The Reading / Listening - Twitter - Level 3

The world's richest person, Elon Musk, has bought the social media site Twitter. Mr Musk bought the company for $44 billion. On April the 4th, he bought 9.1 per cent of Twitter for $2.64 billion. Twitter's value rose by 27 per cent after this. Musk then made a follow-up offer to buy the whole company, but the board of directors rejected this. However, on April the 25th, the board publicly accepted Mr Musk's offer. Musk is number seven on the list of Twitter's most-followed people. He has 84 million followers. Former U.S. President Barack Obama tops the list with 131 million followers. Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey said he was happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I trust his mission."

Mr Musk said he wants to open up Twitter more to free speech. One of his biggest aims is to remove spam bots, which fill Twitter with fake tweets. Many spam bots are used to tweet false information to people voting in elections. They are also used to spread conspiracy theories about vaccinations, immigration and other social issues. Mr Musk said he wants to introduce new products. He said the company has "tremendous potential". One big question people are asking is whether Musk will allow former U.S. President Donald Trump back on the platform. He was banned in January 2021. Other concerns people have are about hate speech. Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a rise in hate speech.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Twitter - Level 0 Twitter - Level 1   or  Twitter - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61225355
  • https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/twitter-has-new-owner-heres-what-he-should-do
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/26/jack-dorsey-elon-musk-is-the-singular-solution-for-twitter.html


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. TWITTER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Twitter. 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?
       richest person / social media / company / value / whole / directors / happy / trust /
       Twitter / free speech / spam bots / conspiracy theories / question / concerns / hate
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FREE SPEECH: Students A strongly believe we can say anything about anyone; Students B strongly believe we can't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. BIG TECH COMPANIES: What do you think of these big tech companies? How can they be better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Think

Improvements

Twitter

 

 

Google

 

 

Apple

 

 

Amazon

 

 

Netflix

 

 

Facebook

 

 

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

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Reddit
  • TikTok
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. value a. An action of saying you will pay money to buy something from someone.
      2. rose b. So as to be seen or heard by other people.
      3. offer c. How much money something is worth.
      4. whole d. Went up; increased.
      5. rejected e. All of something.
      6. publicly f. Refused to agree to something.
      7. trust g. Belief in the truth or ability of someone or something,

    Paragraph 2

      8. remove h. A special medicine (usually put in your arm) to stop a disease or virus.
      9. fake i. Take something or someone away from something.
      10. spread j. A belief that a group of people is responsible for (false) information about an event.
      11. conspiracy theory k. The action of coming to live in a foreign country.
      12. vaccination l. Not real.
      13. immigration m. Officially or legally stopped from doing something.
      14. banned n. Move something over a wider area or to more people.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Elon Musk is the second-richest person in the world.     T / F
  2. Elon Musk bought 91% of Twitter on April the 4th.     T / F
  3. Elon Musk has the seventh most followers on Twitter.     T / F
  4. A previous boss of Twitter is unhappy that Mr Musk is the new boss.     T / F
  5. Mr Musk wants to get rid of spam bots from Twitter.     T / F
  6. Spam bots do not spread conspiracy theories on Twitter.     T / F
  7. Mr Musk has said Donald Trump can continue his Twitter account.     T / F
  8. Human rights groups are worried about a rise in hate speech.     T / F

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

  1. richest
  2. bought
  3. rose
  4. whole
  5. trust
  6. aims
  7. false
  8. potential
  9. allow
  10. concerns
  1. goals
  2. believe in
  3. possibilities
  4. purchased
  5. untrue
  6. worries
  7. wealthiest
  8. let
  9. increased
  10. entire

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

  1. The world's
  2. Twitter's value rose by 27 per cent
  3. Musk then made a follow-
  4. the list of Twitter's most-
  5. Barack Obama tops
  6. One of his biggest aims is to remove
  7. spam bots are used to tweet false
  8. conspiracy
  9. the company has tremendous
  10. Human
  1. spam bots
  2. followed people
  3. theories
  4. the list
  5. rights groups
  6. after this
  7. potential
  8. up offer
  9. information
  10. richest person

