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Brits Leave Internet Passwords in Wills (18th October, 2011)

More and more British people are leaving their usernames and Internet passwords in their wills. For hundreds of years, wills have included money, houses, cars and paintings. Now wills have gone digital. Over ten per cent of Britons say they have put their passwords in their will. They want their loved ones to use them after they die. People often have thousands of dollars of movies, music and software on password-protected sites. They feel it is important to pass on these things to the people they love.

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It is not only things like films and songs that Britons want to include in their will. They are also putting in their Facebook and Flickr accounts. This means their loved ones will be able to protect these accounts. Many Facebook pages are used by hackers after a person dies. Facebook and similar sites will not give the log-on details to the family of the person who died. The sites are lost forever because no one knows how to access them. Lawyers say everyone should think about what happens to their online data after they die.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

More and

a.

dollars of movies

2

Now wills have

b.

sites

3.

Over ten per

c.

on these things

4.

thousands of

d.

gone digital

5.

password-protected

e.

more British people

6.

important to pass

f.

cent of Britons

 

Paragraph 2

1.

not only things

a.

accounts

2

include in

b.

details

3.

protect these

c.

data

4.

used by hackers

d.

their will

5.

log-on

e.

like films

6.

online

f.

after a person dies


LISTENING GAP FILL

More and more British ____________________ their usernames and Internet passwords in their wills. For hundreds of years, wills ____________________, houses, cars and paintings. Now wills have gone digital. Over ten per cent of Britons say they have put their ____________________ will. They want their loved ones to use them after they die. People often have ____________________ of movies, music and software on ____________________ sites. They feel it is important to ____________________ to the people they love.

It is ____________________ films and songs that Britons want to include in their will. They are also putting in their Facebook and Flickr accounts. This means ____________________ be able to protect these accounts. Many Facebook pages are ____________________ after a person dies. Facebook and similar sites will not give the ____________________ the family of the person who died. The sites ____________________ because no one knows how ____________________. Lawyers say everyone should think about what happens to their online data after they die.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

More and more British people are (1) ____ their usernames and Internet passwords in their wills. For hundreds of years, wills (2) ____ included money, houses, cars and paintings. Now wills have (3) ____ digital. Over ten per cent of Britons say they have put their passwords in their will. They want their (4) ____ ones to use them after they die. People often have thousands of dollars (5) ____ movies, music and software on password-protected sites. They feel it is important to pass (6) ____ these things to the people they love.

It is not only things (7) ____ films and songs that Britons want to include in their will. They are also putting in their Facebook and Flickr accounts. This (8) ____ their loved ones will be (9) ____ to protect these accounts. Many Facebook pages are used by hackers after a person (10) ____. Facebook and similar sites will not give the log-on details to the family of the person who died. The sites are lost (11) ____ because no one knows how to access them. Lawyers say everyone should think about (12) ____ happens to their online data after they die.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

left

(b)

leaves

(c)

leaving

2.

(a)

have

(b)

has

(c)

had

3.

(a)

going

(b)

gone

(c)

goes

4.

(a)

loved

(b)

liked

(c)

friend

5.

(a)

for

(b)

by

(c)

of

6.

(a)

up

(b)

on

(c)

by

7.

(a)

like

(b)

love

(c)

life

8.

(a)

seems

(b)

is

(c)

means

9.

(a)

can

(b)

could

(c)

able

10.

(a)

dead

(b)

dies

(c)

death

11.

(a)

forever

(b)

furthermore

(c)

however

12

(a)

why

(b)

what

(c)

who


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

angveil their usernames

2.

shnderdu of years

3.

wills have gone iaigdtl

4.

nsuotdash of dollars

5.

password-protected sesit

6.

lpopee they love

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ntishg like films

8.

Facebook and Flickr scuoactn

9.

used by krehcas

10.

log-on dtseali

11.

how to scceas them

12.

oenlin data


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

wills. For hundreds of years, wills have included money, houses, cars and

(    )

dies. Facebook and similar sites will not give the log-on details to the family of the

(    )

person who died. The sites are lost forever because no one knows how to access

(    )

put their passwords in their will. They want their loved ones to use them after they

(    )

ones will be able to protect these accounts. Many Facebook pages are used by hackers after a person

(    )

paintings. Now wills have gone digital. Over ten per cent of Britons say they have

1  )

More and more British people are leaving their usernames and Internet passwords in their

(    )

It is not only things like films and songs that Britons want to include in

(    )

password-protected sites. They feel it is important to pass on these things to the people they love.

(    )

die. People often have thousands of dollars of movies, music and software on

(    )

them. Lawyers say everyone should think about what happens to their online data after they die.

(    )

their will. They are also putting in their Facebook and Flickr accounts. This means their loved


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

usernames     their     leaving     are     people     British     More.    

2.

have     wills     Now     digital     gone.    

3.

use     their     them     loved     ones     They     to     want.    

4.

have     movies     thousands     of     People     dollars     often     of.    

5.

Pass     things     people     these     the     love     on     to     they.    

6.

films     like     things     only     not     is     It.    

7.

are     pages     Facebook     Many     hackers     by     used.    

8.

to     log     details     family     the     on     the     Give     -.    

9.

them     access     to     how     knows     one     No.    

10.

happens     online     they     What     their     after     to     data     die.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Internet passwords. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this idea. 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 lawyer. Ask him/her three questions about Internet passwords after people die. Give him/her three of your opinions on this. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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