The Reading / Listening - Internet - Level 2

The World Wide Web is thirty years old. Its inventor has written about it on the 30th anniversary. He was worried about how people are using the Internet and its two billion websites. He is concerned about the future of the Web. He wrote that he knew many people felt unsure about whether the Web was "a force for good". He believes it can be and that it can empower billions of people. He believes governments and companies must build a better Internet. He said: "If we give up on building a better Web now, then the Web will not have failed us. We will have failed the Web."



The inventor had three main worries about the World Wide Web. He said it was a "mirror of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". The first worry was criminal behavior, like hacking and online harassment. Governments must pass laws to keep people safe. A second worry is how social media spreads misinformation, especially fake news. Many people were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. A final worry is about people's privacy. The inventor stressed the importance of fighting for a better and safer Web. He wants it to be free to use.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Internet - Level 0 Internet - Level 1   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. on the 30th
  3. worried about how people are
  4. concerned about the future
  5. many people felt
  6. a force
  7. it can empower
  8. If we give
  1. using the Internet
  2. unsure
  3. billions of people
  4. thirty years old
  5. of the Web
  6. anniversary
  7. up
  8. for good

Paragraph 2

  1. a mirror
  2. criminal behavior, like
  3. social
  4. fake
  5. Many people were
  6. A final worry is about
  7. the importance of
  8. He wants it to
  1. news
  2. fighting
  3. hacking
  4. be free to use
  5. media
  6. tricked
  7. of humanity
  8. people's privacy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The World Wide Web is thirty years old. Its (1) ___________________ about it on the 30th anniversary. He was worried about how people are using the Internet and (2) ___________________ websites. He is concerned about the future of the Web. He wrote that he knew many (3) ___________________ about whether the Web was "a force for good". He believes it can be and that it can (4) ___________________ people. He believes governments and companies must build a better Internet. He said: "If we (5) ___________________ building a better Web now, then the Web will not have failed us. We will (6) ___________________ Web."

The inventor had three (7) ___________________ the World Wide Web. He said it was a "(8) ___________________" where "you will see good and bad". The first worry was criminal behavior, like (9) ___________________ harassment. Governments must pass laws to keep people safe. A second worry is how social media spreads misinformation, (10) ___________________. Many people were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. A final worry is (11) ___________________. The inventor stressed the importance of fighting for a better and safer Web. He wants to be (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheWorldWideWebisthirtyyearsold.Itsinventorhaswrittenaboutiton
the30thanniversary.HewasworriedabouthowpeopleareusingtheInt
ernetanditstwobillionwebsites.Heisconcernedaboutthefutureofthe
Web.HewrotethatheknewmanypeoplefeltunsureaboutwhethertheW
ebwas"aforceforgood".Hebelievesitcanbeandthatitcanempowerbilli
onsofpeople.Hebelievesgovernmentsandcompaniesmustbuildabett
erInternet.Hesaid:"IfwegiveuponbuildingabetterWebnow,thenthe
Webwillnothavefailedus.WewillhavefailedtheWeb."Theinventorhadt
hreemainworriesabouttheWorldWideWeb.Hesaiditwasa"mirrorofhu
manity"where"youwillseegoodandbad".Thefirstworrywascriminalb
ehavior,likehackingandonlineharassment.Governmentsmustpassla
wstokeeppeoplesafe.Asecondworryishowsocialmediaspreadsmisinf
ormation,especiallyfakenews.Manypeopleweretrickedduringthe201
6USpresidentialelectionandtheUKBrexitvote.Afinalworryisaboutpeo
ple'sprivacy.Theinventorstressedtheimportanceoffightingforabette
randsaferWeb.Hewantstobefreetouse.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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