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
offer
rose
trust
richest
list
media
tops
board

The world's (1) _____________________ person, Elon Musk, has bought the social (2) _____________________ site Twitter. Mr Musk bought the company for $44 billion. On April the 4th, he bought 9.1 per cent of Twitter for $2.64 billion. Twitter's value (3) _____________________ by 27 per cent after this. Musk then made a follow-up offer to buy the whole company, but the (4) _____________________ of directors rejected this. However, on April the 25th, the board publicly accepted Mr Musk's (5) _____________________. Musk is number seven on the (6) _____________________ of Twitter's most-followed people. He has 84 million followers. Former U.S. President Barack Obama (7) _____________________ the list with 131 million followers. Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey said he was happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I (8) _____________________ his mission."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
potential
open
remove
concerns
theories
rise
false
platform

Mr Musk said he wants to (9) _____________________ up Twitter more to free speech. One of his biggest aims is to (10) ___________________ spam bots, which fill Twitter with fake tweets. Many spam bots are used to tweet (11) _____________________ information to people voting in elections. They are also used to spread conspiracy (12) _____________________ about vaccinations, immigration and other social issues. Mr Musk said he wants to introduce new products. He said the company has "tremendous (13) _____________________". One big question people are asking is whether Musk will allow former U.S. President Donald Trump back on the (14) _____________________. He was banned in January 2021. Other (15) _____________________ people have are about hate speech. Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a (16) _____________________ in hate speech.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The world's richest person, Elon Musk, has bought the ______ Twitter
     a.  socially media site
     b.  social medium site
     c.  social media site
     d.  social medium site
2)  made a follow-up offer to buy the whole company, but the board of ______
     a.  directors rejected his
     b.  directors rejected these
     c.  directors rejected this
     d.  directors reject it this
3)  However, on April the 25th, the board publicly accepted ______
     a.  Mr Musk's coffer
     b.  Mr Musk's proffer
     c.  Mr Musk's doffer
     d.  Mr Musk's offer
4)  Former U.S. President Barack Obama tops the list with ______
     a.  131 billion follower
     b.  131 million follower
     c.  131 million followers
     d.  131 million followings
5)  happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I ______"
     a.  trust his missing
     b.  trust his miss shun
     c.  trust this mission
     d.  trust his mission

6)  Mr Musk said he wants to open up Twitter more ______
     a.  to freeze speech
     b.  to free speech
     c.  to frees speech
     d.  to freed speech
7)  One of his biggest aims is to remove spam bots, which fill Twitter ______
     a.  with fake tweets
     b.  with flake tweets
     c.  with flack tweets
     d.  with frock tweets
8)  to people voting in elections. They are also used to ______
     a.  spared conspiracy theories
     b.  spread conspiracy theory
     c.  spread conspiracy theories
     d.  spread conspiracies theories
9)  he wants to introduce new products. He said the company ______
     a.  his tremendous potential
     b.  has tremendously potential
     c.  has tremendous potent shall
     d.  has tremendous potential
10)  Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a rise ______
     a.  in height speech
     b.  in hate speech
     c.  in hated speech
     d.  on hate speech

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's richest person, Elon Musk, (1) ____________________ social media site Twitter. Mr Musk bought the company for $44 billion. On April the 4th, he bought 9.1 per cent of Twitter for $2.64 billion. Twitter's                  (2) ____________________ 27 per cent after this. Musk then made a follow-up offer to buy (3) ____________________, but the board of directors rejected this. However, on April the 25th, the (4) ___________________ Mr Musk's offer. Musk is number seven on the list of Twitter's most-followed people. He has 84 million followers. Former U.S. President Barack Obama (5) ____________________ with 131 million followers. Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey said he was happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I (6) ____________________."

