Unit 10 grade 8: Communication – Skills 1
1.1. Task 1 Unit 10 grade 8
Look at the letters the children from Vietnam and Sweden sent to each other in a penfriend project. Why do you think they chose this way to communicate with each other? (Look at the letters that children from Vietnam and Sweden send to each other in their project by mail. Why do you think they chose this way to communicate with each other)
Guide to answer
I think this method can present love more sincerely. (I think this method can show more sincere feelings.)
1.2. Task 2 Unit 10 grade 8
Read the text. (Read the text.)
COMMUNICATION IN THE FUTURE: WHAT IS THERE FOR US?
About fifty students in two schools in Ha Noi, Viet Nam and Umea, Sweden have been exchanging letters in a penfriend project since 2013. ‘I love to write. You can even stick something on the letter, like this tiny sweet!’ said Linh, from Ha Noi about the project. From the Sweden end, Anders said, ‘It’s so nice to open and read real letters!’ But will this be our future communication? It’s said that in a couple of decades we’ll be using telepathy and holography.
Telepathy uses a tiny device placed into our head. Information will be sent and received directly to and from our brains. We’ll be communicating just by thought over the network! Holography, a video-conference technology with three-dimensional images, will help us interact in real time in completely different places.
Impressed? Maybe, but not everyone thinks the cyberworld will replace the real world. Like the children in the penfriend project, I prefer to chat with my friends over a cup of tea and enjoy their company – life is more meaningful that way!
Look at the highlighted words and match them with their meaning. (Look at the highlighted words and match them with the meaning.)
Guide to answer
1. immediately, without delay – in the real time (immediately)immediately, without delay)
2. to communicate with or react to – interact (communicate with or react to each other)
3. the opposite of a flat image – three-dimentional images (as opposed to flat images)
4. the digital world – cyberworld (digital world)
5. a system of connected parts to share information – network (a system of linked sections for sharing information)
FUTURE COMMUNICATIONS: WHAT FOR US?
About 50 students from 2 schools in Hanoi, Vietnam and Umea, Sweden have been exchanging letters in the project by mail since 2013. “I love writing. You can even stick something on the letter, like this little candy,” Linh, from Hanoi, said of the project. From the Swedish end, Anders says, “It’s great to open and read real mail!” But is this our future way of communicating?It is said that in a few decades, we will use telepathy and laser interferometry.
Telepathy uses a small device placed on our head. Information will be sent and received directly to and from our brains. We will communicate just by thinking online! Laser interferometry, a video conferencing technology with three-dimensional images, will help us interact in real time in completely different places.
Impressive? Maybe, but not everyone thinks that the cyber world will replace the real world. Like the kids in the mailing project, I love chatting with my friends over a cup of tea and enjoying life with them – life makes more sense that way!
1.3. Task 3 Unit 10 grade 8
Answer the following questions. (Answer the following questions)
first. What do the students like about the penfriend project? (What did the students like about your letter project?)
2. What are the two ways of future communication mentioned in the text? Explain how they work?
(What are the two ways of future communication mentioned in the text? Explain how they work?)
3. Do you think the writer is happy with this future of communication? How do you know?
(Do you think the writer is happy with this futuristic way of communication? What do you think?)
Guide to answer
1. They love to write and read real letters/ one student likes to send sweets with the letters as well.
(They love to write and read letters. One student even sent candy with the letter.)
2. They are telepathy and holography. One student uses a tiny device our head to communicate by thought over the network. Hologram gives three-dimensional images and we will be able to interact with each other in real time.
(They are telepathy and laser interferometry. Telepathy uses a small device in our heads to communicate by think online. Panoramic recordings will be able to interact with each other in real time.)
3. She prefers to use real, face-to-face communication because she thinks this makes life more interesting.
(She prefers real, face-to-face communication. Because she thinks it makes life more interesting.)
2.1. Task 4 Unit 10 Grade 8
In small groups, decide whether you agree with the author of this text. Why/why not? Share your ideas with the class. (In small groups, decide if you agree with the author of the article. Why yes, why not?)
