|Book by Lisa Arai|
Most of their pregnancies are unplanned. They take mothers with babies who are six months old but they’ll take them earlier if there are exceptional circumstances. They try and encourage the girls to study maths, English and science, and they have to do child development. They get very good results. Holidays are when trouble starts. Sometimes the girls are alone and have very little support. These are probably the only girls in the country who can’t wait for holidays to finish and to get back to school.
Colors, 48: February-March 2002, p. 5.
I. Answer the following questions using your own words
a. What is the Riverside Young Mothers’ Unit?
b. Why do these young mothers have problems during the holidays?
II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)?
- a. There are more pregnant teenagers in the UK than in Spain: True
- b. All pregnant girls in the UK attend special schools: False
III. Find a word or expression in the text which, in context, is similar in meaning to:
- a. The period of time during which a woman is developing her child in her uterus: Pregnancy
- b. To return: To get back
IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct1. These pregnant teenagers…
- a) never abandon school.
- b) very often abandon school.
- c) rarely abandon school.
2. The Riverside Young Mothers’ Unit was originally created for…
- a) eighteen mothers.
- b) nine mothers.
- c) nine mothers and eighteen mothers-to-be.
3. The Riverside Young Mothers’ Unit offers…
- a) only education.
- b) free education and two buses.
- c) education, a nursery and transport.
4. The Riverside Young Mothers’ Unit…
- a) only accepts mothers with babies who are 6 months old.
- b) accepts mothers of all ages.
- c) usually accepts mothers with babies who are 6 months old.