Mr Musk said he wants to open up Twitter more (7) ____________________. One of his biggest aims is to remove spam bots, which fill Twitter with fake tweets. Many spam bots are used (8) ____________________ information to people voting in elections. They are also used to spread conspiracy theories about vaccinations, immigration and (9) ____________________. Mr Musk said he wants to introduce new products. He said the company has "tremendous potential". (10) ____________________ people are asking is whether Musk will allow former U.S. President Donald Trump back on the platform. He (11) ____________________ January 2021. Other concerns people have are about hate speech. Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a rise (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where is Elon Musk on the world's richest people list?
  2. When did Mr Musk purchase 9.1 per cent of Twitter?
  3. Who publicly accepted Mr Musk's offer on April the 25th?
  4. Who has the most followers on Twitter?
  5. Who trusts Elon Musk's mission?
  6. What does Elon Musk want to remove from Twitter?
  7. What kinds of theories do spam bots spread?
  8. What does Elon Musk want to introduce?
  9. Who might be allowed to come back to Twitter?
  10. Who is worried about a rise in hate speech?

Multiple choice quiz

1) Where is Elon Musk on the world's richest people list?
a) number two
b) number seven
c) number three
d) number one
2) When did Mr Musk purchase 9.1 per cent of Twitter?
a) last year
b) April the 4th
c) April the 25th
d) yesterday
3) Who publicly accepted Mr Musk's offer on April the 25th?
a) Jack Dorsey
b) Facebook
c) the board of directors
d) Silicon Valley
4) Who has the most followers on Twitter?
a) Barack Obama
b) Katie Perry
c) Adele
d) Cristiano Ronaldo
5) Who trusts Elon Musk's mission?
a) Joe Biden
b) Donald Trump
c) Jack Dorsey
d) the CEO of Apple

6) What does Elon Musk want to remove from Twitter?
a) ads
b) spam bots
c) fake accounts
d) lies
7) What kinds of theories do spam bots spread?
a) scientific theories
b) new theories
c) easy to understand theories
d) conspiracy theories
8) What does Elon Musk want to introduce?
a) new products
b) subscriptions
c) video tweets
d) a TikTok format
9) Who might be allowed to come back to Twitter?
a) Elon Musk
b) Jack Dorsey
c) Donald Trump
d) Bob
10) Who is worried about a rise in hate speech?
a) Elon Musk
b) human rights groups
c) Jack Dorsey
d) poor people

Role play

Role  A – Twitter
You think Twitter is the best social media site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Facebook, TikTok or Instagram.

Role  B – Facebook
You think Facebook is the best social media site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Twitter, TikTok or Instagram.

Role  C – TikTok
You think TikTok is the best social media site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Role  D – Instagram
You think Instagram is the best social media site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Facebook, TikTok or Twitter.

After reading / listening

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

'free'

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  • and 'speech'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • person
    • value
    • rejected
    • seven
    • tops
    • new
    • aims
    • false
    • spread
    • introduce
    • platform
    • groups

    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 - Twitter

    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 'free'?
    3. What do you think of Twitter?
    4. How important is free speech?
    5. Are you free to say anything in your country?
    6. Do you think Twitter is good or bad?
    7. What's the best social media platform?
    8. Is it OK for on person to own Twitter?
    9. Who do you like to follow on social media?
    10. What advice do you have for Elon Musk?

    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 'speech'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Elon Musk?
    5. What do you know about spam bots?
    6. What do you think of conspiracy theories?
    7. Have you read false information about vaccinations?
    8. Should Twitter allow Donald Trump back?
    9. What new things should Twitter do?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Elon Musk?

