The Reading / Listening - Smartphone Ban - Level 4

France voted to ban digital devices from schools. A new law will prohibit students up to the age of 15 from bringing smartphones to school. The ban is part of a campaign to reduce smartphone addiction. In 2017, France's president promised to ban digital devices in schools. The education minister said the devices were harmful to children's development and a "public health crisis". The law protects children from the "phenomenon of screen addiction".



Students have not been allowed to use their devices in lessons since 2010. Many lawmakers do not believe the new ban is enough. They believe it is just a publicity stunt. Schools must decide themselves whether or not to apply the new law to 15-year-olds. Experts say the increased use of mobile devices causes cyber-addiction, sleep disruption and bullying. Opponents of the ban say it is a backward step. They say it will not increase learning.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Smartphone Ban - Level 5 or  Smartphone Ban - Level 6

Sources
  • https://mashable.com/2018/08/01/france-smartphone-tablet-ban-school/
  • https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/01/france-bans-smartphones-schools/
  • https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/1/17640476/france-bans-smartphone-cellphones-school-emmanuel-macron


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. France voted to ban
  2. A new law will
  3. reduce smartphone
  4. The education
  5. the devices were
  6. a public health
  7. The law protects
  8. the phenomenon
  1. addiction
  2. of screen addiction
  3. harmful
  4. digital devices
  5. children
  6. minister
  7. prohibit students
  8. crisis

Paragraph 2

  1. allowed to use
  2. the new ban
  3. a publicity
  4. Schools must decide
  5. use of mobile devices
  6. sleep
  7. it is a backward
  8. it will not increase
  1. disruption
  2. stunt
  3. learning
  4. is enough
  5. step
  6. themselves
  7. their devices
  8. causes cyber-addiction

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France (1) ___________________ digital devices from schools. A new law will prohibit students up (2) ___________________ of 15 from bringing smartphones to school. The ban (3) ___________________ a campaign to reduce smartphone addiction. In 2017, France's president (4) ___________________ digital devices in schools. The education minister said the devices (5) ___________________ children's development and a "public health crisis". The (6) ___________________ from the "phenomenon of screen addiction".

Students have not been allowed to use (7) ___________________ lessons since 2010. Many lawmakers do not believe the new (8) ___________________. They believe it is just (9) ___________________. Schools must decide themselves whether or (10) ___________________ the new law to 15-year-olds. Experts say the increased use of mobile devices (11) ___________________, sleep disruption and bullying. Opponents of the ban say it is (12) ___________________. They say it will not increase learning.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Francevotedtobandigitaldevicesfromschools.Anewlawwillprohibitst
udentsuptotheageof15frombringingsmartphonestoschool.Thebanis
partofacampaigntoreducesmartphoneaddiction.In2017,France'spr
esidentpromisedtobandigitaldevicesinschools.Theeducationministe
rsaidthedeviceswereharmfultochildren'sdevelopmentanda"publich
ealthcrisis".Thelawprotectschildrenfromthe"phenomenonofscreena
ddiction".Studentshavenotbeenallowedtousetheirdevicesinlessons
since2010.Manylawmakersdonotbelievethenewbanisenough.Theyb
elieveitisjustapublicitystunt.Schoolsmustdecidethemselveswhether
ornottoapplythenewlawto15-year-olds.Expertssaytheincreasedus
eofmobiledevicescausescyber-addiction,sleepdisruptionandbull
ying.Opponentsofthebansayitisabackwardstep.Theysayitwillnotincr
easelearning.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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