The Reading / Listening - Internet - Level 3

The World Wide Web is now thirty years old. Its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken about his creation on its 30th anniversary. He said he was worried about how people are using the Internet and its two billion websites today. He also said he is concerned about the future of the Web. He wrote a letter saying he knew many people felt unsure about whether the Web was "a force for good". He believes it can be a force for good and can empower billions of people. He wrote that he believed governments and companies must work together to 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."



Sir Tim had three main concerns about the World Wide Web. The first was criminal behavior, like state-sponsored hacking and online harassment. He described it as a "mirror of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". He said governments must pass laws to keep people safe. A second thing that worried Berners-Lee is how social media is used to spread misinformation. The past few years have seen a rise in fake news. In particular, how people were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. Berners-Lee is also worried about people's privacy and personal information. He stressed the importance of fighting for a better and safer Web and keeping it free for everyone to use.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Internet - Level 0 Internet - Level 1   or  Internet - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. THE INTERNET: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the Internet. 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?
       thirty / creation / anniversary / websites / future / force / governments / Internet /
       concerns / criminal / behaviour / humanity / social media / election / information
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FORCE FOR GOOD: Students A strongly believe the Internet is a force for good; Students B strongly believe it is dangerous.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TECHNOLOGY: How great are these things? How can they be improved? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Great?

Improvements

The Internet

 

 

Computers

 

 

Smartphones

 

 

Driverless cars

 

 

Wearable tech

 

 

MP3s

 

 

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5. ANNIVERSARY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "anniversary". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ONLINE DANGERS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best online dangers at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • fake news
  • lack of exercise
  • falling social skills
  • viruses
  • identity theft
  • hacking
  • cyber-bullying
  • phishing

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. inventor a. Stop making an effort to do something you wanted to do.
      2. anniversary b. A clever person who created a new process or device for the first time.
      3. billion c. A person or thing thought of as having power or influence.
      4. concerned d. The date on which an event took place in a previous year.
      5. force e. Worried.
      6. empower f. One thousand million (1,000,000,000).
      7. give up g. Give someone the power or ability to do something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. criminal h. A person broke the law.
      9. state-sponsored i. Being free from being looked at or disturbed by other people.
      10. harassment j. Backed and carried out by a government.
      11. humanity k. Fooled by a sly or skillful act or scheme.
      12. fake l. Unfair and strong pressure, words or actions against someone that makes them feel bad.
      13. tricked m. All the people in the world.
      14. privacy n. Not real; not genuine.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The World Wide Web is now fifty years old.     T / F
  2. The article said there are two billion websites online.     T / F
  3. The Web's inventor knows people wonder if the Web is a force for good.  T / F
  4. The Web's inventor said we must not give up on making a better Web.    T / F
  5. The Web's inventor said he had five main worries about the Web.     T / F
  6. Sir Tim Berners-Lee called the Web a "mirror of humanity".     T / F
  7. The past few years have seen a decline in fake news.     T / F
  8. Tim Berners-Lee said it was not important to fight for a better Web.     T / F

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

  1. inventor
  2. worried
  3. unsure
  4. believed
  5. build
  6. criminal
  7. behaviour
  8. misinformation
  9. tricked
  10. free
  1. unlawful
  2. thought
  3. deceived
  4. conduct
  5. concerned
  6. lies
  7. construct
  8. creator
  9. without charge
  10. undecided

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

  1. spoken about his creation on its
  2. he is concerned
  3. a force
  4. governments and companies must
  5. give up on building
  6. state-sponsored hacking and
  7. described it as a mirror
  8. during the 2016 US presidential
  9. He stressed the importance
  10. keeping it free
  1. for good
  2. of fighting
  3. a better Web
  4. of humanity
  5. about the future
  6. for everyone to use
  7. 30th anniversary
  8. online harassment
  9. work together
  10. election

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
billion
whether
on
inventor
concerned
failed
creation
force

