The Reading / Listening - World Wide Web - Level 3

The man who created the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned of the dangers of the Internet. He described his three main worries about how the Internet is being misused. The first problem is fake news. He said websites and companies are creating fake news just to make money, or to try and change people's political opinions. He said the danger is that fake news "spreads like wildfire". The second problem is political advertising. He said adverts are used in "unethical ways" to stop voters from voting or to make them click on fake news stories. His final concern is the misuse of personal data by governments. He said people are killed in some countries because of the websites they visit.



Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989. He said that it had "lived up to [his] vision" in many ways. He said: "I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries." His letter outlined a five-year strategy to keep his vision alive. He said there were complex problems, and that the solutions would not be simple. He wants to put, "a fair level of data control back in the hands of people". He also wants to stop governments from looking at our online data, which he said creates a "chilling effect on free speech". And he wants to fight against fake news and misinformation. He called on all Internet users to help.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    World Wide Web - Level 0 World Wide Web - Level 1   or  World Wide Web - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39246810
  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2124201-web-creator-tim-berners-lee-speaks-out-on-fake-news/
  • http://webfoundation.org/2017/03/web-turns-28-letter/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. THE WORLD WIDE WEB: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the World Wide Web. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       Internet dangers / fake news / political opinions / political advertising / personal data /
       vision / platform / information / opportunities / strategy / solutions / free speech

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. GOOD: Students A strongly believe the Internet is a good thing; Students B strongly believe the Internet is a bad thing.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. DANGERS: What are the dangers of the Internet? How can we avoid them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Dangers

How to avoid them?

Identity theft

 

 

Phishing

 

 

Cyber-bullying

 

 

Fake news

 

 

Personal data

 

 

Addiction

 

 

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5. FAKE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "fake". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. INTERNET: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about the Internet at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • shopping
  • gaming
  • YouTube
  • research
  • news
  • wi-fi
  • mail
  • social media

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The man who created the World Wide Web wrote about five dangers.     T / F
  2. The first problem the man mentioned was cyber-bullying.     T / F
  3. The man said fake news stories spread like wildfire.     T / F
  4. The last danger he mentioned was misuse of personal data.     T / F
  5. The man said the Internet had lived up to his vision.     T / F
  6. He outlined a 10-year plan to free the Internet of dangers.     T / F
  7. The man said the solutions to the problems were simple.     T / F
  8. The man asked everyone who used the Internet to help.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. dangers
  2. fake
  3. opinions
  4. unethical
  5. concern
  6. lived up to
  7. allow
  8. collaborate
  9. solutions
  10. chilling
  1. answers
  2. risks
  3. dishonest
  4. satisfied
  5. work together
  6. beliefs
  7. scary
  8. hoax
  9. let
  10. worry

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. warned of the dangers
  2. worries about how the Internet
  3. try and change people's political
  4. fake news spreads like
  5. adverts are used in unethical
  6. He said that it had lived
  7. allow everyone, everywhere
  8. complex
  9. control back in the
  10. creates a chilling
  1. to share information
  2. opinions
  3. ways
  4. up to his vision
  5. is being misused
  6. hands of people
  7. effect on free speech
  8. of the Internet
  9. wildfire
  10. problems

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
click
fake
main
visit
dangers
data
adverts
opinions

The man who created the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned of the (1) ____________ of the Internet. He described his three (2) ____________ worries about how the Internet is being misused. The first problem is (3) ____________ news. He said websites and companies are creating fake news just to make money, or to try and change people's political (4) ____________. He said the danger is that fake news "spreads like wildfire". The second problem is political advertising. He said (5) ____________ are used in "unethical ways" to stop voters from voting or to make them (6) ____________ on fake news stories. His final concern is the misuse of personal (7) ____________ by governments. He said people are killed in some countries because of the websites they (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
vision
called
access
simple
speech
allow
hands
alive

Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989. He said that it had "lived up to [his] (9) ____________ " in many ways. He said: "I imagined the web as an open platform that would (10) ____________ everyone, everywhere to share information, (11) ____________ opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries." His letter outlined a five-year strategy to keep his vision (12) ____________. He said there were complex problems, and that the solutions would not be (13) ____________. He wants to put, "a fair level of data control back in the (14) ____________ of people". He also wants to stop governments from looking at our online data, which he said creates a "chilling effect on free (15) ____________". And he wants to fight against fake news and misinformation. He (16) ____________ on all Internet users to help.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  He described his three main worries about how the Internet is ______
     a.  being miss use
     b.  being misused
     c.  being missed use
     d.  being miscued

