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Apple iPad on Sale in USA (4th April, 2010)

Apple's newest product, the iPad tablet, is now on sale in America. Hundreds of Apple fans waited outside Apple’s stores all night. They wanted to be sure of getting their iPad in case they sold out. Some people even flew to the USA from other countries. There has been great excitement about the iPad for months. Unfortunately, customers outside the USA will have to wait a bit longer for their tablet. The first generation tablets have wi-fi, so people can use them indoors. They don’t yet have 3G connectivity, so they cannot use them outside.

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There is a lot of talk about the new iPad. When Apple’s boss, Steve Jobs, first announced details of it, many people were disappointed. Experts couldn’t decide whether or not it was something people wanted. To many, it was like a giant iPhone. Whatever happens with the iPad, it makes sure Apple stays as the trendiest maker of gadgets in the world. Sony used to have that tag when everyone had Walkmans. It will be interesting to see how long Apple stays at the top. One company will come along and make something to replace mp3s and iPhones.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Apple's newest

a.

be sure

2

Hundreds of Apple fans

b.

longer

3.

They wanted to

c.

waited outside

4.

Some people even flew

d.

product

5.

wait a bit

e.

connectivity

6.

3G

f.

to the USA

 

Paragraph 2

1.

There is a lot of talk

a.

disappointed

2

many people were

b.

to see

3.

the trendiest maker of gadgets

c.

replace mp3s

4.

Sony used to have

d.

in the world

5.

It will be interesting

e.

about the new iPad

6.

make something to

f.

that tag


LISTENING GAP FILL

Apple's newest product, the iPad tablet, ___________________ America. Hundreds of Apple fans waited outside Apple’s stores all night. They wanted to ___________________ their iPad in case they sold out. Some people even flew to the USA from other countries. ___________________ excitement about the iPad for months. Unfortunately, customers outside the USA will have to ___________________ their tablet. The first generation tablets have wi-fi, ___________________ indoors. They don’t yet have 3G connectivity, ___________________ them outside.

There ___________________ the new iPad. When Apple’s boss, Steve Jobs, first announced details of it, many people were disappointed. Experts ___________________ or not it was something people wanted. To many, ___________________ iPhone. Whatever happens with the iPad, it makes sure Apple ___________________ maker of gadgets in the world. Sony used to have that tag when everyone had Walkmans. It will be interesting to see how long Apple stays at the top. One company ___________________ make something to replace mp3s and iPhones.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Apple's newest product, the iPad tablet, is now on sale in America. Hundreds of Apple (1) ____ waited outside Apple’s stores all night. They wanted to be sure of getting their iPad in case they sold (2) ____. Some people even flew to the USA from other countries. There has been (3) ____ excitement about the iPad for months. Unfortunately, customers outside the USA will have to wait a (4) ____ longer for their tablet. The first generation tablets have wi-fi, so people can use them indoors. They don’t (5) ____ have 3G connectivity, so they cannot use them outside.

There is a lot of talk about the new iPad. When Apple’s boss, Steve Jobs,  (6) ____ announced details of it, many people were disappointed. Experts couldn’t decide whether or not it was something people wanted. To many, it was like a giant iPhone. (7) ____ happens with the iPad, it makes sure Apple stays as the trendiest (8) ____ of gadgets in the world. Sony used to have that tag when everyone had Walkmans. It will be interesting to (9) ____ how long Apple stays at the top. One company will come (10) ____ and make something to replace mp3s and iPhones.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

pans

(b)

fans

(c)

vans

2.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

up

3.

(a)

grate

(b)

greatly

(c)

great

4.

(a)

bite

(b)

byte

(c)

bit

5.

(a)

yet

(b)

still

(c)

already

6.

(a)

firstly

(b)

first

(c)

firsts

7.

(a)

whoever

(b)

wherever

(c)

whatever

8.

(a)

maker

(b)

marker

(c)

making

9.

(a)

look

(b)

see

(c)

watch

10.

(a)

along

(b)

long

(c)

length


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Apple's newest coudptr

2.

all htngi

3.

people even felw to the USA

4.

grate excitement

5.

wait a bit lenorg

6.

use them ouidtse

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a lot of lkta

8.

announced dtisela of it

9.

Experts couldn’t ddeeci

10.

Whatever enphsap

11.

It will be iisteetnnrg to see

12.

something to acreepl mp3s


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

customers outside the USA will have to wait a bit longer for their tablet. The first generation tablets have

(    )

interesting to see how long Apple stays at the top. One company will come along and make something to replace mp3s and iPhones.

(    )

of it, many people were disappointed. Experts couldn’t decide whether or not it was something people

(    )

There is a lot of talk about the new iPad. When Apple’s boss, Steve Jobs, first announced details

(    )

the trendiest maker of gadgets in the world. Sony used to have that tag when everyone had Walkmans. It will be

1  )

Apple's newest product, the iPad tablet, is now on sale in America. Hundreds of Apple fans waited outside

(    )

Apple’s stores all night. They wanted to be sure of getting their iPad in case they sold out. Some people even flew

(    )

wanted. To many, it was like a giant iPhone. Whatever happens with the iPad, it makes sure Apple stays as

(    )

wi-fi, so people can use them indoors. They don’t yet have 3G connectivity, so they cannot use them outside.

(    )

to the USA from other countries. There has been great excitement about the iPad for months. Unfortunately,


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

fans     outside     Hundreds     Apple     waited     of.    

2.

getting     to     of     iPad     wanted     sure     their     They     be.    

3.

great     excitement     There     about     has     the     been     iPad.    

4.

generation     tablets     have     The     wi-fi     first.    

5.

don’t     have     connectivity     They     yet     3G.    

6.

new     iPad     There     is     a     lot     of     talk     about     the.    

7.

wanted     it     was     Whether     something     or     people     not.    

8.

gadgets     The     in     trendiest     the     maker     world     of.    

9.

at     how     the     long     top     Apple     stays     See.    

10.

to     something     Make     mp3s     replace.    


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 miracles 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. COMPUTERS: Search the Internet and find more information about Computers. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Computers. Include imaginary an interview with the inventor of the iPad. 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 a computer expert. Ask him/her three questions about computers. Give him/her three of your opinions on computers. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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