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Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Book & Unit: Engage 3

Objectives: Social media

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Part 1

For each sentence , choose the correct word. Some people are saying that social media is harming our lives. Twenty years ago, people talked to (1) …(some/one/each other), but now they message instead of talk. Many people worry too (2)… (most/ much/ many) about what others think. They post photos and want everyone to like the photo and they (3)…(have /get /make) sad if people do not like it. Maybe people should take a break (4)… (on /from/ in) social media to live the real life. It would be better for people to like each other instead of liking online 'likes'. Also, there is a (5)… (many/ few/ lot) of fake news or posts telling lies about people. This is a global problem. Several parents are banning (6)…. (they /there /their) children from using social media, but it not all bad as it helps to connect people in the world.


Part 2


Social Networking Sites

Social Networks Do the names Myspace, Facebook, Orkut, etc. ring a bell?

They probably do because they are some of the most popular sites on the internet today.

These sites are all called 'social networking' sites because they help people meet and discuss things online. Each of these social networking sites has its own strengths: Myspace is especially popular among teenagers, Facebook is popular with college age people, Orkut is especially loved in Brazil, and Byword is the site to visit in South Korea. The common thread between all of these social networks is that they provide a place for people to interact, rather than a place to go to read or listen to 'content'. Web 2.0 Social networks are considered to be web 2.0. What does this mean? To understand this, it's important to understand what the original web did (often called web 1.0). Back in the nineties, the internet - or web - was a place to go to read articles, listen to music, get information, etc. Most people didn't contribute to the sites. They just 'browsed' the sites and took advantage of the information or resources provided. Of course, some people did create their own sites. However, creating a site was difficult. You needed to know basic HTML coding (the original language the internet uses to 'code' pages). It certainly wasn't something most people wanted to do as it could take hours to get a basic page just right. Things began to get easier when blogs (from web log) were introduced. With blogs, many more people began writing 'posts', as well as commenting on other people's blogs. Myspace Surprises Everybody In 2003 a site named Myspace took the internet by storm. It was trying to mimic the most popular features of Friendster, the first social networking site. It quickly became popular among young users and the rest was history. Soon everyone was trying to develop a social networking site. The sites didn't provide 'content' to people, they helped people create, communicate and share what they loved including music, images and videos. They key to the success of these sites is that they provide a platform on which users create the content. This is very different from the beginning of the internet which focused on providing 'content' for people to enjoy. Key to Success Relying on users to create content is the key to the success of web 2.0 companies. Besides the social networking sites discussed here, other huge success stories include: Wikipedia, and the latest success - Twitter. All of these companies rely on the desire of users to communicate with each other, thereby creating the 'content' that others want to consume. Choose the correct answer to these questions based on the reading selection on the Social Networking Sites. Each question has only one correct answer.

1. Which social networking site was not mentioned in the reading?

A. .Myspace

B. LinkedIn

C. Facebook

2.What is Facebook?

A. A blog

B. A content site

C. A social networking site

3. Where is Orkut especially popular?

A. In Japan

B. In South Korea

C. In Brazil

4. Which phrase best describes what people do at social networking sites?

A. They interact with other people.

B. They browse articles and other content.

C. They code pages in HTML.

5. Social networks are considered:

A. Web 1.0 sites

B. Web 2.0 sites

C. Web blogs

6. What was the original web mainly used for?

A. Interacting with other people

B. Browsing content

C. Creating pages in HTML

7. Why didn't many people create web pages in the beginning?

A. They didn't like communicating with others.

B. They didn't feel comfortable coding HTML pages.

C They didn't know they could create web pages

8. Which is the best description of web 2.0 sites?

A. They are content driven sites.

B. They are platforms for interaction.

C. They are like blogs, but better.

9. What do web 2.0 sites rely on?

A. Articles written by professional journalists

B. Users creating content

C. Fast internet connections

10. What is most important for these new sites?

A. Users' desire to communicate with each other

B. Users' desire to read interesting content written by professionals

C. Users' desire to learn coding


Part 3.

Listening gap fill:

What is ___________________ social networking? I don’t understand it. I know a ___________________. I spend a long time every day on computers. I also have a lot of friends. But I ___________________ of social networks. I joined Facebook but couldn’t be bothered to make my profile. I can’t ___________________ of this site. Most of what I’ve ___________________ so good. Putting too much personal information on this site isn’t a wise idea. I’ve also experimented with Twitter, but again, I don’t ___________________ it has. I suppose it’s good to tell the world what’s happening in countries that take ___________________. My idea of social networking is meeting ___________________ face and talking to them.


Part 4.


Practice asking and answer:

  1. What does Samantha want Tony’s advice about?

  2. What is Tony’s first reaction?

  3. Why is Samantha worried?

  4. What does Tony think they should watch out for?

  5. Why doesn’t Samantha think that looking at the browsing history is a good option?

  6. What does Tony mean when by, “as long as we teach them right from wrong?”

  7. What does Tony mean when he says, “Don’t be so optimistic Samantha.”

  8. Explain, “everything in moderation is okay?”

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think hybrid or blended learning is good for children? Explain.

  2. In what ways has technology made the world a better place?

  3. In what ways has technology made the world a more dangerous place?

  4. What’s the difference between a digital native and a digital immigrant?

Make a video of your answering.


Part 5

Writing :

What are advantages and disadvantages of social media. Write an essay.

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