2)  creating fake news just to make money, or to try and change people's ______
     a.  politically opinions
     b.  political opens
     c.  politically opens
     d.  political opinions

3) He said the danger is that fake news "spreads ______".
     a.  likes wild fare
     b.  liking wildly fire
     c.  like wild fryer
     d.  like wildfire

4) used in "unethical ways" to stop voters from voting or to make them click ______"
     a.  on fakes news
     b.  in fake news
     c.  on fake news
     d.  at fakes news

5)  people are killed in some countries because of the websites ______
     a.  they visiting
     b.  they visit
     c.  they visited
     d.  they visits

6)  Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989. He said that it had lived ______
     a.  down to his vision
     b.  up to his vision
     c.  on to his vision
     d.  in to his vision

7)  share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and ______
     a.  cultural bound dries
     b.  cultural bounder ease
     c.  cultural bow dairies
     d.  cultural boundaries

8)  His letter outlined a five-year strategy to keep his ______
     a.  vision life
     b.  vision lives
     c.  vision alive
     d.  vision lifetime

9)  He wants to put, "a fair level of data control back ______ people".
     a.  in the hands of
     b.  in the bands of
     c.  in the lands of
     d.  in the sands of

10)  …looking at our online data, which he said creates a "chilling ______ speech".
     a.  effect on freedom
     b.  effect on frees
     c.  effect on freeze
     d.  effect on free

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The man who created the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, (1) ___________________ dangers of the Internet. He described his three main worries about how the Internet is being misused. The first (2) ___________________. He said websites and companies are creating fake news (3) ___________________, or to try and change people's political opinions. He said the danger is that fake news "spreads like wildfire". The second (4) ___________________ advertising. He said adverts are used in "unethical ways" to stop voters from voting or to make (5) ___________________ news stories. His final concern is the misuse of personal data by governments. He said people are killed in some countries (6) ___________________ websites they visit.

Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989. He said that (7) ___________________ to [his] vision" in many ways. He said: "I imagined the web as an open platform that (8) ___________________, everywhere to share information, access opportunities (9) ___________________ across geographic and cultural boundaries." His letter outlined a five-year strategy to keep his vision alive. He said there were complex problems, and that the solutions would (10) ___________________. He wants to put, "a fair level of data control back in the hands of people". He also wants to stop governments from looking (11) ___________________ data, which he said creates a "chilling effect on free speech". And he wants to fight against fake news and misinformation. He (12) ___________________ Internet users to help.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did Sir Tim Berners-Lee create?
  2. How many main dangers of the Internet are mentioned in the article?
  3. What do websites want to change with fake news?
  4. How does the article say fake news spreads?
  5. Who did the article say misuses personal data?
  6. When was the Internet invented?
  7. How long is the strategy to help the Internet stay safe?
  8. What did the article say about the answers to the complex problems?
  9. Where did Tim Berners-Lee want to put data control back into?
  10. Who did Tim Berners-Lee ask to help him?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did Sir Tim Berners-Lee create?
a) opinions
b) the World Wide Web
c) fake news
d) dangers

2) How many main dangers of the Internet are mentioned in the article?
a) 6
b) 5
c) 4
d) 3

3) What do websites want to change with fake news?
a) political opinions
b) honest opinions
c) personal opinions
d) opinions on art

4) How does the article say fake news spreads?
a) like the wind
b) at the speed of light
c) like wildfire
d) with the speed of a cheetah

5) Who did the article say misuses personal data?
a) social media
b) governments
c) advertisers
d) politicians

6) When was the Internet invented?
a) 1989
b) 1979
c) 2099
d) 1999

7) How long is the strategy to help the Internet stay safe?
a) 25 years
b) a decade
c) five years
d) eight years

8) What did the article say about the answers to the complex problems?
a) they are not simple
b) there are many
c) they are easy
d) they will take time

9) Where did Tim Berners-Lee want to put data control back into?
a) the hands of people
b) cyberspace
c) Internet companies
d)

10) Who did Tim Berners-Lee ask to help him?
a) governments
b) the FBI
c) social media sites
d) all Internet users

Role play

Role A — News

You think news is the best thing about the Internet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so great online. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): social media, shopping or gaming.

