The Reading / Listening - Social Media - Level 3

A former Facebook executive has said social media is doing great harm to society around the world. The executive is a man called Chamath Palihapitiya. He joined Facebook in 2007 and became a vice president. He was responsible for increasing the number of users Facebook had. Mr Palihapitiya said he feels very guilty about getting more people to use social networks. He said the networks are destroying society because they are changing people's behavior. Twenty years ago, people talked to each other face to face. Today, people message each other and do not talk. People also really care about what other people think of them. They post photos and wait to see how many people like the photo. They get very sad if people do not like the photo.



Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a long break from social media so they can experience real life. He wants people to value each other instead of valuing online "hearts, likes, and thumbs-up". Palihapitiya also points out how fake news is affecting how we see the world. It is becoming easier for large websites to spread lies. It is also becoming easier to hurt other people online. Anyone can hide behind a fake user name and post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a global problem. He is worried about social media so much that he has banned his children from using it. However, he did state that Facebook was a good company. He said: "Of course, it's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly does good in the world."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Social Media - Level 0 Social Media - Level 1   or  Social Media - Level 2

Sources
    https://www.
  • theverge.com
  • /2017/12/11/16761016/former-facebook-exec-ripping-apart-society http://
  • mashable.com
  • /2017/12/11/former-facebook-exec-destroying-how-society-works-chamath-palihapitiya/ https://www.
  • theguardian.com
  • /technology/2017/dec/11/facebook-former-executive-ripping-society-apart


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. SOCIAL MEDIA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about social media. 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?

       executive / social media / president / number / users / feeling guilty / social networks
       a long break / real life / online likes / websites / user name / global problem / fake

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

3. OVERWHELMINGLY GOOD: Students A strongly believe social networks are overwhelmingly good; Students B strongly believe social networks are overwhelmingly bad.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. SOCIAL MEDIA: What are the good and bad things about social media? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

Communication

 

 

News

 

 

Ego

 

 

Romance

 

 

Education

 

 

Bullying

 

 

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

6. ADVANTAGES: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest advantages of social media at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • getting advice
  • shopping
  • sharing music
  • seeing family photos
  • making friends
  • keeping in touch
  • getting advice
  • up-to-date news

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. former a. All of the people living together in a country.
      2. executive b. Being something, being in a job or being in a role before, but not now.
      3. harm c. Feeling bad about something you have done to other people (or to yourself).
      4. responsible d. A top manager in a business or organization.
      5. guilty e. Having a duty to do something or do a job.
      6. destroying f. Damage or hurt the health of someone or something.
      7. society g. Damaging something so it is totally broken.

    Paragraph 2

      8. break h. A rest or a pause to stop something for a short time.
      9. value i. Very, very, very strongly.
      10. thumbs-up j. Think about how important someone or something is.
      11. fake k. Stopped something from happening or stopped people from doing something.
      12. lies l. A sign that something is great by showing a thumb pointing upwards.
      13. banned m. A thing that is not real but is made to look like the real thing.
      14. overwhelmingly n. Things that people say that they know are not true.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. An ex-Facebook boss said social media is damaging society.     T / F
  2. The ex-boss feels guilty about getting more people to use social media.   T / F
  3. The ex-boss said social media does not change our behaviour.     T / F
  4. People message each other today instead of talking face to face.     T / F
  5. The ex-boss said people would benefit from a break from social media.    T / F
  6. The ex-boss suggested liking online likes is a thing we need to do more.  T / F
  7. It is becoming more difficult for big websites to spread fake news.     T / F
  8. The ex-boss said Facebook is "overwhelmingly bad".     T / F

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

  1. executive
  2. harm
  3. increasing
  4. wait
  5. sad
  6. experience
  7. value
  8. lies
  9. break
  10. overwhelmingly
  1. hold on
  2. unhappy
  3. face
  4. untruths
  5. damage
  6. appreciate
  7. boss
  8. hugely
  9. growing
  10. rest

