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Google to Give Free Wi-fi at Airports (11th November, 2009)

Google is giving U.S. air passengers a holiday present of free Internet services. The offer is for travellers who fly from 47 American airports between November 17th and January 15th. Google also said it would provide the Internet on Virgin Atlantic flights over the holiday season. Many people think Google is being very generous. However, computer experts warn people to be careful. A wireless connection is very convenient, but it is also dangerous. It is easy for hackers to steal data from computers that are not password protected.

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What Google is doing is what the world will be like soon. One day, there will be free Internet connections everywhere in the world. People will not have to pay for the Internet. That will change how we live. Everyone will be connected all the time. This is a great thing. We will have information at our fingertips any time we need it. It’s difficult to imagine how this will change our world. Our lives will be quite different. Maybe students will study at home, with the teacher on a video screen and their classmates as avatars. All of this change will be very exciting.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

air

a.

connection

2

The offer is

b.

protected

3.

over the holiday

c.

steal data

4.

A wireless

d.

passengers

5.

easy for hackers to

e.

season

6.

password

f.

for travellers

 

Paragraph 2

1.

what the world will be

a.

our fingertips

2

pay

b.

imagine

3.

information at

c.

screen

4.

Everyone will be

d.

like soon

5.

difficult to

e.

connected

6.

video

f.

for the Internet


LISTENING GAP FILL

Google is giving U.S. air passengers a holiday _______________ Internet services. _______________ travellers who fly from 47 American airports between November 17th and January 15th. Google _______________ would provide the Internet on Virgin Atlantic flights over the holiday season. Many people think Google _______________ generous. However, computer experts warn people to be careful. A wireless connection _______________, but it is also dangerous. It is easy for hackers _______________ computers that are not password protected.

What Google is doing is what the world _______________. One day, there will be free Internet connections everywhere in the world. People will _______________ for the Internet. That will change how we live. Everyone will be connected all the time. This is a great thing. We will have information _______________ any time we need it. It’s difficult to imagine _______________ our world. Our lives will be quite different. Maybe students will study at home, with the teacher _______________ and their classmates as avatars. _______________ will be very exciting.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Google is giving U.S. (1) ____ passengers a holiday present of free Internet services. The offer is for travellers who (2) ____ from 47 American airports between November 17th and January 15th. Google also said it would provide the Internet on Virgin Atlantic flights (3) ____ the holiday season. Many people think Google is being very generous. However, computer experts warn people to be (4) ____. A wireless connection is very convenient, but it is also dangerous. It is easy for (5) ____ to steal data from computers that are not password protected.

What Google is doing is what the world will be like (6) ____. One day, there will be free Internet connections everywhere in the world. People will not have to (7) ____ for the Internet. That will change how we live. Everyone will be connected all the (8) ____. This is a great thing. We will have information at our fingertips any time we need it. It’s difficult to imagine how this will change our world. Our lives will be (9) ____ different. Maybe students will study at home, with the teacher on a video screen and their classmates (10) ____ avatars. All of this change will be very exciting.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

air

(b)

fair

(c)

hair

2.

(a)

flyer

(b)

flew

(c)

fly

3.

(a)

under

(b)

over

(c)

around

4.

(a)

careful

(b)

cared

(c)

careless

5.

(a)

hacker

(b)

hacked

(c)

hackers

6.

(a)

soon

(b)

soonish

(c)

sooner

7.

(a)

paid

(b)

pay

(c)

pays

8.

(a)

timely

(b)

timing

(c)

time

9.

(a)

quit

(b)

quite

(c)

quiet

10.

(a)

as

(b)

has

(c)

was


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

air nerassspge

2.

free Internet eievssrc

3.

the holiday oesans

4.

warn people to be refulca

5.

aerhcsk to steal data

6.

sarsdowp protected

 

Paragraph 2

7.

fere Internet connections

8.

gchaen how we live

9.

information at our psiirtefgn

10.

difficult to eniiagm

11.

a video cenrse

12.

this change will be very igeixnct


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Internet on Virgin Atlantic flights over the holiday season. Many people think Google is being very

(    )

time we need it. It’s difficult to imagine how this will change our world. Our lives will be quite different. Maybe

(    )

What Google is doing is what the world will be like soon. One day, there will be free Internet

(    )

connections everywhere in the world. People will not have to pay for the Internet. That will change how we

1  )

Google is giving U.S. air passengers a holiday present of free Internet services. The offer is for travellers who fly

(    )

live. Everyone will be connected all the time. This is a great thing. We will have information at our fingertips any

(    )

generous. However, computer experts warn people to be careful. A wireless connection is very convenient, but it

(    )

students will study at home, with the teacher on a video screen and their classmates as avatars. All of this change will be very exciting.

(    )

is also dangerous. It is easy for hackers to steal data from computers that are not password protected.

(    )

from 47 American airports between November 17th and January 15th. Google also said it would provide the


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

holiday     .     present     air     Giving     a     passengers     U.S.    

2.

fly     who     Travellers     airports     American     47     from.    

3.

Computer     careful     be     to     people     warn     experts.    

4.

warn     to     careful     Experts     people     be.    

5.

computers    protected    that    are    Data    not    from    password.

6.

be     will     There     everywhere     connections     Internet     free.    

7.

the      People      have      for      not      pay      Internet      will      to.     

8.

live      That      change      we      will      how.     

9.

our      at      information      have      will      We      fingertips.     

10.

will      All      be      of      very      this      exciting      change.     


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.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Internet. Include imaginary interviews with people who know what the future of the Internet looks like. 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 Google. Ask him/her three questions about Google. Give him/her three of your opinions on how to make it better. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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