The Reading / Listening - Smartphone Repairs - Level 6

Most of us have felt the exasperation of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary lengths to deter consumers from opening the back of their phones to try DIY repairs. Help is at hand. Fairphone is a new company that has produced a self-repairable mobile phone. The founder is Bas van Abel, a Dutch design engineer who set out to make "the world's first ethical smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with four basic principles. First, he wanted to use raw materials from non-conflict mining areas. He also wanted to make a product that was recyclable, durable and repairable. The new Fairphone embodies these aims.

The Fairphone website outlines the philosophy that underpins the company. It says its mission is to motivate "a massive industry to take responsibility for its impact on the world, by establishing a viable market for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions. It also points out the, "staggering amount of waste the electronics industry generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is on track to account for 14 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone comes with a screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals are ethically sourced.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Smartphone Repairs - Level 4  or  Smartphone Repairs - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-60374806
  • https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/theredbulletin/bas-van-abel-fairphone-smartphone-ethical
  • https://www.fairphone.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Impact-Report-2020-Fairphone.pdf


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. SMARTPHONE REPAIRS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about smartphone repairs. 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?
       exasperation / smartphone / consumers / help / design / engineer / raw materials /
       philosophy / mission / responsibility / electronics / ethical / waste / screwdriver
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. 10 YEARS: Students A strongly believe we should use one smartphone for 10 years to help the planet; Students B strongly believe this is crazy. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. REPAIR: How easy or difficult is it to fix these things? How goad are you at repairing them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Easy or Difficult?

Your Experience

Smartphone

 

 

Bicycle

 

 

Hole in socks

 

 

Broken fence

 

 

A leaky pipe

 

 

A broken window

 

 

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

  • Price
  • Call quality
  • Maps
  • Size
  • The alarm clock
  • Apps
  • The camera
  • The torch

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. exasperation a. Able to take heavy use, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing.
      2. extraordinary b. Very unusual or remarkable.
      3. deter c. Relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.
      4. ethical d. A feeling of intense irritation or annoyance.
      5. principle e. Be an expression of an idea, quality, or feeling.
      6. durable f. Discourage someone from doing something by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.
      7. embody g. A rule or belief governing one's behaviour.

    Paragraph 2

      8. philosophy h. Focus on.
      9. underpin i. Capable of working successfully.
      10. viable j. Following a course that is likely to achieve what is required.
      11. point out k. A theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour.
      12. staggering l. Supports, justifies, or forms the basis for.
      13. on track m. A place, person, or thing from which something originates or can be obtained.
      14. sourced n. To an astonishing or shocking degree.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says everyone feels helpless when a smartphone breaks.     T / F
  2. The article says it is easy to remove the back cover of a smartphone.     T / F
  3. A Dutch engineer wanted to make the world's first ethical smartphone.    T / F
  4. The engineer wants to use no materials from conflict areas.     T / F
  5. The engineer hopes people who like philosophy will buy the phone.     T / F
  6. The engineer wants the tech industry to be more responsible.     T / F
  7. Smartphones account for very little greenhouse gas emissions.     T / F
  8. The Fairphone contains 40 percent recycled plastic.     T / F

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

  1. exasperation
  2. deter
  3. at hand
  4. ethical
  5. embodies
  6. philosophy
  7. viable
  8. staggering
  9. on track
  10. repairable
  1. workable
  2. moral
  3. rectifiable
  4. within reach
  5. amazing
  6. on schedule
  7. reasoning
  8. put off
  9. irritation
  10. includes

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

  1. the exasperation
  2. go to extraordinary
  3. Help is
  4. raw materials from non-
  5. a product that was recyclable, durable
  6. the philosophy that
  7. take responsibility for its
  8. the staggering
  9. technology is on
  10. the minerals are ethically
  1. and repairable
  2. amount of waste
  3. impact on the world
  4. at hand
  5. sourced
  6. conflict mining areas
  7. of feeling helpless
  8. track
  9. lengths
  10. underpins the company

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hand
embodies
exasperation
durable
ethical
deter
founder
conflict

Most of us have felt the (1) _____________________ of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary lengths to (2) _____________________ consumers from opening the back of their phones to try DIY repairs. Help is at (3) _____________________. Fairphone is a new company that has produced a self-repairable mobile phone. The (4) _____________________ is Bas van Abel, a Dutch design engineer who set out to make "the world's first (5) _____________________ smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with four basic principles. First, he wanted to use raw materials from non-(6) _____________________ mining areas. He also wanted to make a product that was recyclable, (7) _____________________ and repairable. The new Fairphone (8) _____________________ these aims.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
viable
sourced
massive
track
points
comes
philosophy
generates