Role B — Social Media

You think social media is the best thing about the Internet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so great online. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): news, shopping or gaming.

Role C — Shopping

You think shopping is the best thing about the Internet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so great online. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): social media, news or gaming.

Role D — Gaming

You think gaming is the best thing about the Internet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so great online. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): social media, news or shopping.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'wide'

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  • and 'web'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • lived
    • allow
    • five
    • simple
    • chilling
    • called
    • warned
    • first
    • wildfire
    • second
    • voters
    • killed




    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 - World Wide Web inventor worried about its future

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Internet'?
    3. Have you had a problem because of the Internet?
    4. Do you prefer the name 'Internet' or 'World Wide Web'?
    5. How has the Internet made your life better?
    6. What would life be like without the Internet?
    7. How can governments and companies misuse personal data?
    8. What do you think of the idea of free speech?
    9. Should we all check if news is fake or not?
    10. How can we help to keep the Internet safe?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'danger'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important is the Internet to you?
    5. How dangerous could the Internet be?
    6. What do you know about fake news?
    7. How dangerous is fake news?
    8. What do you do to protect your data online?
    9. How can advertising change politics?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Sir Tim Berners-Lee?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The man who (1) ____ the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned of the dangers of the Internet. He described his three (2) ____ worries about how the Internet is being misused. The first problem is fake news. He said websites and companies are creating fake news just to (3) ____ money, or to try and change people's political opinions. He said the danger (4) ____ that fake news "spreads like wildfire". The second problem is political advertising. He said adverts are (5) ____ in "unethical ways" to stop voters from voting or to make them click on fake news stories. His final concern is the misuse of personal data by governments. He said people are killed in some countries because (6) ____ the websites they visit.

    Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989. He said that it had "lived (7) ____ to [his] vision" in many ways. He said: "I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, (8) ____ opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries." His letter outlined a five-year strategy to keep his vision (9) ____. He said there were complex problems, and that the solutions would not be simple. He wants to put, "a (10) ____ level of data control back in the (11) ____ of people". He also wants to stop governments from looking at our online data, which he said creates a "chilling effect on free speech". And he wants to fight against fake news and misinformation. He called (12) ____ all Internet users to help.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

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    3. (a)     save     (b)     spend     (c)     print     (d)     make    
    4. (a)     be     (b)     is     (c)     do     (d)     have    
    5. (a)     user     (b)     uses     (c)     use     (d)     used    
    6. (a)     as     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     up     (b)     along     (c)     down     (d)     over    
    8. (a)     accolade     (b)     account     (c)     access     (d)     accept    
    9. (a)     livelihood     (b)     lifetime     (c)     life     (d)     alive    
    10. (a)     fair     (b)     fare     (c)     fear     (d)     far    
    11. (a)     hands     (b)     fingers     (c)     knuckles     (d)     palms    
    12. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     by     (d)     at

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

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    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    fpersonaldatabygovernments.Hesaidpeoplearekilledinsomecountri
    esbecauseofthewebsitestheyvisit.Berners-Leeinventedthewebi
    n1989.Hesaidthatithad"livedupto[his]vision"inmanyways.Hesaid:"
    Iimaginedthewebasanopenplatformthatwouldalloweveryone,every
    wheretoshareinformation,accessopportunitiesandcollaborateacros
    sgeographicandculturalboundaries."Hisletteroutlinedafive-yearstr
    ategytokeephisvisionalive.Hesaidtherewerecomplexproblems,andt
    hatthesolutionswouldnotbesimple.Hewantstoput,"afairlevelofdatac
    ontrolbackinthehandsofpeople".Healsowantstostopgovernmentsfro
    mlookingatouronlinedata,whichhesaidcreatesa"chillingeffectonfree
    speech".Andhewantstofightagainstfakenewsandmisinformation.He
    calledonallInternetuserstohelp.

    Free writing

    Write about World Wide Web for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the main dangers of the World Wide Web and what are the solutions?

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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. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. THE WORLD WIDE WEB: Make a poster about the World Wide Web. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. DANGERS: Write a magazine article about the dangers of the World Wide Web. Include imaginary interviews with people who think it will be safer in the future, and with those who think it will be more dangerous in the future.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. 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.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the World Wide Web. Ask him/her three questions about the World Wide Web. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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