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Date: Oct 8, 2005
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THE ARTICLE

The Australian Bible Society has just created a new version of the Bible. People can now read the holy book in SMS message form. This is the text language used in millions of e-mail messages sent from mobile phones. It is the world’s most modern form of communication. Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant said: “The old days when the Bible was only available [with a] black cover with a cross on it are gone.…We want to open it up for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.” It took one person four weeks to translate all 31,173 verses of the Bible.

Traditional Bible readers are a little shocked at the shortened Bible. Many people believe it lacks the quality and charm of the original book. However, many younger people do not read the Bible because they think the language is old and boring. Mr. Chant said the text version would open the Bible up to the young, who are almost addicted to their mobile phones. He added: “The idea is that the Bible can be…up-to-date, just like…reading a horoscope.” Although the new service is very popular, it is not cheap. The whole Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text.

WARM-UPS

1. HOLY BOOK: In pairs / groups, talk about your history with holy books. When did you first start reading one? Do you like or dislike them? Have you read holy books from different religions? Do you have favorite verses?

2. TXT MSG: How much do you know about text language in English? With your partner(s), try to guess the meaning of the words in the left column. If you have difficulty, match them with the standard English on the right.

  1. b4
  2. gonna
  3. luv
  4. xlnt
  5. ruok
  6. cul8er
  7. 2moro
  8. sum1
  9. gr8
  10. oic

1.  Are you OK?
2.  before
3.  excellent
4.  going to
5.  great
6.  love
7.  Oh, I see.
8.  See you later.
9.  someone
10. tomorrow

3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most interesting and which are most boring.

Australia / Bible / holy books / e-mail messages / communication / cross / translations / boring language / mobile phones / horoscopes / $6,000

Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and partners frequently.

4. COMMUNICATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word “communication”. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

5. SHORTER & SHRTR: In pairs / groups, talk about texts that would be more convenient if they were written in text language (newspapers, exam papers, railway timetables, restaurant menus, legal contracts, instructions, road signs…).

6. SMS (Short Message Service) OPINIONS: Do you agree with these opinions on language and SMS / text language? Talk about them with your partner(s).

  1. I don’t like my language changing.
  2. Shorter text language is more convenient.
  3. Text message is too difficult for most people.
  4. Holy books are too important to be translated into text (SMS) language.
  5. I’m worried my children will not be able to spell correctly.
  6. SMS simply allows people to be lazy.
  7. I love all this new, shortened language.
  8. I don’t want to learn English text language.

 
 

BEFORE READING / LISTENING

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

We can now read the Bible in an English that uses shorter words.

T / F

b.

SMS text is the world’s most modern form of communication.

T / F

c.

Nowadays, Bibles are only available with black covers.

T / F

d.

One person converted all 31,173 verses of the Bible in four weeks.

T / F

e.

Bible readers love the new shortened text Bible.

T / F

f.

Many young people think the Bible’s language is old and boring.

T / F

g.

The new text message Bible will be free with daily horoscopes.

T / F

h.

The entire Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text.

T / F

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

a.

created

up-to-date

b.

form

inexpensive

c.

mobile phones

uninteresting

d.

modern

cellular telephones

e.

translate

obsessed

f.

shortened

made

g.

boring

abbreviated

h.

addicted

convert

i.

cheap

entire

j.

whole

format

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a.

created a new version

and boring

b.

holy

all 31,173 verses

c.

the world’s most modern form

book

d.

open it up for people

is very popular

e.

four weeks to translate

$US6,000 to send by text

f.

the shortened

of all ages

g.

it lacks the quality and

of the Bible

h.

the language is old

Bible

i.

the new service

of communication

j.

The whole Bible would cost

charm of the original book



 
 

AFTER READING / LISTENING

GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the gaps in the text.

Bible translated for mobile phones

BNE: The Australian Bible Society has just ________ a new version of the Bible. People can now read the ________ book in SMS message form. This is the text language ________ in millions of e-mail messages sent from mobile phones. It is the world’s most ________ form of communication. Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant said: “The ________ days when the Bible was only available [with a] black cover with a ________ on it are gone.…We want to ________ it up for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.” It took one person four weeks to translate all 31,173 ________ of the Bible.

 

 

open
modern
holy
old
verses
created
cross
used

Traditional Bible readers are a little shocked at the ________ Bible. Many people believe it ________ the quality and charm of the ________ book. However, many younger people do not read the Bible because they think the language is old and ________. Mr. Chant said the text ________ would open the Bible up to the young, who are almost ________ to their mobile phones. He added: “The idea is that the Bible can be…up-to-date, just like…reading a ________.” Although the new service is very popular, it is not ________. The whole Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text.

 

 

cheap
addicted
original
version
shortened
horoscope
lacks
boring

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘black’ and ‘cover’.

  • 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 gap fill. 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. STUDENT “TEXT MESSAGE” SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about the way mobile phones are changing language.

  • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.
  • Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

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

  • just
  • SMS
  • millions
  • modern
  • cross
  • one person
  • shocked
  • charm
  • boring
  • addicted
  • horoscope
  • $US6,000

DISCUSSION

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

  1. What did you think when you first read this headline?
  2. Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  3. Do you send e-mail messages using a mobile phone?
  4. Is modern technology changing your language?
  5. Are young people in your country having more problems with spelling?
  6. Do you read a holy book?
  7. What are the advantages of the new SMS Bible?
  8. Would you prefer reading a traditional book?
  9. Do you think new technology is changing the world too quickly?
  10. Do you think text messaging will mean people will become poor at English (or your language)?

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

  1. Did you like reading this article?
  2. What do you think about what you read?
  3. Do you think receiving a verse of a holy book on your mobile phone in shortened form is a good idea?
  4. Do you think the new SMS Bible service will be popular?
  5. Do you think there should be more ways to encourage young people to read holy books?
  6. What are the advantages of text messaging?
  7. What do you think religious leaders will say about holy books in text language?
  8. Would you download verses from a holy book on your mobile?
  9. Which would you prefer to download, a verse from a holy book or your horoscope?
  10. Did you like this discussion?

AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about.

  1. What question would you like to ask about this topic?
  2. What was the most interesting thing you heard?
  3. Was there a question you didn’t like?
  4. Was there something you totally disagreed with?
  5. What did you like talking about?
  6. Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions?
  7. Which was the most difficult question?

SPEAKING

MORE TEXT: In pairs / groups, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of having the following kinds of text written only in text language:

TEXT

ADVANTAGES

DISADVANTAGES

Newspapers

 

 

Exam papers

 

 

Railway timetables

 

 

Restaurant menus

 

 

Medicine instructions

 

 

Legal contracts

 

 

Road signs

 

 

Other

 

 

Change partners and tell each other about what you talked about earlier.

Should the world have more text language?

LISTENING

Listen and fill in the spaces.

Bible translated for mobile phones

The Australian Bible Society has just created a new ________ of the Bible. People can now read the _____ book in SMS message form. This is the text language used in _________ of e-mail messages sent from mobile phones. It is the world’s most modern ______ of communication. Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant said: “The old days when the Bible was only available [with a] black cover with a ______ on it are gone.…We want to open it up for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.” It took one person four weeks to ___________ all 31,173 verses of the Bible.

Traditional Bible readers are a little shocked at the ____________ Bible. Many people believe it lacks the quality and _______ of the original book. However, many younger people do not read the Bible because they think the language is old and _______. Mr. Chant said the text version would open the Bible up to the young, who are almost __________ to their mobile phones. He added: “The idea is that the Bible can be…up-to-date, just like…reading a ___________.” Although the new service is very popular, it is not cheap. The ________ Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text.

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 more information on the new SMS Bible. Share your findings with your class in the next lesson.

3. TXT MSGNG: Find some examples of text messaging in English and write them down. Try to write a whole letter using text language. Show your messages to your classmates in your next lesson. Can they understand your message?

4. LETTER: Write a letter to the Language Society about text language. Tell him / her whether you think it is a good or bad idea and why. Did you all write about similar things?

ANSWERS

TXT MSG:

a - 2

b - 4

c - 6

d - 3

e - 1

f - 8

g - 10

h - 9

I - 5

j - 7

TRUE / FALSE:

a. T

b. T

c. F

d. T

e. F

f. T

g. F

h. T

SYNONYM MATCH:

a.

created

made

b.

form

format

c.

mobile phones

cellular telephones

d.

modern

up-to-date

e.

translate

convert

f.

shortened

abbreviated

g.

boring

uninteresting

h.

addicted

obsessed

i.

cheap

inexpensive

j.

whole

entire

PHRASE MATCH:

a.

created a new version

of the Bible

b.

holy

book

c.

the world’s most modern form

of communication

d.

open it up for people

of all ages

e.

four weeks to translate

all 31,173 verses

f.

the shortened

Bible

g.

it lacks the quality and

charm of the original book

h.

the language is old

and boring

i.

the new service

is very popular

j.

The whole Bible would cost

$US6,000 to send by text

GAP FILL:

Bible translated for mobile phones

The Australian Bible Society has just created a new version of the Bible. People can now read the holy book in SMS message form. This is the text language used in millions of e-mail messages sent from mobile phones. It is the world’s most modern form of communication. Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant said: “The old days when the Bible was only available [with a] black cover with a cross on it are gone.…We want to open it up for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.” It took one person four weeks to translate all 31,173 verses of the Bible.

Traditional Bible readers are a little shocked at the shortened Bible. Many people believe it lacks the quality and charm of the original book. However, many younger people do not read the Bible because they think the language is old and boring. Mr. Chant said the text version would open the Bible up to the young, who are almost addicted to their mobile phones. He added: “The idea is that the Bible can be…up-to-date, just like…reading a horoscope.” Although the new service is very popular, it is not cheap. The whole Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text.

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