13 to 19  years old.

2- An expert is someone who  has:

a-skills in a subject  b– lot of training c- enough knowledge   d– diplomas.

3- Biology is  the study of:

a- sport and exrcise  b-the earth  c– chemicals  d– life (body)

4- If someone is depressed they feel :

a- extremely sad   b– happy  c– good   d– sick

Send your answers as a comment .


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9 Responses to Sleepy teens

  1. youssef says:

    2_ b: lot of training
    3_ d- life (body)
    4_a- extremely sad

  2. moad bary says:

    1)-d-13 to 19 years old.
    2)-a-skills in a subject
    3)-d- life (body)
    4)-a- extremely sad

  3. Majda says:

    1-d: 13 to 19 years
    2-b: lot of training
    4-a: extremly sad

  4. Ilham B says:

    2 / a-skills in a subject

  5. azizmoummou says:

    Hi :

    You are doing great job.
    When I said great to Asma it doesn’t mean that all answers are correct. You are trapped guys !!!
    Question number 2 is not correct.


  6. Montassir says:

    1-d: 13 to 19 years
    2-b: lot of training
    4-a: extremly sad

  7. Assmà>N says:

    1-d: 13 to 19 years
    2-b: lot of training
    4-a: extremly sad
    I hope my enswers are right

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