The Reading / Listening - 10-Minute TikTok - Level 3

TikTok users will soon be able to upload 10-minute-long videos. The video platform launched worldwide in 2018 allowing users to create one-minute videos. That length tripled in July 2021 to three minutes. TikTok says an extension to 10 minutes will allow people to be more creative. A company spokesperson said: "We're always thinking about new ways to…enrich the TikTok experience." She added: "We introduced longer videos, giving our community more time to create and be entertained. Today, we're excited to start rolling out the ability to upload videos that are up to 10 minutes, which we hope would unleash even more creative possibilities for our creators around the world."

Social media consultant Matt Navarra said the new time limit means TikTok will be a bigger rival to YouTube. However, TikTok could lose users who prefer shorter videos. They could switch to other social media platforms, like Instagram's Reels, Snapchat's Spotlight, or YouTube's Shorts. Mr Navarra says shorter videos are more popular with younger people, who are used to "whizzing" through videos "at speed". He says longer videos are more suited to older people. Navarra believes the longer videos may increase TikTok's profits as they are "easier to monetize and keep people on-platform longer". Short, bite-sized videos are one of the reasons for TikTok's huge popularity. It has more than one billion monthly active users.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    10-Minute TikTok - Level 0 10-Minute TikTok - Level 1   or  10-Minute TikTok - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/28/22954525/tiktok-maximum-video-length-10-minutes
  • https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/tiktok-maximum-video-length-10-minutes-1235191773/
  • https://japantoday.com/category/tech/tiktok-videos-get-longer-in-challenge-to-youtube


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. TIKTOK: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about TikTok. 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?
       TikTok / upload / video / platform / length / 10 minutes / experience / community /
       time limit / rival / younger people / speed / profits / monetize / reasons / popularity
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA: Students A strongly believe social media is essential; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. VIDEOS: What do you think of videos of these things? What videos have you soon on these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Think

What I Have Seen

Dances

 

 

Cats

 

 

Food

 

 

Humour

 

 

Sport

 

 

Travel

 

 

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

  • TikTok
  • YouTube
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Wikipedia

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. upload a. A place or website where people can speak to other people.
      2. platform b. Became three times as much or as many.
      3. launched c. How long something is.
      4. length d. Started an activity, business, campaign, etc.
      5. tripled e. Put a video, picture, message, song, etc. onto a social media site or website.
      6. enrich f. Set something free so it can become a force.
      7. unleash g. Make something much better quality.

    Paragraph 2

      8. consultant h. The money you make by doing business.
      9. prefer i. A person who provides expert advice professionally.
      10. switch j. Right or appropriate.
      11. whizzing k. Get revenue from a business, idea or product.
      12. suited l. Change (substitute) one thing for another.
      13. profit m. Moving very fast.
      14. monetize n. Like better.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Ten-minute TikTok videos started last week.     T / F
  2. The length of TikTok videos increased three-fold in 2021.     T / F
  3. TikTok hopes its site will allow people to be more creative.     T / F
  4. A spokesperson said TikTok will move up to one-hour videos in 2024.     T / F
  5. A social media consultant said TikTok is now bigger than YouTube.     T / F
  6. Longer videos may make younger people stop using TikTok.     T / F
  7. Younger people like looking at lots of videos quickly.     T / F
  8. More than one billion use TikTok every month.     T / F

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

  1. upload
  2. launched
  3. extension
  4. enrich
  5. unleash
  6. rival
  7. switch
  8. whizzing
  9. profits
  10. huge
  1. competitor
  2. improve
  3. financial gains
  4. started
  5. change
  6. increase
  7. speeding
  8. post
  9. very large
  10. let loose

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

  1. TikTok users will soon be able to upload
  2. The video platform launched
  3. allow people to
  4. new ways to enrich
  5. creative
  6. TikTok will be a bigger
  7. They could switch to other
  8. whizzing through
  9. Short, bite-
  10. It has more than one billion
  1. possibilities
  2. the TikTok experience
  3. videos at speed
  4. worldwide in 2018
  5. social media platforms
  6. monthly active users
  7. 10-minute-long videos
  8. sized videos
  9. be more creative
  10. rival to YouTube

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
creative
entertained
worldwide
possibilities
enrich
upload
tripled
unleash