The World Wide Web is now thirty years old. Its (1) ____________, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken about his (2) ____________ on its 30th anniversary. He said he was worried about how people are using the Internet and its two (3) ____________ websites today. He also said he is (4) ____________ about the future of the Web. He wrote a letter saying he knew many people felt unsure about (5) ____________ the Web was "a force for good". He believes it can be a (6) ____________ for good and can empower billions of people. He wrote that he believed governments and companies must work together to build a better Internet. He said: "If we give up (7) ____________ building a better Web now, then the Web will not have (8) ____________ us. We will have failed the Web."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
mirror
stressed
concerns
spread
hacking
tricked
safe
fake

Sir Tim had three main (9) ____________ about the World Wide Web. The first was criminal behavior, like state-sponsored (10) ____________ and online harassment. He described it as a "(11) ____________ of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". He said governments must pass laws to keep people (12) ____________. A second thing that worried Berners-Lee is how social media is used to (13) ____________ misinformation. The past few years have seen a rise in (14) ____________ news. In particular, how people were (15) ____________ during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. Berners-Lee is also worried about people's privacy and personal information. He (16) ____________ the importance of fighting for a better and safer Web and keeping it free for everyone to use.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Sir Tim Berners-Lee has spoken about his creation on its ______
     a.  30th any bursary
     b.  30th and reverse airy
     c.  30th Annie verse airy
     d.  30th anniversary
2)  many people felt unsure about whether the Web was "a ______"
     a.  farce for good
     b.  force for good
     c.  fierce for good
     d.  fours for good
3)  He believes it can be a force for good and can ______
     a.  and power billions
     b.  in power billion
     c.  empower billions
     d.  empowers billion
4)  believed governments and companies must work together to ______ Internet
     a.  builder better
     b.  build a bet a
     c.  builder bet tar
     d.  build a better
5)  the Web will not have failed us. We will have ______
     a.  failed the Web
     b.  failed a Web
     c.  failed their Web
     d.  failed them Web

6)  The first was criminal behavior, like state-sponsored hacking and ______
     a.  offline harassment
     b.  incline harassment
     c.  inline harassment
     d.  online harassment
7)  A second thing that worried Berners-Lee is how social ______
     a.  medium is used
     b.  mediate is used
     c.  media is used
     d.  medial is used
8)  The past few years have seen a rise ______
     a.  in faked news
     b.  in fakes news
     c.  in fake news
     d.  in faker news
9)  Berners-Lee is also worried about people's privacy and ______
     a.  personally information
     b.  personal information
     c.  personalized information
     d.  personality information
10)  He stressed the importance of fighting for a better and safer Web and ______
     a.  keep ping it free
     b.  keep pin it free
     c.  keep punt free
     d.  keeping it free

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The World Wide Web is now thirty years old. Its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken about (1) ___________________ its 30th anniversary. He said he was worried about how people are using the Internet and its two (2) ___________________. He also said he is concerned about the future of the Web. He wrote a letter saying he knew many (3) ___________________ about whether the Web was "a force for good". He believes it can be a force for good (4) ___________________ billions of people. He wrote that he believed governments and companies must (5) ___________________ 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 (6) ___________________ the Web."

Sir Tim had (7) ___________________ about the World Wide Web. The first was criminal behavior, like state-sponsored (8) ___________________ harassment. He described it as a "mirror of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". He said governments (9) ___________________ to keep people safe. A second thing that worried Berners-Lee is how social media is used to spread misinformation. The past few years have seen a (10) ___________________ news. In particular, how people were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. Berners-Lee is also worried (11) ___________________ and personal information. He stressed the importance of fighting for a better and safer Web and (12) ___________________ for everyone to use.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is the World Wide Web?
  2. How many websites did the article say was on the World Wide Web?
  3. What are people doubting the World Wide Web is a force for?
  4. What does Sir Tim Berners-Lee want governments to build?
  5. What will we fail if we give up on the Web?
  6. How many concerns did Sir Tim Berners-Lee have?
  7. What did Sir Tim describe the Web as a mirror of?
  8. What did Sir Tim say social media spread?
  9. What have the past few years seen a rise in?
  10. What did Sir Tim want us to fight for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How old is the World Wide Web?
a) 50
b) 20
c) 40
d) 30
2) How many websites did the article say was on the World Wide Web?
a) 200,000,000
b) two billion
c) 2 million
d) 2,000,000
3) What are people doubting the World Wide Web is a force for?
a) communication
b) power
c) good
d) change
4) What does Sir Tim Berners-Lee want governments to build?
a) a better Web
b) more Internet cables
c) communities
d) a giant website
5) What will we fail if we give up on the Web?
a) social media
b) the electricity
c) the Web
d) exams

