~ Lesson Procedures ~


1) To begin with, as a class, in groups or in pairs study and talk about sections one and two.


2) Then, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about from section one or from more questions.


3) After that, share your ideas in your conversations. Take equal turns.


4) Finally, make your own questions and create discussion.

~ Dialog ~ Topic 18 ~ Growing up: Teenagers ~ Choose the questions you like ~


1)Describe your teenage years. Were you social, lonely, happy, sad, confused, busy?

I was social and confused.  At that age, there are many cliques and social groups.

I didn¡¯t belong to any of them, but I was social anyway. Those were good times.


2) Describe your circle of friends as a teenager. Are you still close with them today?

I had four best friends and we were all inseparable. The other students would mock us,

but we never cared. To this day we meet 3 or 4 times a year, both at home and abroad.


3) Who helped you most when you were a teen? Describe your relationship.

I believe it was my piano teacher. She inspired me to keep taking lessons even when

most of my friends were dropping out. I kept up and to this day I enjoy playing often.


4) Were you ever bullied? If so, how did it affect your personal development?

Yes. I was bullied in elementary school. I don¡¯t know why, but the dominant clique

took a disliking to me. I suppose this experience made me more introspective.


5) Why do teenagers rebel? Is it natural? Is it part of becoming an adult?

I think some teens are naturally wired or forced to break away from their families

in order to become unique individuals. Other teens follow in the footsteps of their family.


6) How old were you when you had your first romantic experience? Tell.

It was the summer before entering middle school. My friend and I arranged a meeting

at a park with two girls from our class. Unfortunately, the girl I liked went with my friend.


7) What is the best advice you could give a teenager growing up in your country?

I would tell them to choose one thing, study it in depth, and don¡¯t give up on it.

With a little luck, this effort will turn to passion and they will attain a proper livelihood.


8) Should teenagers work? Why or why not? Did you work when you were a teen?

Yes. If they can find a job, teens should work. Work is a real-world experience.

The sooner the teens develop a work ethic, the better their lives will become.


9) If you could be a teenager again, would you do anything differently? Describe.

No. I¡¯m happy with my life now, so if I had done something differently back then,

I guess my life may have turned out worse. I wouldn¡¯t want to take the chance.


10) Do you think teenagers in your community show enough respect for adults? Tell.

No. I don¡¯t see young people assisting the elderly, opening doors, or saying hello.

They seem to be occupied with their own devices. I¡¯m worried about this generation.



                        More questions/Free Talk ~ the original 25 questions ~



~ Topic 18 ~ Growing up: Teenagers ~ FooD fOr tHouGHt ~ Internet ~


Adolescence typically describes the years between ages 13 and 19 and can be considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. However, the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence can start earlier, during the preteen or "tween" years (ages 9 through 12).

Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. This transitional period can bring up issues of independence and self-identity; many adolescents and their peers face tough choices regarding school, sexuality, drugs and alcohol, and social life. Peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance tend to naturally increase in perceived importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.

Many of the mental health issues people confront as adults begin to manifest in adolescence. On the flip side, teens can struggle with anxiety, depression, or other forms of distress that are developmentally appropriate but will not necessarily endure. Parents can help by learning how to identify worrying signs and taking a balanced approach to dealing with increasingly independent young people.


The human brain is not fully developed by the time a person reaches puberty. Between the ages of 10 and 25, the brain undergoes changes that have important implications for behavior. The brain reaches 90% of its adult size by the time a person is six years of age. Thus, the brain does not grow in size much during adolescence. However, the creases in the brain continue to become more complex until the late teens. The biggest changes in the folds of the brain during this time occur in the parts of the cortex that process cognitive and emotional information.


While adolescence is a time frequently marked by participation in the workforce, the number of adolescents in the workforce is much lower now than in years past as a result of increased accessibility and perceived importance of formal higher education. For example, half of all 16-year-olds in China were employed in 1980, whereas less than one fourth of this same cohort were employed in 1990.


Wisdom, or the capacity for insight and judgment that is developed through experience, increases between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five, then levels off. Thus, it is during the adolescence-adulthood transition that individuals acquire the type of wisdom that is associated with age. Wisdom is not the same as intelligence: adolescents do not improve substantially on IQ tests since their scores are relative to others in their same age group, and relative standing usually does not change—everyone matures at approximately the same rate in this way.




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