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

  1. social media is doing great
  2. he feels very
  3. people talked to each other
  4. care about what other people
  5. They get very sad if people do
  6. people should take a long break
  7. valuing online hearts, likes, and
  8. Anyone can hide behind a fake user
  9. he has banned his
  10. Facebook overwhelmingly does
  1. name and post lies
  2. think of them
  3. good in the world
  4. harm to society
  5. thumbs-up
  6. face to face
  7. children from using it
  8. guilty
  9. not like the photo
  10. from social media

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
behavior
guilty
joined
post
executive
social
message
increasing

A former Facebook (1) ____________ has said social media is doing great harm to society around the world. The executive is a man called Chamath Palihapitiya. He (2) ____________ Facebook in 2007 and became a vice president. He was responsible for (3) ____________ the number of users Facebook had. Mr Palihapitiya said he feels very (4) ____________ about getting more people to use (5) ____________ networks. He said the networks are destroying society because they are changing people's (6) ____________. Twenty years ago, people talked to each other face to face. Today, people (7) ____________ each other and do not talk. People also really care about what other people think of them. They (8) ____________ photos and wait to see how many people like the photo. They get very sad if people do not like the photo.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fake
user
banned
break
good
lies
value
global

Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a long (9) ____________ from social media so they can experience real life. He wants people to (10) ____________ each other instead of valuing online "hearts, likes, and thumbs-up". Palihapitiya also points out how (11) ____________ news is affecting how we see the world. It is becoming easier for large websites to spread (12) ____________. It is also becoming easier to hurt other people online. Anyone can hide behind a fake (13) ____________ name and post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a (14) ____________ problem. He is worried about social media so much that he has (15) ____________ his children from using it. However, he did state that Facebook was a good company. He said: "Of course, it's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly does (16) ____________ in the world."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A former Facebook executive has said social media is doing ______ society
     a.  great harmful to
     b.  great harms to
     c.  great harmed to
     d.  great harm to

2)  He was responsible for increasing the ______ Facebook had
     a.  number of users
     b.  number of abusers
     c.  number of fusers
     d.  number of fuses

3) the networks are destroying society because they are changing ______
     a.  people's behavioral
     b.  people's behaviorally
     c.  people's behaving
     d.  people's behavior

4)  People also really care about what other people ______
     a.  thinks of them
     b.  thinking of then
     c.  think of them
     d.  think of then

5)  They get very sad if people do not ______
     a.  like them photo
     b.  like then photo
     c.  like the photo
     d.  like these photo

6)  Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a long ______ media
     a.  break from social
     b.  breaks from socially
     c.  broke from social
     d.  break from socially

7)  He wants people to value each other instead of ______ hearts
     a.  value in online
     b.  valuing on line
     c.  valuing on lines
     d.  valuing online

8)  It is becoming easier for large websites ______
     a.  to spread lives
     b.  to spread lays
     c.  to spread lies
     d.  to spread ails

9)  He is worried about social media so much that he has ______
     a.  binned his children
     b.  banned his children
     c.  band his children
     d.  bond his children

10)  it's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly ______ the world
     a.  does good in
     b.  does goodly in
     c.  does goodness in
     d.  does goods in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A former Facebook executive has said social media is (1) ___________________ to society around the world. The executive is a man called Chamath Palihapitiya. He joined Facebook in 2007 and became a vice president. He was responsible for increasing the (2) ___________________ Facebook had. Mr Palihapitiya said he (3) ___________________ about getting more people to use social networks. He said the networks are destroying society because they are changing people's behavior. Twenty years ago, people talked to each (4) ___________________ face. Today, people message each other and do not talk. People also really care about what other people (5) ___________________. They post photos and wait to see how many people like the photo. They get very (6) ___________________ do not like the photo.

Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a (7) ___________________ social media so they can experience real life. He wants people to value each other instead of valuing online "hearts, likes, (8) ___________________". Palihapitiya also points out (9) ___________________ is affecting how we see the world. It is becoming easier for large websites to spread lies. It is also becoming (10) ___________________ other people online. Anyone can hide behind a fake user name and post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was (11) ___________________. He is worried about social media so much that he has banned his children from using it. However, he did state that Facebook was a good company. He said: "Of course, it's (12) ___________________. Facebook overwhelmingly does good in the world."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who said social media is doing great harm to society?
  2. When did Chamath Palihapitiya join Facebook?
  3. How does Chamath Palihapitiya feel about increasing Facebook's users?
  4. What did Chamath Palihapitiya say social media is changing?
  5. What did Chamath Palihapitiya say people care about?
  6. What did Chamath Palihapitiya want people to experience?
  7. Who does Chamath Palihapitiya want people to value?
  8. What did Chamath Palihapitiya say is affecting how we see the world?
  9. Who did Chamath Palihapitiya ban from using social media?
  10. What did Mr Palihapitiya say "overwhelmingly does good in the world"?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who said social media is doing great harm to society?
a) Mark Zuckerberg
b) a former Facebook executive
c) a sociologist
d) the CEO of Twitter

2) When did Chamath Palihapitiya join Facebook?
a) 2017
b) 2012
c) 1997
d) 2007

3) How does Chamath Palihapitiya feel about increasing Facebook's users?
a) guilty
b) happy
c) good
d) nothing

4) What did Chamath Palihapitiya say social media is changing?
a) the Internet
b) poor countries
c) people's behavior
d) children

5) What did Chamath Palihapitiya say people care about?
a) Internet connection speeds
b) what others think
c) their fingers
d) money

 

6) What did Chamath Palihapitiya want people to experience?
a) jet coaster rides
b) virtual reality
c) real life
d) true love

7) Who does Chamath Palihapitiya want people to value?
a) poor people
b) him
c) Facebook staff
d) each other

8) What did Chamath Palihapitiya say is affecting how we see the world?
a) fake news
b) a website
c) CNN
d) digital glasses

9) Who did Chamath Palihapitiya ban from using social media?
a) his children
b) bad people
c) his boss
d) his wife

10) What did Mr Palihapitiya say "overwhelmingly does good in the world"?
a) the United Nations
b) Facebook
c) the Internet
d) rain

Role play

Role  A – Making Friends

You think making friends is the best thing about social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): up-to-date news, shopping or sharing family photos.

Role  B – Up-to-Date News

You think up-to-date news is the best thing about social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): making friends, shopping or sharing family photos.

Role  C – Shopping

You think shopping is the best thing about social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): up-to-date news, making friends or sharing family photos.

Role  D – Family Photos

You think sharing family photos is the best thing about social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why):  up-to-date news, shopping or making friends.

After reading / listening

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

'social'

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  • ________________
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  • and 'media'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • break
    • value
    • lies
    • hide
    • global
    • bad
    • former
    • man
    • guilty
    • changing
    • face
    • post




    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 - Social media 'destroying how society works'

    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 'socia'?
    3. What do you think of Facebook?
    4. How important is social media to you?
    5. What did people do before social media?
    6. What harm is social media doing to the world?
    7. What would it be like to be a Facebook executive?
    8. What things have you felt guilty about?
    9. How are social networks changing our behaviour?
    10. How much do you care about people liking your posts?

    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 'media'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of social media?
    5. Why would it be good to take a break from social media?
    6. What do you post on social media, and why?
    7. What do you think of fake news?
    8. Why is it dangerous for children to use social media?
    9. What good do you think Facebook does in the world?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the former Facebook executive?

    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)

    A former Facebook executive has said social media is (1) ____ great harm to society around the world. The executive is a man called Chamath Palihapitiya. He (2) ____ Facebook in 2007 and became a vice president. He was responsible (3) ____ increasing the number of users Facebook had. Mr Palihapitiya said he feels very guilty about getting more people to use social networks. He said the networks are destroying society because they are changing people's behavior. Twenty years ago, people talked to each other (4) ____ to face. Today, people message each other and do not talk. People also really (5) ____ about what other people think of them. They post photos and wait to see how many people like the photo. They get very (6) ____ if people do not like the photo.

    Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a long (7) ____ from social media so they can experience real life. He wants people to (8) ____ each other instead of valuing online "hearts, likes, and thumbs-up". Palihapitiya also points out how fake news is (9) ____ how we see the world. It is becoming easier for large websites to spread lies. It is also becoming easier to hurt other people online. Anyone can (10) ____ behind a fake user name and post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a global problem. He is worried about social media (11) ____ much that he has banned his children from using it. However, he did state that Facebook was a good company. He said: "Of course, it's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly does (12) ____ in the world."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     done     (b)     does     (c)     doing     (d)     did    
    2. (a)     joined     (b)     joint     (c)     joining     (d)     join    
    3. (a)     at     (b)     for     (c)     by     (d)     of    
    4. (a)     head     (b)     nose     (c)     body     (d)     face    
    5. (a)     careful     (b)     carefully     (c)     care     (d)     cared    
    6. (a)     sadly     (b)     sad     (c)     sadness     (d)     sadder    
    7. (a)     break     (b)     breakage     (c)     break-in     (d)     broke    
    8. (a)     valor     (b)     vale     (c)     valve     (d)     value    
    9. (a)     affected     (b)     affect     (c)     affecting     (d)     affects    
    10. (a)     bide     (b)     ride     (c)     tide     (d)     hide    
    11. (a)     really     (b)     so     (c)     very     (d)     as    
    12. (a)     good     (b)     goodly     (c)     goodies     (d)     goodness

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     websites to spread lies. It is also becoming easier to hurt other people online. Anyone can hide

    (    )     them. They post photos and wait to see how many people like the photo. They get very sad if people do not like the photo.

    (    )     life. He wants people to value each other instead of valuing online "hearts, likes, and thumbs-

    (    )     society because they are changing people's behavior. Twenty years ago, people talked to each other face to

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    (    )     increasing the number of users Facebook had. Mr Palihapitiya said he feels very guilty

    (    )     called Chamath Palihapitiya. He joined Facebook in 2007 and became a vice president. He was responsible for

    (    )     behind a fake user name and post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a global problem. He is worried

    (    )     about getting more people to use social networks. He said the networks are destroying

    (    )     face. Today, people message each other and do not talk. People also really care about what other people think of

    (    )     up". Palihapitiya also points out how fake news is affecting how we see the world. It is becoming easier for large

    (    )     about social media so much that he has banned his children from using it. However, he did state that Facebook

    Put the words in the right order

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    8. people   other   hurt   to   easier   becoming   is   It   .
    9. hide   can   Anyone   name   user   fake   a   behind   .
    10. children   his   banned   has   He   it   using   from   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a long broken / break from social media so they can experience real / really life. He wants people to value each other instead for / of valuing online "hearts, likes, and thumbs-up". Palihapitiya also points out how fake news are / is affecting how we see the world. It is becoming easier for large websites to spread lie / lies. It is also becoming easier to hurt another / other people online. Anyone can hide behind / before a fake user name and post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a globally / global problem. He is worried about social media so much that he has banned his children from using it. However, he did state / stating that Facebook was a good company. He said: "Of course, it's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly does good on / in the world."