6) How many concerns did Sir Tim Berners-Lee have?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5
7) What did Sir Tim describe the Web as a mirror of?
a) news
b) life
c) social media
d) humanity
8) What did Sir Tim say social media spread?
a) misinformation
b) good news
c) photos of cute cats
d) everywhere
9) What have the past few years seen a rise in?
a) tweets
b) smartphones
c) fake news
d) good news
10) What did Sir Tim want us to fight for?
a) our rights
b) a better and safer web
c) cheaper Internet
d) real news

Role play

Role  A – Hacking
You think hacking is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their dangers aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): cyber-bullying, fake news or lack of exercise.

Role  B – Cyber-bullying
You think cyber-bullying is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their dangers aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): hacking, fake news or lack of exercise.

Role  C – Fake News
You think fake news is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their dangers aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): cyber-bullying, hacking or lack of exercise.

Role  D – Lack of Exercise
You think a lack of exercise is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their dangers aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): cyber-bullying, fake news or hacking.

After reading / listening

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

'world'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'wide'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • main
    • online
    • second
    • past
    • privacy
    • free
    • old
    • creation
    • unsure
    • empower
    • build
    • us




    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 - Inventor of World Wide Web says it must change

    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 'Internet'?
    3. What do you know about the World Wide Web?
    4. When did you first use the Internet?
    5. What would life be like without the Internet?
    6. What are your favourite websites?
    7. What worries do you have about the Internet?
    8. Is the Internet a force for good?
    9. How does the Internet empower people?
    10. What will the Web be like in 30 years from now?

    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 'anniversary'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about the name 'World Wide Web'?
    5. How important is the Internet to you?
    6. How dangerous is hacking?
    7. Is the Internet a mirror of humanity?
    8. What do you think of social media?
    9. How do we know what news is true and what is fake?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Sir Tim Berners-Lee?

    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)

    The World Wide Web is now thirty years (1) ____. Its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken about his creation (2) ____ its 30th anniversary. He said he was worried about how people are using the Internet and its two billion websites today. He also said he is (3) ____ about the future of the Web. He wrote a letter saying he knew many people felt (4) ____ about whether the Web was "a force for good". He believes it can be a force for good and can empower billions of people. He wrote that he (5) ____ governments and companies must work together to build a better Internet. He said: "If we give (6) ____ on building a better Web now, then the Web will not have failed us. We will have failed the Web."

    Sir Tim had three (7) ____ concerns about the World Wide Web. The first was criminal behavior, like state-sponsored hacking and online harassment. He described it as a "(8) ____ of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". He said governments must (9) ____ laws to keep people safe. A second thing that worried Berners-Lee is how social media is used to spread misinformation. The past few years have seen a rise in (10) ____ news. In particular, how people were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. Berners-Lee is also worried about people's (11) ____ and personal information. He stressed the importance of fighting (12) ____ a better and safer Web and keeping it free for everyone to use.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     age     (b)     ago     (c)     old     (d)     aged    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     concerned     (b)     concerns     (c)     concern     (d)     concerning    
    4. (a)     unsure     (b)     surely     (c)     surety     (d)     surly    
    5. (a)     believable     (b)     believer     (c)     beliefs     (d)     believed    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     over     (c)     down     (d)     up    
    7. (a)     mainly     (b)     main     (c)     mains     (d)     mainline    
    8. (a)     mentor     (b)     major     (c)     minor     (d)     mirror    
    9. (a)     pass     (b)     take     (c)     do     (d)     be    
    10. (a)     take     (b)     fake     (c)     make     (d)     bake    
    11. (a)     privets     (b)     private     (c)     privates     (d)     privacy    
    12. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     for     (d)     on

