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Do you use the Internet? If not would you like to? Which of these things do you (or would you like to) use the Internet for?

- finding information

- playing games

- joining chat groups

- on-line shopping

- joining newsgroups


2.11. Read the list of points about the Internet advantages, mark A (advantages) or D (disadvantages). Then act out short dialogues in pairs, as in the example:


A: One of the disadvantages of using the Internet is that web pages with photographs, music and video make downloading slow and boring.

B: I agree, but on the other hand, the latest information is available to you at any time, quickly and easily.

1. Web pages with photographs, music and video make downloading slow and boring.

2. The latest information is available to you at any time quickly and easily.

3. Online shopping can save your time and money.

4. Finding the information you want can take hours.

5. You can share your hobbies and special interests with newsgroups and chat groups.

6. There is too much advertising instead of information you need.

7. You can make new friends in chat groups.

8. Making “chat friends” is not the same as meeting people personally.

9. If you can send e-mail: it will be fast and cheap.


Use the browser to surf the Internet at random. Find five interesting web sites to tell the class about, write down the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of each web site and present the list to the group.




Key Vocabulary

Module 1

Information technology

access (n)

at random

browser (n)

cable (n)

chat (n)

circuit (n)

connect (v)

connected (part)

connection (n)

cyberspace (n)

data (n)

devise (n)

digital (adj)

download (v)

hardware (n)

icon (n)

innovation (n)

input (n)

internet (n)

join (v)

keyboard (n)

link (n)

monitor (n)

network (n)

operating system

output (n)

process (v)

protect (v)

random (adj)

Random Access Memory (RAM)

satellite (n)

screen (n)

share (v)

site (n)

software (n)

surf (v)

transmit (v)

virus (n)

wire (n)



Appendix 1

Supplementary Texts


Computer – it`s a machine for carrying out calculations and performing specified transformations on information, such as storing, sorting, correlating, retrieving and processing data. The main disadvantage of computers is that staring at a screen for long periods of time can be damaging to the eyes, and sitting on a chair for hours at a time is certainly not healthy. Secondly computers distract from social interactions such as conversation. Also, people can be inclined to become anti-social and stay at home and use their computer. Finally, the most persuasive argument against the use of computers is that the more jobs are done by computers the less are done by people. It isn`t very good for increasing people population. However, the advantages of computers are numerous, such as undeniable educational benefits, especially to children. School subjects become more interesting when presented on a computer screen. Moreover, computers can be fun with a seemingly endless variety of games which can be played on them. In addition, computers are valuable to any business, making life easier and saving time by being capable of storing and retrieving vast amounts of information at he touch of the button. I think computer has a lot of disadvantages and advantages. Yet, despite the health problems, risk to jobs and personal interaction, it seems that as long as the use of computers is regulated the benefits computers provide to education and businesses are invaluable. Computers make our life easier.


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