Guide to answer
I absolutely agree with the author. Writing letter and F2F meeting is much happier and sticks people closer. Technology may develop and change the ways we communicate, but the real spirit life will be still unchanged, so meeting directly is much more meaningful. (I completely agree with the author. Writing letters and meeting are more fun and bring people closer together. Technology has evolved and changed the way we communicate, but the actual spiritual life won’t. change, so meeting face-to-face makes much more sense.)
2.2. Task 5 Unit 10 grade 8
Class survey. What ways of communication do you use for the following purposes now and what will they be in the year 2030? (Grade survey. What communication styles do you use for the following purposes and what will they be in 2030?)
Guide to answer
3. Practice Task 1
Read the passages below and choose the best title for each passage?
1. __________ Millie is 14 years old and lives in Miami. She has 204 friends – and she makes two or three more friends every week. About 20 of her friends is also live in Miami. Some go to the same school, and others go to the same music clubs and sports centers. She often sees them. The others live in other cities and other countries: England, Canada, Japan … She never meets these friends, but she talks to them on the Internet. They are her “My Space Friends”.
2. __________ Because of websites like MySpace, Yahoo 360 and Bebo, people can make friends online. These websites are very popular all over the world, especially with young people. Users have their own homepage. They give information about themselves. They write letters for their webpage, show photos and give opinions. They write about their favorite films, music and TV programmes.
3. __________ For many young people, a good homepage is an important part of their image. It says: “This is me! I have something to say. These things – and these people – are important in my life.” And these websites are also an easy way to talk to a lot of different people. That is why teenagers like these “friends” websites.
4. __________ But some people are worried that these websites aren’t safe. For example, it is impossible to know that the information on a homepage is true. Perhaps the 14-year-old girl you talk to online is really a 40-year-old man.
5.__________ So here is some advice. Keep your webpage private. (only friends can see a private homepage). Do not put photos of yourself on your homepage. Do not meet people that you only know because of the website. And finally, remember that online friends are fun, but they are not the same as real friends.
Title 1: Why do “friends” websites seem dangerous?
Title 2: How do “friends” websites work?
Title 3: What’s the best advice for people who want to use “friends” websites?
Title 4: Where do Millie’s friends live?
Title 5: How can I find “friends” websites?
Title 6: Why are “friends” popular websites?
4. Practice Task 2
Choose the letter A, B, C or D to answer these following questions
Telephones help people speak to one another when they are apart. For more than a hundred years, nearly every telephone was a landline. A landline telephone is one that needs to be connected by a wire to a network of other telephones. Because of the wires, people could not take those telephones with them when they left their homes or offices.
What if you had to make a call while you were away from home? You had to find a pay phone. Pay phones are landlines found in public places. Many pay phones are on the street. You can make a call from inside a glass or metal space called a phone booth. Once you are inside the booth, you put coins into a slot in the phone to make a call.
Telephones have seen a lot of progress. Today, many people carry cell phones. Cell phones do not need to be connected with wires. They can be used almost anywhere and can fit in an adult’s hand.
Many cell phones sold today are smart phones. A smart phone is a cell phone that has lots of computer-style features. For example, people use smart phones to check e-mail and go on the Internet. And all that can be done using something small enough to carry in a pocket!
Question 1: Does a landline need to be connected by a wire to a network of other telephones?
A. Yes, it does B. No, it doesn’t
Question 2: Why weren’t people able to take the landline with them to work?
A. Because of the wire B. Because of the cost
C. Because of the weather D. Because of the traffic
Question 3: What are payphones?
A. Pay phones are landlines found in home.
B. Pay phones are landlines found in the sea.
C. Pay phones are landlines found in public places.
D. Pay phones are landlines found in the sky.
Question 4: What does “they” in paragraph 3 refer to?
A. landline B. payphone C. cellphone D. mail
Question 5: What is the difference between smart phone and cellphone?
A. It is cheaper B. It weighs
C. It has more features D. It needs restoring
At the end of this lesson, they need to practice reading about the project by letter, practice talking about ways to communicate in the future; Also memorize the following words:
- exchange letter: exchange letters
- a couple of: a few
- decade (n): decade
- tiny device: small device
- directly (adv): directly
- three-dimensional images: three-dimensional images
- interact (v): interact
- impressed (adj): impressed
- cyberworld (n): digital world
- replace (v): replace
- company (n): being with someone, someone you are with