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. Berners-Lee is also
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    (...)  sponsored hacking and online harassment. He described it as a "mirror of humanity" where "you will see good
    (...)  a better Web now, then the Web will not have failed us. We will have failed the Web."
    (...)  worried about people's privacy and personal information. He stressed the importance
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    (...)  of fighting for a better and safer Web and keeping it free for everyone to use.
    (...)  media is used to spread misinformation. The past few years have seen a rise in fake news. In particular, how people

    Put the words in the right order

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    8. rise   .   a   have   few   past   seen   years   The
    9. of   importance   Web   .   a   The   fighting   better   for
    10. it   to   for   everyone   use   .   free   Keeping

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Sir Tim had three main / mainly concerns about the World Wide Web. The first was criminal / criminally behavior, like state-sponsored hacking / backing and online harassment. He described it as a "minor / mirror of humanity" where "you will see good and bad". He said governments must pass / past laws to keep people safe. A second thing that worried Berners-Lee is how social media is used to spread / shred misinformation. The past few years have seen a rise / raise in fake news. In particular, how people were tricked during the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote. Berners-Lee is also worry / worried about people's privacy and personal information. He stressed the importance / important of fighting for a better and safer Web and keeping it free / freely for everyone to use.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the world wide web is now thirty years old its inventor sir tim bernerslee has spoken about his creation on its 30th anniversary he said he was worried about how people are using the internet and its two billion websites today he also said he is concerned about the future of the web he wrote a letter saying he knew many people felt unsure about whether the web was a force for good he believes it can be a force for good and can empower billions of people he wrote that he believed governments and companies must work together to 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

    sir tim had three main concerns about the world wide web the first was criminal behavior like state sponsored hacking and online harassment he described it as a mirror of humanity where you will see good and bad he said governments must pass laws to keep people safe a second thing that worried bernerslee is how social media is used to spread misinformation the past few years have seen a rise in fake news in particular how people were tricked during the 2016 us presidential election and the uk brexit vote bernerslee is also worried about peoples privacy and personal information he stressed the importance of fighting for a better and safer web and keeping it free for everyone to use.

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    TheWorldWideWebisnowthirtyyearsold.Itsinventor,SirTimBerners-
    Lee,hasspokenabouthiscreationonits30thanniversary.Hesaidhewas
    worriedabouthowpeopleareusingtheInternetanditstwobillionwebsit
    estoday.HealsosaidheisconcernedaboutthefutureoftheWeb.Hewrot
    ealettersayingheknewmanypeoplefeltunsureaboutwhethertheWeb
    was"aforceforgood".Hebelievesitcanbeaforceforgoodandcanempow
    erbillionsofpeople.Hewrotethathebelievedgovernmentsandcompan
    iesmustworktogethertobuildabetterInternet.Hesaid:"Ifwegiveupon
    buildingabetterWebnow,thentheWebwillnothavefailedus.Wewillhav
    efailedtheWeb."SirTimhadthreemainconcernsabouttheWorldWide
    Web.Thefirstwascriminalbehavior,likestate-sponsoredhackingan
    donlineharassment.Hedescribeditasa"mirrorofhumanity"where"yo
    uwillseegoodandbad".Hesaidgovernmentsmustpasslawstokeeppeo
    plesafe.AsecondthingthatworriedBerners-Leeishowsocialmediais
    usedtospreadmisinformation.Thepastfewyearshaveseenariseinfake
    news.Inparticular,howpeopleweretrickedduringthe2016USpreside
    ntialelectionandtheUKBrexitvote.Berners-Leeisalsoworriedaboutp
    eople'sprivacyandpersonalinformation.Hestressedtheimportanceof
    fightingforabetterandsaferWebandkeepingitfreeforeveryonetouse.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The Internet is becoming too dangerous. Discuss.

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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. THE INTERNET: Make a poster about the Internet. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. NO CHANGE: Write a magazine article about keeping the Internet as it is today. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 the Internet. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make ir 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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