The Reading / Listening - Google Meet - Level 1

Google has made its video conferencing platform Meet better. One new feature is users can see 16 people on their screen. Previously, there were only four people. Meet's new gallery view comes when more people around the world are using video conferencing. People are speaking to family and friends during lockdown; companies are having meetings online; and schools changed from classroom teaching to online teaching.



Meet will help millions around the world in lockdown. Google wrote: "Remote work has become increasingly necessary for public safety and wellbeing." It said growing numbers of people are using Meet. Google says Meet lets people "share and be productive". New features will come soon. People can block out the background noise when others type. Users can also make the video quality better if their room is too dark.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Google Meet - Level 0 Google Meet - Level 2   or  Google Meet - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/google-meet-update-takes-the-fight-to-zoom
  • https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/22/21231294/google-meet-gallery-tiled-view-roll-out-globally-zoom
  • https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/productivity-collaboration/introducing-tiled-view-and-other-top-requested-features-in-google-meet


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. video conferencing
  2. users can see 16 people
  3. Previously, there
  4. more people around
  5. People are speaking to
  6. companies are having meetings
  7. schools changed from
  8. online
  1. teaching
  2. classroom teaching
  3. on their screen
  4. online
  5. were only four people
  6. the world
  7. family and friends
  8. platform

Paragraph 2

  1. Meet will help millions
  2. Remote
  3. become increasingly
  4. for public safety and
  5. New features will
  6. background
  7. make the video
  8. if their room is
  1. noise
  2. necessary
  3. too dark
  4. quality better
  5. around the world
  6. work
  7. come soon
  8. wellbeing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Google (1) ___________________ video conferencing platform Meet better. One new (2) ___________________ can see 16 people on their screen. Previously, (3) ___________________ four people. Meet's new (4) ___________________ when more people around the world are using video conferencing. People are speaking to family and (5) ___________________; companies are having meetings online; and schools changed from classroom teaching (6) ___________________.

Meet will help millions around (7) ___________________ lockdown. Google wrote: "Remote (8) ___________________ increasingly necessary for (9) ___________________ wellbeing." It said growing numbers of people are using Meet. Google says Meet lets people "share (10) ___________________". New features will come soon. People can (11) ___________________ background noise when others type. Users can also make the video quality better if their room (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GooglehasmadeitsvideoconferencingplatformMeetbetter.Onenewfe
atureisuserscansee16peopleontheirscreen.Previously,therewereon
lyfourpeople.Meet'snewgalleryviewcomeswhenmorepeoplearoundt
heworldareusingvideoconferencing.Peoplearespeakingtofamilyandf
riendsduringlockdown;companiesarehavingmeetingsonline;andsch
oolschangedfromclassroomteachingtoonlineteaching.Meetwillhelp
millionsaroundtheworldinlockdown.Googlewrote:"Remoteworkhas
becomeincreasinglynecessaryforpublicsafetyandwellbeing."Itsaidg
rowingnumbersofpeopleareusingMeet.GooglesaysMeetletspeople"s
hareandbeproductive".Newfeatureswillcomesoon.Peoplecanblocko
utthebackgroundnoisewhenotherstype.Userscanalsomakethevideo
qualitybetteriftheirroomistoodark.

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) ________________

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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