The Reading / Listening - Google Meet - Level 2

Google has improved its video conferencing platform Meet to be able to compete with other platforms. One new feature is that users can now see 16 people on their screen. Previously, there were only four people on their screen at one time. Meet's new gallery view comes at a time when more people around the world are using video conferencing services. Many people are speaking to family and friends during lockdown; companies are having meetings online; and schools and universities changed from classroom teaching to online teaching.



Google said Meet would help millions around the world in lockdown. It wrote: "Remote work has become increasingly necessary for public safety and wellbeing - which makes staying connected, even while we're apart, more important than ever." Rapidly growing numbers of people are using Meet. Google says they now have the features they need "to share and be productive". Google will introduce more features like blocking out background noise from keystrokes when people type. Users will also be able to improve video quality if the lighting in their room is not good enough.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Google Meet - Level 0 Google Meet - Level 1   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. improved its video conferencing
  2. be able to compete with
  3. users can now see 16 people
  4. Previously, there were only
  5. Meet's new gallery
  6. more people around
  7. speaking to family
  8. companies are having meetings
  1. on their screen
  2. view
  3. and friends
  4. other platforms
  5. four people
  6. platform
  7. online
  8. the world

Paragraph 2

  1. millions around the world
  2. staying connected, even while
  3. Rapidly growing numbers
  4. they need to share and
  5. Google will introduce more
  6. blocking out background
  7. Users will also be able to improve
  8. the lighting in their room is not
  1. be productive
  2. noise
  3. in lockdown
  4. video quality
  5. of people
  6. good enough
  7. we're apart
  8. features

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Google (1) ___________________ video conferencing platform Meet to be able to compete (2) ___________________. One new feature is that users can now see 16 people on their screen. Previously, there were only four people on their screen (3) ___________________. Meet's new gallery view comes at a time when more people around the (4) ___________________ video conferencing services. Many people are speaking to family and (5) ___________________; companies are having meetings online; and schools and universities changed from classroom teaching (6) ___________________.

Google said Meet (7) ___________________ around the world in lockdown. It wrote: "Remote work has become increasingly necessary for public (8) ___________________ - which makes staying connected, even while we're apart, more important than ever." (9) ___________________ of people are using Meet. Google says they now have the (10) ___________________ "to share and be productive". Google will introduce more features like blocking out (11) ___________________ keystrokes when people type. Users will also be able to improve video quality if the lighting in their room is (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GooglehasimproveditsvideoconferencingplatformMeettobeabletoco
mpetewithotherplatforms.Onenewfeatureisthatuserscannowsee16
peopleontheirscreen.Previously,therewereonlyfourpeopleontheirsc
reenatonetime.Meet'snewgalleryviewcomesatatimewhenmorepeop
learoundtheworldareusingvideoconferencingservices.Manypeoplea
respeakingtofamilyandfriendsduringlockdown;companiesarehavin
gmeetingsonline;andschoolsanduniversitieschangedfromclassroo
mteachingtoonlineteaching.GooglesaidMeetwouldhelpmillionsarou
ndtheworldinlockdown.Itwrote:"Remoteworkhasbecomeincreasing
lynecessaryforpublicsafetyandwellbeing-whichmakesstayingconne
cted,evenwhilewe'reapart,moreimportantthanever."Rapidlygrowin
gnumbersofpeopleareusingMeet.Googlesaystheynowhavethefeatu
restheyneed"toshareandbeproductive".Googlewillintroducemorefe
atureslikeblockingoutbackgroundnoisefromkeystrokeswhenpeoplet
ype.Userswillalsobeabletoimprovevideoqualityifthelightingintheirro
omisnotgoodenough.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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