The Reading / Listening - Smartphone Ban - Level 5

France voted to ban digital devices from schools. Lawmakers voted by 62-1 on Monday to prohibit students aged between 3 and 15 from bringing smartphones and tablets to school. The ban is part of a campaign to reduce addiction to technology. This was a campaign promise made by French President Emmanuel Macron. France's minister of education campaigned for the ban saying devices were harmful to children's development. He said they were a public health crisis and that the law protects children from the "phenomenon of screen addiction" and bad mobile phone use.



The new ban follows a law made in 2010 that meant students could not use their devices in lessons. Students with certain disabilities may be allowed to use their phones. Many lawmakers do not believe the ban is enough. They believe it is little more than a publicity stunt. Application of the ban to students aged over 15 will depend on the policy of individual schools. 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 and that it will not increase learning.

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    Smartphone Ban - Level 4 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. Lawmakers voted
  3. reduce addiction
  4. a campaign
  5. harmful to children's
  6. a public health
  7. the law protects
  8. screen
  1. to technology
  2. development
  3. children
  4. digital devices
  5. addiction
  6. promise
  7. by 62-1
  8. crisis

Paragraph 2

  1. a law made
  2. Students with certain
  3. lawmakers do not believe
  4. little more than a publicity
  5. depend on the policy
  6. mobile devices cause
  7. it is a backward
  8. it will not increase
  1. step
  2. stunt
  3. learning
  4. disabilities
  5. in 2010
  6. the ban is enough
  7. of individual schools
  8. cyber-addiction

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France (1) ___________________ digital devices from schools. Lawmakers voted by 62-1 on Monday (2) ___________________ aged between 3 and 15 from bringing smartphones and tablets to school. The ban is part of a campaign (3) ___________________ to technology. This was a campaign promise made by French President Emmanuel Macron. France's minister of education campaigned for the ban saying (4) ___________________ to children's development. He said they were a (5) ___________________ and that the law protects children from the "phenomenon (6) ___________________ " and bad mobile phone use.

The new ban (7) ___________________ made in 2010 that meant students could not use their devices in lessons. Students (8) ___________________ may be allowed to use their phones. Many lawmakers do not believe the ban is enough. They believe it is little more than (9) ___________________. Application of the ban to students aged over 15 will (10) ___________________ policy of individual schools. Experts say the increased use of mobile devices (11) ___________________, sleep disruption and bullying. Opponents of the ban say it is a backward step and that it will (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Francevotedtobandigitaldevicesfromschools.Lawmakersvotedby62
-1onMondaytoprohibitstudentsagedbetween3and15frombringings
martphonesandtabletstoschool.Thebanispartofacampaigntoreduce
addictiontotechnology.ThiswasacampaignpromisemadebyFrenchPr
esidentEmmanuelMacron.France'sministerofeducationcampaigned
forthebansayingdeviceswereharmfultochildren'sdevelopment.Hesa
idtheywereapublichealthcrisisandthatthelawprotectschildrenfromth
e"phenomenonofscreenaddiction"andbadmobilephoneuse.Thenew
banfollowsalawmadein2010thatmeantstudentscouldnotusetheirde
vicesinlessons.Studentswithcertaindisabilitiesmaybeallowedtouset
heirphones.Manylawmakersdonotbelievethebanisenough.Theybeli
eveitislittlemorethanapublicitystunt.Applicationofthebantostudents
agedover15willdependonthepolicyofindividualschools.Expertssayth
eincreaseduseofmobiledevicescausescyber-addiction,sleepdisru
ptionandbullying.Opponentsofthebansayitisabackwardstepandthati
twillnotincreaselearning.

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

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Free writing

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