The Reading / Listening - Level 5

An upgrade to the website Breaking News English.com means it is easier to use on mobile phones and tablets. Students and teachers who want to browse through the news articles or do the activities on their mobile devices can now do so with ease. The Internet has changed considerably since it started a few decades ago. It is worlds apart from how it looked 20 years ago. Back then, web pages were just text that took a long time to load. People could only view them on bulky computers. Today, we have movies, music, games, GPS and millions of apps on our mobile phones.



The owner of Breaking News English used the website developer markbaindesign.com to make the site mobile friendly. Mark Bain has made many eye-catching sites for some of the world's top teachers. He summed up his thoughts on technology by saying: "Expectations about what can be done on a phone are rising every day." His work has made students happy. Saeed from Kuwait said: "It is now much easier to get to grips with the activities." Rosa from Bolivia said she could now interact with the news articles and exercises while she commutes to work.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 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. browse
  2. can now do
  3. The Internet has changed
  4. It is worlds
  5. web pages
  6. took a long
  7. bulky
  8. GPS and millions
  1. were just text
  2. through the news
  3. computers
  4. considerably
  5. of apps
  6. apart
  7. so with ease
  8. time to load

Paragraph 2

  1. website
  2. make the site mobile
  3. made many eye-
  4. He summed
  5. Expectations about what can be
  6. get to
  7. interact
  8. while she commutes
  1. catching sites
  2. with the news
  3. done on a phone
  4. friendly
  5. grips with
  6. up his thoughts
  7. to work
  8. developer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An (1) ___________________ Breaking News English.com means it is easier to use on mobile phones and tablets. Students and teachers who want to (2) ___________________ news articles or do the activities on their mobile devices can now (3) ___________________. The Internet has changed considerably since it started a few decades ago. It (4) ___________________ from how it looked 20 years ago. Back then, web pages were just text that took a (5) ___________________. People could only view them (6) ___________________. Today, we have movies, music, games, GPS and millions of apps on our mobile phones.

The owner of Breaking News English used the website developer markbaindesign.com to make the (7) ___________________. Mark Bain has made (8) ___________________ sites for some of the world's top teachers. (9) ___________________ thoughts on technology by saying: "Expectations about what can (10) ___________________ phone are rising every day." His work has made students happy. Saeed from Kuwait said: "It is now much easier (11) ___________________ the activities." Rosa from Bolivia said she could now interact with the news articles and exercises (12) ___________________ to work.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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tesforsomeoftheworld'stopteachers.Hesummeduphisthoughtsonte
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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) ________________

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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