The Fairphone website outlines the (9) _____________________ that underpins the company. It says its mission is to motivate "a (10) _____________________ industry to take responsibility for its impact on the world, by establishing a (11) _____________________ market for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions. It also (12) _____________________ out the, "staggering amount of waste the electronics industry (13) _____________________ ". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is on (14) _____________________ to account for 14 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone (15) _____________________ with a screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals are ethically (16) _____________________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary ______ consumers
     a.  lengths to defer
     b.  lengths to ditto
     c.  lengths to dater
     d.  lengths to deter
2)  from opening the back of their phones to ______
     a.  tie DIY repairs
     b.  trial DIY repairs
     c.  time DIY repairs
     d.  try DIY repairs
3)  He started his company in 2013 with ______
     a.  four basics principles
     b.  four base sick principles
     c.  four basic principles
     d.  four bay sick principles
4)  First, he wanted to use raw materials from non-______
     a.  conflict my nine areas
     b.  conflict mine in areas
     c.  conflict my knee areas
     d.  conflict mining areas
5)  He also wanted to make a product that was recyclable, ______
     a.  durable end repairable
     b.  durable and repairable
     c.  durable land repairable
     d.  durable lend repairable

6)  The Fairphone website outlines the philosophy that ______
     a.  under pens the company
     b.  end a pines the company
     c.  underpins the company
     d.  under pines the company
7)  It says its mission is to motivate ______
     a.  a missive industry
     b.  a mass sieve industry
     c.  a massive industry
     d.  amass sieve industry
8)  to take responsibility for its impact on the world, by establishing ______
     a.  affable market
     b.  avatar market
     c.  a vile market
     d.  a viable market
9)  electronics industry generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology ______
     a.  is on track
     b.  is in track
     c.  isn't track
     d.  mission track
10)  The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals ______
     a.  are artistically sourced
     b.  are ethnically sourced
     c.  are ether callous awed
     d.  are ethically sourced

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Most of us have felt (1) ____________________ feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary lengths (2) ____________________ from opening the back of their phones to try DIY repairs. Help (3) ____________________. Fairphone is a new company that has produced a self-repairable mobile phone. The founder is Bas van Abel, a Dutch (4) ____________________ set out to make "the world's first ethical smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with (5) ____________________. First, he wanted to use raw materials from non-conflict mining areas. He also wanted to make a product that was recyclable, durable and repairable. The new Fairphone (6) ____________________.

The Fairphone website outlines the philosophy (7) ____________________ company. It says its mission (8) ____________________ "a massive industry to take responsibility for its impact on the world, by establishing (9) ____________________ for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions. It also points out (10) ____________________ of waste the electronics industry generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is (11) ____________________ account for 14 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone comes with a screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What do smartphone makers stop us from opening? 
  2. What does the article say is at hand?
  3. Where is the founder of Fairphone from?
  4. When was the company Fairphone founded?
  5. How many principles was the Fairphone founded on?
  6. What does Fairphone want the tech industry to take responsibility for?
  7. Where does Fairphone say many tech company workers work?
  8. What does Fairphone say there is a staggering amount of?
  9. What does the Fairphone come with?
  10. What does the article say about the minerals used in the Fairphone?

Multiple choice quiz

1) What do smartphone makers stop us from opening?
a) our wallets
b) our minds
c) the back of phones
d) the doors or perception
2) What does the article say is at hand?
a) help
b) coding
c) stronger screens
d) screwdrivers
3) Where is the founder of Fairphone from?
a) California
b) Holland
c) India
d) Apple
4) When was the company Fairphone founded?
a) 2016
b) 2015
c) 2014
d) 2013
5) How many principles was the Fairphone founded on?
a) 7
b) dozens
c) 4
d) many

6) What does Fairphone want the tech industry to take responsibility for?
a) the poor
b) its impact on the world
c) cyber crime
d) weak wi-fi
7) Where does Fairphone say many tech company workers work
a) China
b) in silicon labs
c) from home
d) in unacceptable conditions
8) What does Fairphone say there is a staggering amount of?
a) semi-conductors
b) waste
c) unwanted phones
d) demand
9) What does the Fairphone come with?
a) love
b) a screwdriver
c) a 10-year guarantee
d) instructions
10) What does the article say about the minerals used in the Fairphone?
a) they are ethically sourced
b) there are rare-Earth minerals
c) they are the best
d) they are replaceable

Role play

Role  A – Price
You think the price is the best thing about a smartphone. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): apps, the camera or the call quality.

