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The First Watch Phone Is Coming

Every time you read a newspaper or look at the TV, there is a new gadget. It’s like science fiction comes true every day. The latest thing is a futuristic watch phone. The electronics company LG teamed up with the British phone company Orange. They will sell a watch phone from August 2009. People can make video calls and listen to mp3s on this new device. They can also turn text into speech. It is sure to be the must-have technology of 2009.

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I’m amazed by new technology. I think companies make great gadgets every year. I think there will soon be a ring phone. Not the sound ring, but the ring you wear on your finger. It would be difficult to put a touchscreen on it. I can’t imagine what we’ll have in the year 2099. It will be e-everything. There will be e-toys, e-cars and even e-people. Everything will be tiny. Maybe we will need thick glasses to see the controls.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Every time you read

a.

true every day

2

science fiction comes

b.

video calls

3.

The latest thing is a futuristic

c.

phone company Orange

4.

LG teamed up with the British

d.

a newspaper

5.

People can make

e.

of 2009

6.

the must-have technology

f.

watch phone

 

Paragraph 2

1.

I’m amazed

a.

great gadgets

2

companies make

b.

be tiny

3.

the ring you

c.

we’ll have in the year 2099

4.

I can’t imagine what

d.

by new technology

5.

Everything will

e.

glasses to see

6.

we will need thick

f.

wear on your finger


LISTENING GAP FILL

Every time you read a newspaper __________________ TV, there is a new gadget. It’s like science fiction __________________ day. The __________________ futuristic watch phone. The electronics company LG __________________ the British phone company Orange. They will sell a watch phone from August 2009. People can __________________ and listen to mp3s on this new device. They can also turn text into speech. It is sure to __________________ technology of 2009.

__________________ technology. I think companies make great gadgets every year. I think __________________ a ring phone. Not the sound ring, but the ring you wear on your finger. It would __________________ a touchscreen on it. I can’t imagine __________________ the year 2099. It will be e-everything. There will be e-toys, e-cars __________________. Everything will be tiny. Maybe we will need thick glasses __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Every time you read a newspaper or look (1) ____ the TV, there is a new gadget. It’s like science fiction comes (2) ____ every day. The latest thing is a futuristic watch phone. The electronics company LG teamed (3) ____ with the British phone company Orange. They will sell a watch phone from August 2009. People can (4) ____ video calls and listen to mp3s on this new device. They can also turn text into speech. It is sure to be the must-(5) ____ technology of 2009.

I’m (6) ____ by new technology. I think companies make great gadgets every year. I think there will soon be a ring phone. Not the (7) ____ ring, but the ring you wear on your finger. It would be difficult to put a touchscreen on it. I can’t (8) ____ what we’ll have in the year 2099. It will be e-everything. There will be e-toys, e-cars and (9) ____ e-people. Everything will be tiny. Maybe we will need       (10) ____ glasses to see the controls.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

in

(b)

with

(c)

at

2.

(a)

truly

(b)

true

(c)

truth

3.

(a)

up

(b)

down

(c)

on

4.

(a)

ring

(b)

make

(c)

call

5.

(a)

have

(b)

be

(c)

do

6.

(a)

amazing

(b)

amazed

(c)

amazes

7.

(a)

sounds like

(b)

soundly

(c)

sound

8.

(a)

imagines

(b)

imagination

(c)

imagine

9.

(a)

even

(b)

evenly

(c)

ever

10.

(a)

sick

(b)

tick

(c)

thick


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

read a epawesrpn

2.

a new edggta

3.

seceicn fiction

4.

electronics naympoc

5.

etsnil to mp3s

6.

turn text into pceshe

 

Paragraph 2

7.

I’m zaadme by new technology

8.

the ring you wear on your rginef

9.

I can’t gaeimni

10.

Everything will be yint

11.

citkh glasses

12.

see the csonrolt


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

speech. It is sure to be the must-have technology of 2009.

(    )

up with the British phone company Orange. They will sell a watch phone from August 2009. People can make

(    )

I’m amazed by new technology. I think companies make great gadgets every

(    )

fiction comes true every day. The latest thing is a futuristic watch phone. The electronics company LG teamed

(    )

on your finger. It would be difficult to put a touchscreen on it. I can’t imagine what we’ll have in

(    )

the year 2099. It will be e-everything. There will be e-toys, e-cars and even

1  )

Every time you read a newspaper or look at the TV, there is a new gadget. It’s like science

(    )

e-people. Everything will be tiny. Maybe we will need thick glasses to see the controls.

(    )

video calls and listen to mp3s on this new device. They can also turn text into

(    )

year. I think there will soon be a ring phone. Not the sound ring, but the ring you wear


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

read     newspaper     Every     you     a     time.    

2.

fiction     true     day     Science     comes     every.    

3.

with     the     LG     British     teamed     phone     up     company.    

4.

on     mp3s     to     Listen     device     new     this.    

5.

must     The     2009     of     technology     have     -.    

6.

I’m     technology     new     by     amazed.    

7.

gadgets     year     Companies     great     every     make.    

8.

you     ring     The     finger     your     on     wear.    

9.

what     year     we’ll     2099     have     in     Imagine     the.    

10.

glasses     the     We     thick     see     need     to     controls     will.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about watch phones for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about the watch phone. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about watch phones. Include imaginary interviews with people who think they are a good and bad idea. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the boss of the watch phone company. Ask him/her three questions about watch phones. Give him/her three of your opinions on watch phones. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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