This week we talked a bit about the fountain of youth and longevity. What will our world be like now that people are living longer? What can you do to increase your lifespan? As always, there are many things you can do to extend our class work. Check out some of the links below!
There are several listening options adapted to learners such as the article Blood Tests Predict When You Will Die (mp3 and transcript). The TED talk How To Live to be 100+ is quite fascinating, and like all TED talks is available with interactive transcript and subtitles in both English in Spanish. For something more difficult, explore the New York Times interactive Secrets of the Centenarians.
You can get an idea of your own life expectancy by using the Living to 100 Calculator. Learners may find interest in the articles Running Increases Life Expectancy or Slow Aging. For original version reading, try the story 'Doctor Heidegger's Experiment' by classic American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. You also have the change to listen along at different speeds.
Imagine yourself as a centenarian on your 100th birthday. What do you think your life will be like? Or, if you prefer creative writing, imagine that you are immortal. How would your life and choices be different? Write a short text or story.