At the previous lesson you were divided into 2 groups to prepare the poll.
To prove that television has a lot of advantages and disadvantages you had
to interview your schoolmates and sum up this information. I’m so curious
about the results. Now you are given 3 minutes to discuss your results and
one person of you will inform us about them. Will you write down the key
words of advantages and disadvantages on the sheets of paper with a
marker and place them on the board.
According to your research into the problem television has both
advantages and disadvantages. Let’s repeat them. This group (who studied
disadvantages) will repeat advantages one by one; the other group will
We are approaching to the second part of our discussion. And now we are
going to learn some information about the Internet.
Let us use television (video) and listen to expert’s opinion about the
Your task is to choose the correct answer:
What is the manager talking about:
a) advertisement on the Internet;
b) e-mail services;
c) Advantages and disadvantages of the Internet.
Advertisement for the Internet promises you a world of information,
entertainment, on-line shopping and e-mail services. But the real world of
the Internet may not be as perfect as the advertisements suggest.
Using the Internet offers man advantages. Firstly, all of the latest
information is available to you at any hour of the day or night. It is much
faster and easier to surf the net in search of information from all over the
world than to travel to libraries on dozen of countries. What is more, on-
line shopping makes it possible to search through catalogues to find
exactly what you want at the best price, saving both time and money. By
joining a newsgroup or a chat group, you share your hobbies and special
interests, and perhaps make friends all over the world. Also, e-mail is
popular because it is faster than sending a letter and cheaper that a
telephone conversation. On the other hand, the Internet has several
disadvantages. For example, with so much information available, finding
what you can take you hours. Multimedia web pages with photographs
music and video make downloading slow and boring. Moreover, there is
too much advertising instead of real information. As for Internet
friendships, sitting at home in front of your computer making ‘chat
friends’ is not the same as actually meeting people. In conclusion, the
Internet obviously has both good and bad points. Fortunately, the system
is improving all the time, and any problems which still exist can be
solved. Whether we like it or not, the Internet is here to stay, so we have
to make the best possible use of it.
Yes, you are right. The correct answer is “c”.
Now we are going to watch this episode again, but you will have another
task. The first group has to choose and write down the key words of
advantages of the Internet, and the second – of disadvantages.
Then place them on the board and perform, using the key-words.
You may think of your own advantages and disadvantages of using the