The Reading / Listening - Level 1

British people spend more time using technology than sleeping. A communications agency found that Britons use technology for 20 minutes longer than they sleep. The average adult uses technology for eight hours and 41 minutes a day. One of the biggest reasons for this is high-speed Internet. People spend more time online. Many people use their phone while watching television. Television was the most popular activity, at an average of three hours a day.



The study found that six-year-olds understand technology the same as 45-year-olds. Fifteen-year-olds understand technology the best. Technology is changing how we communicate. We are becoming more anti-social. We are moving away from face-to-face conversations. People are becoming glued to their phones. Technology also means people are working when they get home after they finish work.

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Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/we-now-spend-more-time-in-front-of-a-screen-than-in-bed-ofcom-study-shows-9652631.html
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/06/britain-communications-idUSL6N0QC4NF20140806
  • http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/news/cmr-2014/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

people spend more time

a.

time online

2.

A communications

b.

adult

3.

Britons use technology

c.

agency

4.

The average

d.

Internet

5.

One of the biggest

e.

of three hours a day

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high-speed

f.

using technology

7.

People spend more

g.

reasons for this

8.

an average

h.

for 20 minutes longer



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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six-year-olds

a.

glued to their phones

2.

the same

b.

technology the best

3.

Fifteen-year-olds understand

c.

anti-social

4.

Technology is changing

d.

work

5.

We are becoming more

e.

understand technology

6.

moving away from face-

f.

how we communicate

7.

People are becoming

g.

as 45-year-olds

8.

after they finish

h.

to-face conversations

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

British people (1) ___________________ technology than sleeping. A communications (2) ___________________ Britons use technology for 20 minutes longer than they sleep. The (3) ___________________ technology for eight hours and 41 minutes a day. One of (4) ___________________ for this is high-speed Internet. People spend (5) ___________________. Many people use their phone while watching television. Television was the most popular activity, (6) ___________________ three hours a day.

(7) ___________________ six-year-olds understand technology the same as 45-year-olds. (8) ___________________ understand technology the best. Technology (9) ___________________ communicate. We are becoming (10) ___________________. We are moving away from face-to-face conversations. People are becoming (11) ___________________. Technology also means people are working when they get home (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Britishpeoplespendmoretimeusingtechnologythansleeping.Acommunicatio
nsagencyfoundthatBritonsusetechnologyfor20minuteslongerthantheyslee
p.Theaverageadultusestechnologyforeighthoursand41minutesaday.Oneoft
hebiggestreasonsforthisishigh-speedInternet.Peoplespendmoretimeo
nline.Manypeopleusetheirphonewhilewatchingtelevision.Televisionwasthe
mostpopularactivity,atanaverageofthreehoursaday.Thestudyfoundthatsix-
year-oldsunderstandtechnologythesameas45-year-olds.Fifteen-year-olds
understandtechnologythebest.Technologyischanginghowwecommunicate.
Wearebecomingmoreanti-social.Wearemovingawayfromface-to-facec
onversations.Peoplearebecominggluedtotheirphones.Technologyalsomean
speopleareworkingwhentheygethomeaftertheyfinishwork.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about technology for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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