TikTok users will soon be able to (1) _____________________ 10-minute-long videos. The video platform launched (2) _____________________ in 2018 allowing users to create one-minute videos. That length (3) _____________________ in July 2021 to three minutes. TikTok says an extension to 10 minutes will allow people to be more (4) _____________________. A company spokesperson said: "We're always thinking about new ways to... (5) _____________________ the TikTok experience." She added: "We introduced longer videos, giving our community more time to create and be (6) _____________________. Today, we're excited to start rolling out the ability to upload videos that are up to 10 minutes, which we hope would (7) _____________________ even more creative (8) _____________________ for our creators around the world."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
popular
consultant
active
suited
platforms
bite-sized
rival
profits

Social media (9) _____________________ Matt Navarra said the new time limit means TikTok will be a bigger (10) _____________________ to YouTube. However, TikTok could lose users who prefer shorter videos. They could switch to other social media (11) _____________________, like Instagram's Reels, Snapchat's Spotlight, or YouTube's Shorts. Mr Navarra says shorter videos are more (12) _____________________ with younger people, who are used to "whizzing" through videos "at speed". He says longer videos are more (13) _____________________ to older people. Navarra believes the longer videos may increase TikTok's (14) _____________________ as they are "easier to monetize and keep people on-platform longer". Short, (15) _____________________ videos are one of the reasons for TikTok's huge popularity. It has more than one billion monthly (16) _____________________ users.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) TikTok users will soon be able to upload 10-______
     a.  minute-longing videos
     b.  minute-longs videos
     c.  minute-long videos
     d.  minute-lengthen videos
2)  2018 allowing users to create one-minute videos. That length ______ 2021
     a.  tripled in July
     b.  trip lead in July
     c.  trip appalled in July
     d.  triplet in July
3)  TikTok says an extension to 10 minutes will allow people to ______
     a.  be mores creative
     b.  be moor creative
     c.  be moorish creative
     d.  be more creative
4)  We're always thinking about new ways to...______ experience
     a.  un-rich the TikTok
     b.  and reach the TikTok
     c.  end reach the TikTok
     d.  enrich the TikTok
5)  upload videos that are up to 10 minutes, which we hope would ______
     a.  end leash even more
     b.  unleash even more
     c.  un-lease even more
     d.  unlash even more

6) consultant Matt Navarra said the new time limit means TikTok will be ______
     a.  a bigger arrival
     b.  a bigger rebel
     c.  a bigger libel
     d.  a bigger rival
7) shorter videos are more popular with younger people, who are used to ______
     a.  wheezzing through videos
     b.  whizzing through videos
     c.  wizarding through videos
     d.  wizard in through videos
8)  increase TikTok's profits as they are "easier to monetize and keep people ______
     a.  on-platform long grrr
     b.  on-platform linger
     c.  on-platform longer
     d.  on-platform long genre
9)  Short, bite-sized videos are one of the reasons for ______
     a.  TikTok's huge popularity
     b.  TikTok's hug popularity
     c.  TikTok's luge popularity
     d.  TikTok's bulge popularity
10)  It has more than one billion ______
     a.  monthly act issues
     b.  monthly act tissues
     c.  monthly actively you sirs
     d.  monthly active users

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

TikTok users will soon be (1) ____________________ 10-minute-long videos. The video platform launched worldwide in 2018 allowing users to create one-minute videos. That (2) ____________________ July 2021 to three minutes. TikTok says an extension to 10 minutes will allow people to (3) ____________________. A company spokesperson said: "We're always thinking about new ways to...enrich the TikTok experience." She added: "We introduced longer videos, (4) ____________________ more time to create and be entertained. Today, we're excited to (5) ____________________ the ability to upload videos that are up to 10 minutes, which we hope would unleash even more creative possibilities (6) ____________________ around the world."

