The Reading / Listening - Internet - Level 0

The World Wide Web is thirty years old. Its inventor is worried about how people use it and the future of the Web. People don't know if the Web is "a force for good". It can help billions of people, but we must build a better Internet. The inventor said: "If we give up on building a better Web...we will have failed the Web."



The inventor had three worries about the Web. He called it a "mirror of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". The first worry is behavior like hacking. New laws must keep people safe. A second worry is social media spreading fake news. A final worry is about privacy. It is important to fight for a better, free and safer Web.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Internet - Level 1 Internet - Level 2   or  Internet - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/world-wide-web-turns-30-designer-laments-dark-side-190312030516811.html
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/11/tim-berners-lee-the-web-is-dysfunctional-with-perverse-incentives.html
  • https://www.apnews.com/794576f547f14d1f92b44c290a0ca2af


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The World Wide Web is
  2. worried about how
  3. the future of
  4. a force
  5. It can help billions
  6. we must build a
  7. give
  8. we will have failed
  1. the Web
  2. up
  3. of people
  4. the Web
  5. people use it
  6. for good
  7. thirty years old
  8. better Internet

Paragraph 2

  1. The inventor had three
  2. He called it a mirror
  3. New laws must keep
  4. A second worry is social
  5. fake
  6. A final worry is
  7. It is important
  8. a better, free and
  1. about privacy
  2. media
  3. worries
  4. safer Web
  5. people safe
  6. to fight
  7. of humanity
  8. news

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The World Wide Web is (1) ___________________. Its inventor is worried about how people use it (2) ___________________ of the Web. People don't know if the Web is "a (3) ___________________". It can help (4) ___________________, but we must (5) ___________________ Internet. The inventor said: "If we give up on building a better Web...we (6) ___________________ the Web."

The inventor had (7) ___________________ the Web. He called it a "mirror of humanity" where "you will (8) ___________________ bad". The (9) ___________________ behavior like hacking. New laws must (10) ___________________. A second worry is social media (11) ___________________. A final worry is about privacy. It is important to (12) ___________________ better, free and safer Web.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheWorldWideWebisthirtyyearsold.Itsinventorisworriedabouthowp
eopleuseitandthefutureoftheWeb.Peopledon'tknowiftheWebis"afor
ceforgood".Itcanhelpbillionsofpeople,butwemustbuildabetterIntern
et.Theinventorsaid:"IfwegiveuponbuildingabetterWeb...wewillhave
failedtheWeb."TheinventorhadthreeworriesabouttheWeb.Hecalledi
ta"mirrorofhumanity"where"youwillseegoodandbad".Thefirstworryi
sbehaviorlikehacking.Newlawsmustkeeppeoplesafe.Asecondworryi
ssocialmediaspreadingfakenews.Afinalworryisaboutprivacy.Itisimp
ortanttofightforabetter,freeandsaferWeb.

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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