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Facebook App For "If I Die" Message (18th January, 2012)

“There’s an app for that.” This is what people joke about if there is something missing in life. Facebook, Apple and Android apps let us do a million and one useful things. Now we can leave a message to the world that is posted on Facebook after you die. The developers of the “If I Die” app created it after some close friends nearly died in a traffic accident. They had a conversation about how cool it would be to leave family and friends a note or some photos or images after you pass away.

Your friends help you post the message online after you die. App users must choose three Facebook “trustees” who have to confirm that you are no more. Once the three have done this, your message, photos and videos will upload onto Facebook. There are mixed feelings on social media sites about the app. Georgie Ansari from London said: “what a great idea. Death is usually so sudden and few of us get a chance to say the things we want.” However, Paolo Cesar from Brazil wrote the idea was “very dark”.

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

There’s an app

a.

accident

2

there is something

b.

away

3.

a million and one

c.

missing in life

4.

traffic

d.

useful things

5.

how

e.

for that

6.

after you pass

f.

cool

 

Paragraph 2

1.

post the message

a.

feelings

2

confirm that you are

b.

so sudden

3.

mixed

c.

no more

4.

social media

d.

online

5.

Death is usually

e.

things we want

6.

get a chance to say the

f.

sites


LISTENING GAP FILL

“There’s an app for that.” This is ____________________ if there is something missing in life. Facebook, Apple and Android apps let us do ____________________ useful things. Now we can leave a message to the world that is posted on Facebook after you die. The developers of the “If I Die” app created it ____________________ friends nearly died ____________________. They had a conversation about how ____________________ to leave family and friends a note or some photos or images ____________________.

Your friends help you ____________________ online after you die. App users ____________________ Facebook “trustees” who have to confirm that you are no more. Once the three have done this, your message, photos and videos ____________________ Facebook. There ____________________ on social media sites about the app. Georgie Ansari from London said: “What a great idea. Death is ____________________ and few of us get a chance to ____________________ want.” However, Paolo Cesar from Brazil wrote the idea was “very dark”.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

“There’s an app for (1) ____.” This is what people joke about if there is something missing (2) ____ life. Facebook, Apple and Android apps let us do a million and (3) ____ useful things. Now we can leave a message to the world that is posted on Facebook after you die. The developers of the “If I Die” app created it after some close friends (4) ____ died in a traffic accident. They had a conversation about how (5) ____ it would be to leave family and friends a note or some photos or images after you (6) ____ away.

Your friends help you post the message online (7) ____ you die. App users must choose three Facebook “trustees” who have to confirm that you are  (8) ____ more. Once the three have done this, your message, photos and videos will upload onto Facebook. There are (9) ____ feelings on social media sites about the app. Georgie Ansari from London said: “What a great idea. Death is usually so (10) ____ and few of us get a (11) ____ to say the things we want.” (12) ____, Paolo Cesar from Brazil wrote the idea was “very dark”.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

them

(b)

which

(c)

that

2.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

of

3.

(a)

seven

(b)

seventeen

(c)

one

4.

(a)

near

(b)

nearly

(c)

nears

5.

(a)

cool

(b)

warm

(c)

tepid

6.

(a)

mass

(b)

bass

(c)

pass

7.

(a)

after

(b)

post

(c)

following

8.

(a)

not

(b)

no

(c)

non

9.

(a)

mixed

(b)

mixture

(c)

mixes

10.

(a)

suddenly

(b)

sadden

(c)

sudden

11.

(a)

opportunity

(b)

chance

(c)

risk

12

(a)

Moreover

(b)

However

(c)

Because


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

what plepeo joke about

2.

something isngsim in life

3.

leave a segasem

4.

dtepos on Facebook

5.

traffic adicenct

6.

photos or egsami

 

Paragraph 2

7.

App users must ocsoeh

8.

imcronf that you are no more

9.

mixed siefnegl

10.

liaocs media sites

11.

Death is usually so dseund

12.

get a ahcnce


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

in life. Facebook, Apple and Android apps let us do a million and one useful

(    )

things. Now we can leave a message to the world that is posted on Facebook after you die. The developers

(    )

want.” However, Paolo Cesar from Brazil wrote the idea was “very dark”.

(    )

done this, your message, photos and videos will upload onto Facebook. There are mixed feelings on social

(    )

Your friends help you post the message online after you die. App users must

(    )

media sites about the app. Georgie Ansari from London said: “what a great idea. Death

(    )

of the “If I Die” app created it after some close friends nearly died in a traffic

(    )

is usually so sudden and few of us get a chance to say the things we

(    )

and friends a note or some photos or images after you pass away.

(    )

choose three Facebook “trustees” who have to confirm that you are no more. Once the three have

(    )

accident. They had a conversation about how cool it would be to leave family

1  )

“There’s an app for that.” This is what people joke about if there is something missing


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

There’s     that     for     app     an.    

2.

is     people     about     This     what     joke.    

3.

things     us     million     useful     Let     a     one     do     and.    

4.

Facebook     you     on     after     die     Posted.    

5.

cool     A     it     conversation     would     about     be     how.    

6.

you     help     friends     Your     message     the     post.    

7.

no     that     are     more     Confirm     you.    

8.

social     are     media     mixed     sites     feelings     on     There.    

9.

Death     sudden     so     usually     is.    

10.

chance     the     want     a     say     we     Get     to     things.    


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 apps 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. APP: Search the Internet and find more information about the “If I Die” app. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

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