Role  B – Apps
You think apps are the best thing about a smartphone. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): the price, the camera or the call quality.

Role  C – Camera
You think the camera is the best thing about a smartphone. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): apps, the price or the call quality.

Role  D – Call Quality
You think the call quality is the best thing about a smartphone. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): apps, the camera or the price.

After reading / listening

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

'smartphone'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'repair'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • exasperation
    • lengths
    • hand
    • set
    • raw
    • aims
    • philosophy
    • mission
    • fact
    • points
    • account
    • plastic

    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 - Smartphone Repairs

    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 'smartphone'?
    3. What do you think of smartphones?
    4. How do you feel when your smartphone doesn't work?
    5. When was the last time you felt exasperated?
    6. Would you ever try to repair a smartphone?
    7. Are smartphones too complicated?
    8. What do you think of an ethical smartphone?
    9. Are you worried about where the components of smartphones are from?
    10. How durable and long-lasting should smartphones be?

    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 'repair'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What damage does smartphone production do to the world?
    5. What are 'ethical electronics'?
    6. What do you know about the working conditions in tech factories?
    7. What would you do without a smartphone?
    8. Should we use just one smartphone for 10 years?
    9. What do you think of the price of smartphones?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Fairphone?

    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)

    Most of us have (1) ____ the exasperation of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary lengths to (2) ____ consumers from opening the back of their phones to try DIY repairs. Help is (3) ____ hand. Fairphone is a new company that has produced a self-repairable mobile phone. The founder is Bas van Abel, a Dutch design engineer who set (4) ____ to make "the world's first ethical smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with four basic (5) ____. First, he wanted to use raw materials from non-conflict mining areas. He also wanted to make a product that was recyclable, (6) ____ and repairable. The new Fairphone embodies these aims.

    The Fairphone website outlines the philosophy that (7) ____ the company. It says its mission is to motivate "a massive industry to take responsibility for its impact on the world, by establishing a (8) ____ market for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions. It also points (9) ____ the, "staggering amount of waste the electronics industry generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is (10) ____ track to account for 14 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone (11) ____ with a screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals are (12) ____ sourced.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     feels     (b)     feelers     (c)     feeling     (d)     felt    
    (a)     defer     (b)     defend     (c)     depend     (d)     deter    
    (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    (a)     up     (b)     on     (c)     out     (d)     in    
    (a)     principals     (b)     precipices     (c)     principles     (d)     preps    
    (a)     durable     (b)     dilatable     (c)     defendable     (d)     diabolical    
    (a)     undermines     (b)     underpins     (c)     underarms     (d)     underfeeds    
    (a)     viable     (b)     voluble     (c)     verbatim     (d)     verbal    
    (a)     of     (b)     out     (c)     up     (d)     down    
    (a)     at     (b)     up     (c)     on     (d)     down    
    (a)     provides     (b)     repairs     (c)     comes     (d)     attached    
    (a)     ethereal     (b)     ethanol     (c)     ethics     (d)     ethically

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. felt the aepearxtsoin of feeling helpless
    2. go to redaotxnirary lengths
    3. the world's first thieacl smartphone
    4. four basic ricppinles
    5. a product that was recyclable, uardble and repairable
    6. The new Fairphone mbodiees these aims

    Paragraph 2

    1. the hioposlphy that underpins the company
    2. establishing a aivble market
    3. working in cupcetnbaale conditions
    4. the agegsrtnig amount of waste
    5. greenhouse gas issmienos
    6. comes with a esrwdrivcer

    Put the text back together

    (...)  is Bas van Abel, a Dutch design engineer who set out to make "the world's first ethical
    (...)  a viable market for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are
    1  ) Most of us have felt the exasperation of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to
    (...)  materials from non-conflict mining areas. He also wanted to make a product that was
    (...)  DIY repairs. Help is at hand. Fairphone is a new company that has produced a self-repairable mobile phone. The founder
    (...)  for 14 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone comes with a
    (...)  working in unacceptable conditions. It also points out the, "staggering amount of waste the electronics
    (...)  screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals are ethically sourced.
    (...)  is to motivate "a massive industry to take responsibility for its impact on the world, by establishing
    (...)  go to extraordinary lengths to deter consumers from opening the back of their phones to try
    (...)  smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with four basic principles. First, he wanted to use raw
    (...)  recyclable, durable and repairable. The new Fairphone embodies these aims.
    (...)  industry generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is on track to account
    (...)  The Fairphone website outlines the philosophy that underpins the company. It says its mission