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    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Mr P_l_h_p_t_y_ s__d p__pl_ sh__ld t_k_ _ l_ng br__k fr_m s_c__l m_d__ s_ th_y c_n _xp_r__nc_ r__l l_f_. H_ w_nts p__pl_ t_ v_l__ __ch _th_r _nst__d _f v_l__ng _nl_n_ "h__rts, l_k_s, _nd th_mbs-_p". P_l_h_p_t_y_ _ls_ p__nts __t h_w f_k_ n_ws _s _ff_ct_ng h_w w_ s__ th_ w_rld. _t _s b_c_m_ng __s__r f_r l_rg_ w_bs_t_s t_ spr__d l__s. _t _s _ls_ b_c_m_ng __s__r t_ h_rt _th_r p__pl_ _nl_n_. _ny_n_ c_n h_d_ b_h_nd _ f_k_ _s_r n_m_ _nd p_st l__s _b__t _th_r p__pl_. P_l_h_p_t_y_ s__d th_s w_s _ gl_b_l pr_bl_m. H_ _s w_rr__d _b__t s_c__l m_d__ s_ m_ch th_t h_ h_s b_nn_d h_s ch_ldr_n fr_m _s_ng _t. H_w_v_r, h_ d_d st_t_ th_t F_c_b__k w_s _ g__d c_mp_ny. H_ s__d: "_f c__rs_, _t's n_t _ll b_d. F_c_b__k _v_rwh_lm_ngly d__s g__d _n th_ w_rld."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a former facebook executive has said social media is doing great harm to society around the world the executive is a man called chamath palihapitiya he joined facebook in 2007 and became a vice president he was responsible for increasing the number of users facebook had mr palihapitiya said he feels very guilty about getting more people to use social networks he said the networks are destroying society because they are changing people's behavior twenty years ago people talked to each other face to face today people message each other and do not talk people also really care about what other people think of them they post photos and wait to see how many people like the photo they get very sad if people do not like the photo

    mr palihapitiya said people should take a long break from social media so they can experience real life he wants people to value each other instead of valuing online "hearts likes and thumbs-up" palihapitiya also points out how fake news is affecting how we see the world it is becoming easier for large websites to spread lies it is also becoming easier to hurt other people online anyone can hide behind a fake user name and post lies about other people palihapitiya said this was a global problem he is worried about social media so much that he has banned his children from using it however he did state that facebook was a good company he said "of course it's not all bad facebook overwhelmingly does good in the world"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AformerFacebookexecutivehassaidsocialmediaisdoinggreatharmto
    societyaroundtheworld.TheexecutiveisamancalledChamathPalihapi
    tiya.HejoinedFacebookin2007andbecameavicepresident.Hewasres
    ponsibleforincreasingthenumberofusersFacebookhad.MrPalihapitiy
    asaidhefeelsveryguiltyaboutgettingmorepeopletousesocialnetwork
    s.Hesaidthenetworksaredestroyingsocietybecausetheyarechanging
    people'sbehavior.Twentyyearsago,peopletalkedtoeachotherfacetof
    ace.Today,peoplemessageeachotheranddonottalk.Peoplealsoreally
    careaboutwhatotherpeoplethinkofthem.Theypostphotosandwaittos
    eehowmanypeoplelikethephoto.Theygetverysadifpeopledonotliket
    hephoto.MrPalihapitiyasaidpeopleshouldtakealongbreakfromsocial
    mediasotheycanexperiencereallife.Hewantspeopletovalueeachothe
    rinsteadofvaluingonline"hearts,likes,andthumbs-up".Palihapitiya
    alsopointsouthowfakenewsisaffectinghowweseetheworld.Itisbeco
    mingeasierforlargewebsitestospreadlies.Itisalsobecomingeasiertoh
    urtotherpeopleonline.Anyonecanhidebehindafakeusernameandpos
    tliesaboutotherpeople.Palihapitiyasaidthiswasaglobalproblem.Heis
    worriedaboutsocialmediasomuchthathehasbannedhischildrenfrom
    usingit.However,hedidstatethatFacebookwasagoodcompany.Hesai
    d:"Ofcourse,it'snotallbad.Facebookoverwhelminglydoesgoodinthe
    world."

    Free writing

    Write about social media for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the pros and cons of social media? Is it good? Why / Why not?

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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 this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SOCIAL MEDIA: Make a poster about social media. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. GOOD IN THE WORLD: Write a magazine article about social media being a great force for good in the world . Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    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 social media. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can make social media better. 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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