Social media consultant Matt Navarra said the new (7) ____________________ TikTok will be a bigger rival to YouTube. However, TikTok could lose users (8) ____________________ videos. They could switch to other social media platforms, like Instagram's Reels, Snapchat's Spotlight, or YouTube's Shorts. Mr Navarra says shorter videos are (9) ____________________ younger people, who are used to "whizzing" through videos "at speed". He says longer videos are more (10) ____________________ people. Navarra believes the longer videos may increase TikTok's profits as they are "easier (11) ____________________ keep people on-platform longer". Short, bite-sized videos are one of the reasons for TikTok's huge popularity. It has more than one billion (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. When did TikTok launch worldwide?
  2. What was the length of TikTok videos from July 2021?
  3. What did TikTok say the 10 minutes would allow people to do more?
  4. What does TikTok want to do to the TikTok experience?
  5. Who might unleash creative possibilities using the 10-minute videos?
  6. What is Matt Navarra's job?
  7. Who might TikTok be a bigger rival to?
  8. What do younger people like to do with videos?
  9. What might longer videos do to TikTok's profits?
  10. How many monthly active users does TikTok have?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  When did TikTok launch worldwide?
a) 2017
b) 2018
c) 2019
d) 2021
2)  What was the length of TikTok videos from July 2021?
a) 1 minute
b) 2 minutes
c) 3 minutes
d) 5 minutes
3)  What did TikTok say the 10 minutes would allow people to do more?
a) become social media influencers
b) relax
c) get rich
d) be more creative
4)  What does TikTok want to do to the TikTok experience?
a) bottle it
b) enrich it
c) sell it
d) make it memorable
5)  Who might unleash creative possibilities using the 10-minute videos?
a) creators
b) artists
c) singers
d) dancers

6)  What is Matt Navarra's job?
a) social media consultant
b) TikTok CEO
c) social media influencer
d) YouTube CEO
7)  Who might TikTok be a bigger rival to?
a) SnapChat
b) Instagram
c) TokTik
d) YouTube
8)  What do younger people like to do with videos?
a) laugh at them
b) make them funny
c) whizz through them at speed
d) share them online
9)  What might longer videos do to TikTok's profits?
a) no one knows yet
b) decrease them
c) nothing
d) increase them

10)  How many monthly active users does TikTok have?
a) two billion
b) one billion
c) 100 million
d) 10 million

Role play

Role  A – TikTok
You think TikTok is the best website. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their websites. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): YouTube, Amazon or Wikipedia.

Role  B – YouTube
You think YouTube is the best website. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their websites. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): TikTok, Amazon or Wikipedia.

Role  C – Amazon
You think Amazon is the best website. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their websites. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): YouTube, TikTok or Wikipedia.

Role  D – Wikipedia
You think Wikipedia is the best website. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their websites. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): YouTube, Amazon or TikTok.

After reading / listening

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

'video'

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  • and 'minute'.

  • ________________
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  • • 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:

    • upload
    • tripled
    • always
    • entertained
    • start
    • unleash
    • consultant
    • lose
    • switch
    • speed
    • profits
    • active

    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 - 10-Minute TikTok

    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 'video'?
    3. What do you know about TikTok?
    4. What do you use social media for?
    5. How often do you watch videos on social media sites?
    6. Have you ever created a video?
    7. Why do people like sites like TikTok?
    8. Which are better - movies or social media videos?
    9. Should there be no time limit on social media videos?
    10. Are social media videos bad for us?

    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 'minute'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of online videos?
    5. What social media platforms do you like and dislike?
    6. Do you prefer one-minute or 10-minute videos?
    7. Which is better - TikTok or YouTube?
    8. Why are longer videos more popular with older people?
    9. What videos would you like to make?
    10. What questions would you like to ask TikTok?

    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)

    TikTok users will soon be able to upload 10-minute-long videos. The video platform (1) ____ worldwide in 2018 allowing users to create one-minute videos. That length tripled in July 2021 to three minutes. TikTok says an (2) ____ to 10 minutes will allow people to be more creative. A company spokesperson said: "We're always thinking about new ways to... (3) ____ the TikTok experience." She added: "We introduced longer videos, (4) ____ our community more time to create and be entertained. Today, we're excited to start (5) ____ out the ability to upload videos that are up to 10 minutes, which we hope would unleash (6) ____ more creative possibilities for our creators around the world."