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. extraordinary   to   go   seem   manufacturers   lengths   .   to   Phone
    3. back   of   consumers   from   Deter   the   phones   .   opening
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    7. responsibility   for   its   impact   on   Take   the   world   .
    8. staggering   waste   of   amount   the   The   industry   generates   .
    9. is   track   Technology   account   to   on   for   14%   .
    10. with   comes   The   a   Fairphone   for   screwdriver   repairs   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Most of us / them have felt the exasperation of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinaire / extraordinary lengths to deter / defer consumers from opening the back of their phones to try DIY repairs. Help is at head / hand. Fairphone is a new company that has produced a self-repairable mobile phone. The founder is Bas van Abel, a Dutch design engineer who let / set out to make "the world's firstly / first ethical smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with four basic principals / principles. First, he wanted to use raw / law materials from non-conflict mining areas. He also wanted to make a product / produce that was recyclable, durable and repairable. The new Fairphone embodies / imposes these aims.

    The Fairphone website outlines the philosophical / philosophy that underpins the company. It says its missive / mission is to motivate "a missive / massive industry to take responsibility for its impact of / on the world, by establishing a viable / viability market for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact / pact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions. It also points in / out the, "staggering amount of waste the electronics industry / industrial generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is on / in track to account for 14 per cent of the world's greenhouse gasses / gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone comes with a screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and the minerals are ethically sauce / sourced.

    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

    most of us have felt the exasperation of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary lengths to deter consumers from opening the back of their phones to try diy repairs help is at hand Fairphone is a new company that has produced a selfrepairable mobile phone the founder is bas van abel a dutch design engineer who set out to make the worlds first ethical smartphone he started his company in 2013 with four basic principles first he wanted to use raw materials from nonconflict mining areas he also wanted to make a product that was recyclable durable and repairable the new fairphone embodies these aims

    the fairphone website outlines the philosophy that underpins the company it says its mission is to motivate a massive industry to take responsibility for its impact on the world by establishing a viable market for ethical electronics it highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions it also points out the staggering amount of waste the electronics industry generates finally it says communication technology is on track to account for 14 per cent of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 the fairphone comes with a screwdriver and is easily repairable the plastic used is 40percent recycled and the minerals are ethically sourced

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    honebreaks.Phonemanufacturersseemtogotoextraordinarylengthst
    odeterconsumersfromopeningthebackoftheirphonestotryDIYrepair
    s.Helpisathand.Fairphoneisanewcompanythathasproducedaself-re
    pairablemobilephone.ThefounderisBasvanAbel,aDutchdesignengin
    eerwhosetouttomake"theworld'sfirstethicalsmartphone".Hestarted
    hiscompanyin2013withfourbasicprinciples.First,hewantedtouseraw
    materialsfromnon-conflictminingareas.Healsowantedtomakeaprod
    uctthatwasrecyclable,durableandrepairable.ThenewFairphoneemb
    odiestheseaims.TheFairphonewebsiteoutlinesthephilosophythatun
    derpinsthecompany.Itsaysitsmissionistomotivate"amassiveindustr
    ytotakeresponsibilityforitsimpactontheworld,byestablishingaviable
    marketforethicalelectronics".Ithighlightsthefactthatmanyworkersw
    hoproducetechnologyareworkinginunacceptableconditions.Italsopo
    intsoutthe,"staggeringamountofwastetheelectronicsindustrygener
    ates".Finally,itsays:"Communicationtechnologyisontracktoaccount
    for14percentoftheworld'sgreenhousegasemissionsby2040."TheFair
    phonecomeswithascrewdriverandiseasilyrepairable.Theplasticused
    is40-per-centrecycled,andthemineralsareethicallysourced.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    All smartphones should be easy for owners to repair. 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. SMARTPHONE REPAIRS: Make a poster about smartphone repairs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. REPAIR KIT: Write a magazine article about all smartphones coming with a repair kit. 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 smartphone repairs. Ask him/her three questions about this. Give him/her three of your ideas on how smartphones could be better. 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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