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Facebook Lite: Slimmer and Easier to Use

Facebook has introduced a new version of its social networking site. It’s called Facebook Lite. It is slimmer and thinner than the older Facebook. This is good news for people with slow Internet speeds. Furthermore, Lite does not have hundreds of services like the older Facebook has, so it is easier to use. Industry experts say Facebook introduced Lite to compete with Twitter. Users can share posts in real time – the same as Twitter. Unfortunately, for the moment, it is only available to people in the USA and India.

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I think this new Facebook site is a great idea. I got a little fed up with the old site. There were too many games and other applications on it. This meant sometimes things took forever to load. I agree with what reporters are saying about Facebook Lite. It is beginning to look like Twitter. I think I’ll switch to using Lite. It’s simple and I like simple. PC World magazine says it’s thin, and that “thin is in”. I agree. I wonder why companies prefer to use the new spelling ‘lite’ instead of the usual spelling ‘light’. Maybe the older spelling will disappear.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a new version of its social

a.

in real time

2

slimmer and thinner than

b.

compete with Twitter

3.

Lite does not have hundreds

c.

people in the USA

4.

Facebook introduced Lite to

d.

networking site

5.

Users can share posts

e.

of services

6.

only available to

f.

the older Facebook

 

Paragraph 2

1.

I got a little fed

a.

forever to load

2

sometimes things took

b.

in

3.

It is beginning to

c.

will disappear

4.

thin is

d.

the new spelling

5.

companies prefer to use

e.

up with the old site

6.

Maybe the older spelling

f.

look like Twitter


LISTENING GAP FILL

Facebook has introduced a new ________________ social networking site. It’s called Facebook Lite. It is slimmer and ________________ older Facebook. This is good news for people with slow Internet speeds. Furthermore, Lite does not have hundreds of services ________________ Facebook has, so it is ________________. Industry experts say Facebook introduced Lite ________________ Twitter. Users can share posts in real time – the same as Twitter. Unfortunately, for the moment, it ________________ to people in the USA and India.

I think this new Facebook site is a great idea. I ________________ with the old site. There were too many games and other applications on it. This meant sometimes things took ________________. I agree with what reporters are saying about Facebook Lite. It is beginning to look like Twitter. I think I’ll switch to using Lite. It’s ________________ like simple. PC World magazine says it’s thin, and ________________. I agree. I wonder why companies ________________ new spelling ‘lite’ instead of the usual spelling ‘light’. ________________ spelling will disappear.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Facebook has (1) ______ a new version of its social networking site. It’s called Facebook Lite. It is slimmer and thinner than the older Facebook. This is good news for people with (2) ______ Internet speeds. Furthermore, Lite does not have hundreds of (3) ______ like the older Facebook has, so it is easier to use. Industry experts say Facebook introduced Lite to compete with Twitter. Users can share posts (4) ______ real time – the same as Twitter. Unfortunately, for the moment, it is only available (5) ______ people in the USA and India.

I think this new Facebook site is a great idea. I got a little fed (6) ______ with the old site. There were too many games and other applications on it. This (7) ______ sometimes things took forever to load. I agree with what reporters are saying about Facebook Lite. It is beginning to look (8) ______ Twitter. I think I’ll switch to using Lite. It’s simple and I like simple. PC World magazine says it’s thin, and that “thin is (9) ______”. I agree. I wonder why companies prefer to use the new spelling ‘lite’ instead of the  (10) ______ spelling ‘light’. Maybe the older spelling will disappear.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

introduction

(b)

introduces

(c)

introduced

2.

(a)

well

(b)

good

(c)

best

3.

(a)

serviced

(b)

service

(c)

services

4.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

to

5.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

by

6.

(a)

up

(b)

on

(c)

to

7.

(a)

meaning

(b)

meant

(c)

means

8.

(a)

likes

(b)

likely

(c)

like

9.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

an

10.

(a)

usually

(b)

usual

(c)

use


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a new eosnriv

2.

aloisc networking site

3.

slow Internet esdspe

4.

Industry xsepret

5.

share spots in real time

6.

livableaa to people in the USA

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a rtage idea

8.

things took eorverf to load

9.

what reoesrprt are saying

10.

I like ilpmes

11.

companies prreef to use the new spelling

12.

the older spelling will aeidpaprs


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

to use the new spelling ‘lite’ instead of the usual spelling ‘light’. Maybe the older spelling will disappear.

(    )

of services like the older Facebook has, so it is easier to use. Industry experts say Facebook introduced Lite to

(    )

simple. PC World magazine says it’s thin, and that “thin is in”. I agree. I wonder why companies prefer

(    )

saying about Facebook Lite. It is beginning to look like Twitter. I think I’ll switch to using Lite. It’s simple and I like

(    )

many games and other applications on it. This meant sometimes things took forever to load. I agree with what reporters are

1  )

Facebook has introduced a new version of its social networking site. It’s called Facebook Lite. It is slimmer and thinner

(    )

compete with Twitter. Users can share posts in real time – the same as Twitter. Unfortunately, for the

(    )

than the older Facebook. This is good news for people with slow Internet speeds. Furthermore, Lite does not have hundreds

(    )

I think this new Facebook site is a great idea. I got a little fed up with the old site. There were too

(    )

moment, it is only available to people in the USA and India.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

of     its     A     social     new     networking     version     site.    

2.

Good     slow     news     Internet     for     speeds     people     with.    

3.

Twitter     with     compete     to     Lite     introduced     Facebook.    

4.

time     real     in     posts     share     can     Users.    

5.

available     in     only     people     USA     is     to     the     It.    

6.

I     think     this     new     Facebook     site     is     a     great     idea.    

7.

the     old     site     I     got     a     little     fed     up     with.    

8.

load     Sometimes     took     to     things     forever.    

9.

i’ll     think     I     Lite     using     to     switch.    

10.

spelling     new     the     use     to     prefer     Companies.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about Facebook Lite 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 Facebook Lite. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Facebook Lite. Include imaginary interviews with one person who thinks Facebook is best and another person who thinks Twitter is best. 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 owner of Facebook. Ask him/her three questions about Facebook Lite. Give him/her three of your opinions on Facebook and other social networking sites. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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