    Social media consultant Matt Navarra said the new time limit (7) ____ TikTok will be a bigger rival to YouTube. However, TikTok could lose users who prefer shorter videos. They could (8) ____ to other social media platforms, like Instagram's Reels, Snapchat's Spotlight, or YouTube's Shorts. Mr Navarra says shorter videos are more popular with younger people, who are used to "(9) ____" through videos "at speed". He says longer videos are more (10) ____ to older people. Navarra believes the longer videos may increase TikTok's profits (11) ____ they are "easier to monetize and keep people on-platform longer". Short, bite-sized videos are one of the reasons (12) ____ TikTok's huge popularity. It has more than 1 billion monthly active users.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     lunched     (b)     launched     (c)     lurched     (d)     latched    
    2. (a)     exercise     (b)     extension     (c)     extol     (d)     expand    
    3. (a)     valuable     (b)     money     (c)     wealth     (d)     enrich    
    4. (a)     gave     (b)     giving     (c)     given     (d)     gives    
    5. (a)     with     (b)     in     (c)     hand     (d)     rolling    
    6. (a)     so     (b)     most     (c)     even     (d)     nor    
    7. (a)     means     (b)     meaning     (c)     meanie     (d)     mean    
    8. (a)     lever     (b)     knob     (c)     switch     (d)     dial    
    9. (a)     wizardry     (b)     wizard     (c)     wheezing     (d)     whizzing    
    10. (a)     suited     (b)     adorned     (c)     donned     (d)     clothed    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     has     (c)     was     (d)     'twas    
    12. (a)     for     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     on

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)
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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    tiktok users will soon be able to upload 10minutelong videos the video platform launched worldwide in 2018 allowing users to create oneminute videos that length tripled in july 2021 to three minutes tiktok says an extension to 10 minutes will allow people to be more creative a company spokesperson said were always thinking about new ways toenrich the tiktok experience she added we introduced longer videos giving our community more time to create and be entertained today were excited to start rolling out the ability to upload videos that are up to 10 minutes which we hope would unleash even more creative possibilities for our creators around the world

    social media consultant matt navarra said the new time limit means tiktok will be a bigger rival to youtube however tiktok could lose users who prefer shorter videos they could switch to other social media platforms like instagrams reels snapchats spotlight or youtubes shorts mr navarra says shorter videos are more popular with younger people who are used to whizzing through videos at speed he says longer videos are more suited to older people navarra believes the longer videos may increase TikToks profits as they are easier to monetize and keep people onplatform longer short bitesized videos are one of the reasons for tiktoks huge popularity it has more than one billion monthly active users

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TikTokuserswillsoonbeabletoupload10-minute-longvideos.Thevid
    eoplatformlaunchedworldwidein2018allowinguserstocreateone-m
    inutevideos.ThatlengthtripledinJuly2021tothreeminutes.TikToksay
    sanextensionto10minuteswillallowpeopletobemorecreative.Acomp
    anyspokespersonsaid:"We'realwaysthinkingaboutnewwaysto...enri
    chtheTikTokexperience."Sheadded:"Weintroducedlongervideos,giv
    ingourcommunitymoretimetocreateandbeentertained.Today,we're
    excitedtostartrollingouttheabilitytouploadvideosthatareupto10min
    utes,whichwehopewouldunleashevenmorecreativepossibilitiesforo
    urcreatorsaroundtheworld."SocialmediaconsultantMattNavarrasaid
    thenewtimelimitmeansTikTokwillbeabiggerrivaltoYouTube.Howeve
    r,TikTokcouldloseuserswhoprefershortervideos.Theycouldswitchto
    othersocialmediaplatforms,likeInstagram'sReels,Snapchat'sSpotlig
    ht,orYouTube'sShorts.MrNavarrasaysshortervideosaremorepopula
    rwithyoungerpeople,whoareusedto"whizzing"throughvideos"atspe
    ed".Hesayslongervideosaremoresuitedtoolderpeople.Navarrabeliev
    esthelongervideosmayincreaseTikTok'sprofitsastheyare"easierto
    monetizeandkeeppeopleonplatformlonger".Short,bite-sizedvide
    osareoneofthereasonsforTikTok'shugepopularity.Ithasmorethanon
    ebillionmonthlyactiveusers.

    Free writing

    Write about 10-minute tiktok for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    One-minute videos are better than 10-minute videos. 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. TIKTOK: Make a poster about TikTok. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SCHOOLS: Write a magazine article about using short videos on-platforms like TikTok to teach in schools. 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 TikTok. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how TikTok could help the world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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