Discuss the following questions with your classmates:
• Do these pictures match your idea of the makeup of the U. S. population?
• Do you think the pictures reflect the racial diversity of the country accurately?
• Do you think there are more old people or young people in the population?
• Do you think more people live in the East or in the West of the country?
Read through the sentences, trying to imagine which words would fit in the blanks. Then listen to a dictation of the full sentences, and write the missing words in the blanks.
1. Most countries take a__________________ every ten years or so
in order to count the people and to know where they are living.
2. A country with a growing population is a country that is becoming more.
3. A person’s_________________ is partly determined by skin color
and type of hair as well as other physical characteristics.
4. The majority of the U. S. population is of European_____________ .
5. The_____________________________________ of a country’s
population gives information about where the people are living.
6. The total population of the United States is___________________
_____________________________________ many different kinds
7. In other words, the population__________________ people of
different races and ages.
8. The average age of the U. S. population, which is a
__________________ large one, has been getting________________
9. areas are more___________________
populated than rural areas. That is, they have more people per square mile.
10. The use of antibiotics has greatly___________________ the
_____________________________________ throughout much of
11. A country whose_____________________________________
is higher than its death rate will have an__________________
12. On the average, women have a higher_________________
__________________ than men do.
Follow-up: Check the spelling of the dictated words with your teacher.
Discuss the meanings of these words and any other unfamiliar words
in the sentences.
Using the photographs and the vocabulary exercise as a starting point,
write three questions that you think will be answered in the lecture.
Examples: • Is the number of minorities increasing or decreasing?
• Why is the average age of the U. S. population increasing?
Follow-up: After you have written your questions, share them with your teacher and your classmates.