The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Breaking News English.com is now easier to use on mobile phones and tablets. A recent upgrade means students can easily browse through news articles and activities on their mobile devices. The Internet has changed a lot since it started decades ago. It looks totally different today. Twenty years ago, web pages were just text. They took a long time to load on big computers. Today, we have movies, music, games, GPS and apps on our mobile phones.



Breaking News English used the developer markbaindesign.com to be more mobile friendly. Mark Bain has made many attractive sites for teachers and others. He summed up his thoughts on technology. He said: "Expectations about what can be done on a phone are rising every day." His work has made students happy. Saeed from Kuwait said it was easier, "to get to grips with the activities". Rosa from Bolivia said she could now study while she travels to work.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com
  • http://www.markbaindesign.com


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. now easier
  2. a recent
  3. browse
  4. since it started
  5. It looks totally
  6. web pages were
  7. They took a long time to
  8. games, GPS
  1. just text
  2. to use
  3. decades ago
  4. and apps
  5. upgrade
  6. load
  7. different today
  8. through news

Paragraph 2

  1. mobile
  2. made many attractive
  3. for teachers
  4. He summed
  5. Expectations about what
  6. His work has
  7. get to
  8. study while
  1. up his thoughts
  2. made students happy
  3. she travels to work
  4. and others
  5. friendly
  6. grips with
  7. can be done
  8. sites

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Breaking News English.com is (1) ___________________ on mobile phones and tablets. A recent upgrade means students (2) ___________________ through news articles and activities on their mobile devices. The Internet has changed (3) ___________________ it started decades ago. It looks totally different today. Twenty years ago, web pages (4) ___________________. They took a long (5) ___________________ big computers. Today, we have movies, music, games, GPS (6) ___________________ mobile phones.

Breaking News English (7) ___________________ markbaindesign.com to be more mobile friendly. Mark Bain has made many (8) ________________ for teachers and others. He (9) ___________________ thoughts on technology. He said: "Expectations about (10) ___________________ on a phone are rising every day." His (11) ___________________ students happy. Saeed from Kuwait said it was easier, "to (12) __________________ the activities". Rosa from Bolivia said she could now study while she travels to work.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BreakingNewsEnglish.comisnoweasiertouseonmobilephonesandta
blets.Arecentupgrademeansstudentscaneasilybrowsethroughnews
articlesandactivitiesontheirmobiledevices.TheInternethaschangeda
lotsinceitstarteddecadesago.Itlookstotallydifferenttoday.Twentyye
arsago,webpageswerejusttext.Theytookalongtimetoloadonbigcom
puters.Today,wehavemovies,music,games,GPSandappsonourmobi
lephones.BreakingNewsEnglishusedthedevelopermarkbaindesign.c
omtobemoremobilefriendly.MarkBainhasmademanyattractivesitesf
orteachersandothers.Hesummeduphisthoughtsontechnology.Hesai
d:"Expectationsaboutwhatcanbedoneonaphonearerisingeveryday."
Hisworkhasmadestudentshappy.SaeedfromKuwaitsaiditwaseasier,
"togettogripswiththeactivities".RosafromBoliviasaidshecouldnowst
udywhileshetravelstowork.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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