    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's richest person, Elon Musk, has (1) ____ the social media site Twitter. Mr Musk bought the company for $44 billion. On April the 4th, he bought 9.1 per cent (2) ____ Twitter for $2.64 billion. Twitter's value (3) ____ by 27 per cent after this. Musk then made a follow-(4) ____ offer to buy the whole company, but the board of directors rejected this. However, on April the 25th, the board publicly accepted Mr Musk's offer. Musk is number seven on the list of Twitter's most-followed people. He has 84 million followers. Former U.S. President Barack Obama (5) ____ the list with 131 million followers. Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey said he was happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I (6) ____ his mission."

    Mr Musk said he wants to open up Twitter more to free speech. One of his biggest (7) ____ is to remove spam bots, which fill Twitter with fake tweets. Many spam bots are used to tweet (8) ____ information to people voting in elections. They are also used to spread conspiracy theories (9) ____ vaccinations, immigration and other social issues. Mr Musk said he wants to introduce new products. He said the company has "tremendous potential". One big question people are asking is whether Musk will allow former U.S. President Donald Trump (10) ____ on the platform. He was (11) ____ in January 2021. Other concerns people have are about hate speech. Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a rise (12) ____ hate speech.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     buys     (b)     buying     (c)     bought     (d)     buy    
    (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     for    
    (a)     rose     (b)     tulip     (c)     climber     (d)     flowered    
    (a)     up     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    (a)     stop     (b)     tops     (c)     atop     (d)     pots    
    (a)     tryst     (b)     thrust     (c)     thirst     (d)     trust    
    (a)     targets     (b)     sights     (c)     goals     (d)     aims    
    (a)     fails     (b)     fierce     (c)     farce     (d)     false    
    (a)     about     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    (a)     return     (b)     back     (c)     be     (d)     come    
    (a)     binned     (b)     banned     (c)     band     (d)     bend    
    (a)     up     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     over

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  Mr Musk said he wants to open up Twitter more to free speech. One of his biggest aims is to remove spam
    (...)  offer. Musk is number seven on the list of Twitter's most-followed people. He has 84 million
    (...)  followers. Former U.S. President Barack Obama tops the list with 131 million followers. Twitter's co-founder
    (...)  bots, which fill Twitter with fake tweets. Many spam bots are used to tweet false information to people voting
    (...)  of directors rejected this. However, on April the 25th, the board publicly accepted Mr Musk's
    (...)  Jack Dorsey said he was happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I trust his mission."
    (...)  issues. Mr Musk said he wants to introduce new products. He said the company has "tremendous
    (...)  people have are about hate speech. Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a rise in hate speech.
    (...)  President Donald Trump back on the platform. He was banned in January 2021. Other concerns
    company for $44 billion. On April the 4th, he bought 9.1 per cent of Twitter for $2.64 billion. Twitter's value
     (...)  in elections. They are also used to spread conspiracy theories about vaccinations, immigration and other social
    (...)  potential". One big question people are asking is whether Musk will allow former U.S.
    (...)  rose by 27 per cent after this. Musk then made a follow-up offer to buy the whole company, but the board
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    Put the words in the right order

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    2. per   rose   cent   27   Twitter's   after   by   this   .   value
    3. people   .   list   on   Seven   Twitter's   most-followed   of   the
    4. followers   .   tops   131   list   with   the   Obama   million
    5. He's   new   Twitter's   that   happy   Mr   is   Musk   owner   .
    6. open   to   speech   .   to   Twitter   He   wants   free
    7. to   tweet   used   Spam   false   are   bots   information   .
    8. vaccinations  .  about   spread   used   to   conspiracy   theories  They're
    9. Musk   new   wants   to   he   products   .   introduce   said
    10. people   are   Other   have   concerns   hate   about   speech   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The world's richest / rich person, Elon Musk, has bought the social media site Twitter. Mr Musk brought / bought the company for $44 billion. On April the 4th, he bought 9.1 per cent for / of Twitter for $2.64 billion. Twitter's value rose / tulip by 27 per cent after this. Musk then made a follow-up offer to buy the hole / whole company, but the board of directors rejected this / them. However, on April the 25th, the board publicly / public accepted Mr Musk's offer. Musk is number seven on / at the list of Twitter's most-followed people. He has 84 million followers. Former U.S. President Barack Obama stops / tops the list with 131 million followers. Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey said he was happy that Mr Musk is Twitter's new owner. He said: "I trust / truth his mission."

