Reading Silently vs. Following Along
We are going to ask you to read a text about different and somewhat sensational treatments in alternative medicine. Please read the directions and then do part1 and part2. When you have finished, please answer the question at the ending. Please write your answer as a comment to this post.
Part I: Read the first part of the text to yourself. While you are reading, try to think of the answer to the following questions:
- Where in the West are alternative medicines particulary popular?
- What is a colonic?
Please follow along while we read the text. While you read and listen to the text, try to think of the answer to the following questions.
- What does Eastern medicine generally focus on and what does Western medicine generally focus on?
- What should you do before spending your money on the latest treatment in alternative medicine?
Please click on the link here to listen to the text. After clicking on the link, if you receive a download window, click "open" and wait for your computer to open the sound file (It might take a couple of minutes.) Make sure to read the text while you listen to it. If the sound file automatically opens in a new window, make sure to view this page so you can read the text while you listen:(V)o￥o(V)
TEXT: Another popular therapy is fasting. People who fast check themselves into a fasting clinic and have nothing but water for seven to ten days. They claim that fasting cleans and energies the entire body. Some even claim that fasting can cure serious diseases. The “grape fast,” which involves eating nothing but dark grapes for seven days, is used widely in Russia as part of a treatment program for cancer.Alternative therapies such as these are finally gaining acceptance in the mainstream medical establishment. Several American universities, including the Harvard School of Medicine, offer courses and degrees in alternative therapies, herbal medicines, and nutritional therapy.The more progressive schools teach what is called “The New Medicine.” This is a combination of Eastern and Western medical practices.The Eastern side of “The New Medicine” focuses on prevention and treating the causes of disease. The Western side focuses on symptoms and pain.Skeptics, however, remind us that many alternative and new therapies have never been thoroughly tested. Some treatments are not as effective as promised. And some are even dangerous. Some herbal medicines, widely believed to be safe, can even be deadly if not used properly. Before spending your money on the latest treatment, consult your doctor and do a little research. So how about it? A colonic, anyone?
Answer to Comprehension Questions for Part II
Question: Was it easier for you to understand the text reading on your own or was it easier for you to understand the text following along while someone else read it? Why? Please write your answer as a comment to this post. This text was taken from Charles M .Knudsen (2003) . STRANGER THAN FICTION.NAN ' UN - DO, p.14