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3D TV Just for Big Events, Says Director (18th December, 2010)

A top British documentary maker has said 3D TV will only be popular for big events like the soccer World Cup. Sir David Attenborough said people thought television was a miracle when it first came out, but now people use it as background sound and vision. He believes that people might be wrong to think 3D will change our viewing, saying: “I think 3D TV is going to be event TV. It can be an international football match, or it can also be an important programme.” He added we will only watch programmes that “require your attention”.

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Sir David has been working in television since 1952. He is perhaps the world’s greatest maker of wildlife documentaries. The film-maker believes 3D TV will not become the normal way to watch television. He said the special glasses make it “too isolating”. But TV manufacturers disagree. They believe 3D TV is the future. All the major electronics brands are now selling 3D TV sets. There is something that could discourage people from watching 3D TV. Medical research shows it can cause eye strain, headaches, and nausea and sickness.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

A top British documentary

a.

when it first came out

2

television was a miracle

b.

wrong

3.

use it as background

c.

“require your attention”

4.

e believes that people might be

d.

maker

5.

3D will change

e.

sound and vision

6.

programmes that

f.

our viewing

 

Paragraph 2

1.

working in television

a.

documentaries

2

maker of wildlife

b.

and sickness

3.

the normal way

c.

since 1952

4.

They believe 3D TV is

d.

cause eye strain

5.

research shows it can

e.

to watch television

6.

nausea

f.

the future


LISTENING GAP FILL

A top British documentary maker has said 3D TV will only be ______________________ like the soccer World Cup. Sir David Attenborough said people thought television was a miracle ______________________ out, but now people use it as background ______________________. He believes that people might be wrong to think 3D will ______________________, saying: “I think 3D TV is going to be event TV. It can be an international football match, ______________________ an important programme.” He added we will only watch programmes that “______________________”.

Sir David ______________________ in television since 1952. He is perhaps the world’s greatest maker of wildlife documentaries. The film-maker believes 3D TV ______________________ normal way to watch television. He said ______________________ make it “too isolating”. But TV manufacturers disagree. They believe ______________________. All the major electronics brands are now selling 3D TV sets. There ______________________ could discourage people from watching 3D TV. Medical research shows it can cause eye strain, headaches, and ______________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A top British documentary (1) ____ has said 3D TV will only be popular for big events like the soccer World Cup. Sir David Attenborough said people thought television was a (2) ____ when it first came out, but now people use it as background sound and (3) ____. He believes that people might (4) ____ wrong to think 3D will change our viewing, saying: “I think 3D TV is going to (5) ____ event TV. It can be an international football match, or it can also be an important programme.” He added we will only watch programmes that “require (6) ____ attention”.

Sir David has been (7) ____ in television since 1952. He is perhaps the world’s greatest maker of wildlife documentaries. The film-maker (8) ____ 3D TV will not become the normal way to watch television. He said the special glasses make (9) ____ “too isolating”. But TV manufacturers disagree. They believe 3D TV is (10) ____ future. (11) ____ the major electronics brands are now selling 3D TV sets. There is something that could discourage people from watching 3D TV. Medical research shows it can cause eye strain, headaches, and nausea and (12) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

marker

(b)

maker

(c)

meeker

2.

(a)

miracle

(b)

miraculous

(c)

miracles

3.

(a)

seeing

(b)

watch

(c)

vision

4.

(a)

is

(b)

are

(c)

be

5.

(a)

be

(b)

are

(c)

is

6.

(a)

an

(b)

your

(c)

the

7.

(a)

working

(b)

works

(c)

worked

8.

(a)

beliefs

(b)

believes

(c)

bellies

9.

(a)

them

(b)

it

(c)

our

10.

(a)

the

(b)

a

(c)

[no word]

11.

(a)

Each

(b)

Every

(c)

All

12

(a)

sickly

(b)

sick

(c)

sickness


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

top British documentary aremk

2.

olpapur for big events

3.

television was a lrimace

4.

sound and nsviio

5.

3D will change our viewgin

6.

ieqrrue your attention

 

Paragraph 2

7.

icens 1952

8.

fiielldw documentaries

9.

the lmraon way

10.

3D TV is the rfeuut

11.

major electronics sbrnda

12.

nausea and csssneik


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

only watch programmes that “require your attention”.

(    )

maker of wildlife documentaries. The film-maker believes 3D TV will not become the normal

(    )

out, but now people use it as background sound and vision. He believes that people might be wrong to

(    )

Sir David has been working in television since 1952. He is perhaps the world’s greatest

(    )

selling 3D TV sets. There is something that could discourage people from watching 3D TV. Medical

(    )

way to watch television. He said the special glasses make it “too isolating”. But TV manufacturers

1  )

A top British documentary maker has said 3D TV will only be popular for big events like the soccer

(    )

an international football match, or it can also be an important programme.” He added we will

(    )

disagree. They believe 3D TV is the future. All the major electronics brands are now

(    )

research shows it can cause eye strain, headaches, and nausea and sickness.

(    )

World Cup. Sir David Attenborough said people thought television was a miracle when it first came

(    )

think 3D will change our viewing, saying: “I think 3D TV is going to be event TV. It can be


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

big     3D     only     for     will     popular     events     TV     be.    

2.

a     thought     was     miracle     People     television.    

3.

believes     He     wrong     be     might     people     that.    

4.

It     programme     important     an     be     also     can.    

5.

your     programmes     require     attention     Watch     that.    

6.

has     since     been     1952     working     in     David     television.    

7.

way     normal     the     Become     television     watch     to.    

8.

it     make     glasses     special     The     isolating     too.    

9.

from     3D     people     watching     TV     Discourage.    

10.

cause     research     eye     shows     strain     it     can     Medical.    


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 3D TV 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. 3D TV: Search the Internet and find more information about 3D TV. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about 3D TV. Include imaginary interviews with 3D TV manufacturers. 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 Sir David Attenborough. Ask him three questions about his life making wildlife documentaries. Give him three of your opinions on 3D TV. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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