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Google Street View in the Amazon (27th August, 2011)

Google is sending its Street View cameras down the Amazon River. Street View usually lets us see what our towns and cities look like. It has even been under the oceans and on the moon. Now Google wants us to be able to take a photo tour of the Amazon rainforest. Photographers will take photos of "some of the most remote and bio-diverse areas in the world" and create 360-degree panoramas. The project is a joint effort between Google and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation.

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Google said it wants to share images of Amazon communities and show them how to use the cameras. Google’s blog said: "By teaching locals how to operate these tools, they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe.” The project will be a valuable resource for students to use in class. However, many people say it will not be good for the Amazon villagers. They might not want to share their traditional life with the world.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

sending its Street View cameras down

a.

tour of the Amazon

2

what our towns and cities

b.

oceans

3.

It has even been under the

c.

bio-diverse areas

4.

take a photo

d.

the Amazon River

5.

remote and

e.

joint effort

6.

The project is a

f.

look like

 

Paragraph 2

1.

it wants to share

a.

use the cameras

2

show them how to

b.

view

3.

points of

c.

resource

4.

a valuable

d.

images

5.

The project will be a valuable

e.

with the world

6.

share their traditional life

f.

resource


LISTENING GAP FILL

Google is sending its Street View __________________ Amazon River. Street View __________________ what our towns and cities look like. It has even been under the oceans and on the moon. Now Google wants us __________________ a photo tour of the Amazon rainforest. Photographers will take photos of "some of __________________ and bio-diverse areas in the world" and __________________ panoramas. The project is a __________________ Google and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation.

Google said it wants __________________ of Amazon communities and __________________ use the cameras. Google’s blog said: "By teaching locals __________________ these tools, they can continue sharing their __________________, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe.” The project will be __________________ for students to use in class. However, many people say it will not be good for the Amazon villagers. They might not want to share their __________________ the world.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Google is (1) ____ its Street View cameras down the Amazon River. Street View usually lets us see what our towns and cities look like. It has (2) ____ been under the oceans and on the moon. Now Google wants us to be (3) ____ to take a photo tour of the Amazon rainforest. Photographers will take photos of "some of the (4) ____ remote and bio-diverse areas in the world" and create 360-(5) ____  panoramas. The project is a (6) ____ effort between Google and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation.

Google said it wants to share (7) ____ of Amazon communities and show them how to use the cameras. Google’s blog said: "By (8) ____ locals how to operate these tools, they can continue sharing their (9) ____ of view, culture and ways of life with audiences (10) ____ the globe.” The project will be a valuable resource for students to use in class. (11) ____, many people say it will not be good for the Amazon villagers. They might not want to share their traditional life (12) ____ the world.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

sending

(b)

sends

(c)

sender

2.

(a)

ever

(b)

event

(c)

even

3.

(a)

ability

(b)

able

(c)

enabled

4.

(a)

most

(b)

must

(c)

moist

5.

(a)

degree

(b)

degrees

(c)

agrees

6.

(a)

joining

(b)

joins

(c)

joint

7.

(a)

image

(b)

images

(c)

imaged

8.

(a)

teaches

(b)

taught

(c)

teaching

9.

(a)

points

(b)

paints

(c)

pants

10.

(a)

under

(b)

across

(c)

in

11.

(a)

Forever

(b)

Moreover

(c)

However

12

(a)

at

(b)

with

(c)

by


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Google is ndeisng its Street View cameras

2.

towns and etciis

3.

under the caseon

4.

take a ohotp tour

5.

the most toemer and bio-diverse areas

6.

The epcrojt is a joint effort

 

Paragraph 2

7.

share iaemsg

8.

teaching solcal

9.

sharing their osnipt of view

10.

audiences across the eblog

11.

a valuable ecreurso

12.

itrdltnaaio life


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

operate these tools, they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways

(    )

lets us see what our towns and cities look like. It has even been under the

(    )

of life with audiences across the globe.” The project will be a valuable resource for students to use in

(    )

Google and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation.

(    )

Google said it wants to share images of Amazon communities and show

(    )

them how to use the cameras. Google’s blog said: "By teaching locals how to

(    )

areas in the world" and create 360-degree panoramas. The project is a joint effort between

(    )

class. However, many people say it will not be good for the Amazon

(    )

tour of the Amazon rainforest. Photographers will take photos of "some of the most remote and bio-diverse

(    )

oceans and on the moon. Now Google wants us to be able to take a photo

(    )

villagers. They might not want to share their traditional life with the world.

1  )

Google is sending its Street View cameras down the Amazon River. Street View usually


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

towns     and     cities     look     like     Lets     us     see     what     our.    

2.

has     It     oceans     the     under     been     even.    

3.

a     Amazon     photo     rainforest     tour     of     Take     the.    

4.

bio-diverse     The     most     remote     areas     and.    

5.

effort     The     is     joint     project     a.    

6.

images     It     of     wants     Amazon     to     communities     share.    

7.

them     Show     cameras     the     use     to     how.    

8.

view     sharing     their     They     points     can     of     continue.    

9.

to     students     for     resource     valuable     A     use.    

10.

for     the     Amazon     People     say     it     will     not     be     good.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Google Street View Amazon project. Include imaginary interviews with someone who likes it and someone who doesn’t like it. 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 head of the Google Street View Amazon project. Ask him/her three questions about rainforests. Give him/her three of your opinions on rainforests. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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