    Mr Musk said he wants to open up Twitter more to freely / free speech. One of his biggest aims is to remove spam / beef bots, which fill Twitter with fake tweets. Many spam bots are used to tweet falsely / false information to people voting in elections. They are also used to spread conspiracy theory / theories about vaccinations, immigration and other social tissues / issues. Mr Musk said he wants to introduce new products / produce. He said the company has "tremendous potential". One big question people are asking is whether Musk will allow farmer / former U.S. President Donald Trump back on the platform. He was banned / binned in January 2021. Other concerns people have are  / be about hate speech. Human rights groups say a more open Twitter could lead to a rise on / in hate speech.

    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 worlds richest person elon musk has bought the social media site twitter mr musk bought the company for 44 billion on april the 4th he bought 91 per cent of twitter for 264 billion twitters value rose by 27 per cent after this musk then made a followup offer to buy the whole company but the board of directors rejected this however on April the 25th the board publicly accepted mr musks offer musk is number seven on the list of twitters mostfollowed people he has 84 million followers former us president barack obama tops the list with 131 million followers twitters cofounder jack dorsey said he was happy that mr musk is twitters new owner he said i trust his mission

    mr musk said he wants to open up twitter more to free speech one of his biggest aims is to remove spam bots which fill twitter with fake tweets many spam bots are used to tweet false information to people voting in elections they are also used to spread conspiracy theories about vaccinations immigration and other social issues mr musk said he wants to introduce new products he said the company has tremendous potential one big question people are asking is whether musk will allow former us President donald trump back on the platform he was banned in january 2021 other concerns people have are about hate speech human rights groups say a more open twitter could lead to a rise in hate speech

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    Theworld'srichestperson,ElonMusk,hasboughtthesocialmediasiteT
    witter.MrMuskboughtthecompanyfor$44billion.OnAprilthe4th,hebo
    ught9.1percentofTwitterfor$2.64billion.Twitter'svalueroseby27per
    centafterthis.Muskthenmadeafollow-upoffertobuythewholecompa
    ny,buttheboardofdirectorsrejectedthis.However,onAprilthe25th,th
    eboardpubliclyacceptedMrMusk'soffer.Muskisnumbersevenonth
    elistofTwitter'smost-followedpeople.Hehas84millionfollowers.Form
    erU.S.PresidentBarackObamatopsthelistwith131millionfollowers.T
    witter'sco-founderJackDorseysaidhewashappythatMrMuskisTwitt
    er'snewowner.Hesaid:"Itrusthismission."MrMusksaidhewantstoope
    nupTwittermoretofreespeech.Oneofhisbiggestaimsistoremovespa
    mbots,whichfillTwitterwithfaketweets.Manyspambotsareusedtotwe
    etfalseinformationtopeoplevotinginelections.Theyarealsousedtospr
    eadconspiracytheoriesaboutvaccinations,immigrationandothersoci
    alissues.MrMusksaidhewantstointroducenewproducts.Hesaidtheco
    mpanyhas"tremendouspotential".Onebigquestionpeopleareaskingi
    swhetherMuskwillallowformerU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpbackonth
    eplatform.HewasbannedinJanuary2021.Otherconcernspeoplehave
    areabouthatespeech.HumanrightsgroupssayamoreopenTwittercoul
    dleadtoariseinhatespeech.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Free speech is very, very important. 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. TWITTER: Make a poster about Twitter. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FREE SPEECH: Write a magazine article about anybody being able to write anything on Twitter. 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 Twitter. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on Twitter. 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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