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The Internet and Social Networking Sites

Конспект урока

Педагогика и дидактика

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

Английский

2014-02-26

115.5 KB

13 чел.

The   Internet and Social Networking Sites.

Suggested level – B1 intermediate

Olena Danylko                                                                      

a teacher of English,

lyceum №3,Zugres-2,

Donets’k  region

Objectives

   -to improve students’ speaking, listening and reading skills;

   -to develop creative way of thinking;

   -to develop students’ informational and communicative competencies;

   -to enlarge pupil’s vocabulary.

Equipment: the multimedia board with the Internet page, a mind map, a CD player.

Procedure

I.   Introduction

T: Good morning, dear students!  I am glad to see you healthy and in a good mood. I am sure you are very interested in what we are going to talk about today.

Have you noticed how our life is changing? We can’t live without information nowadays.

Most people use the Internet and social networks as the main sources of information. Which of them is better, what their advantages and disadvantages are. In our today’s lesson we’ll speak about it.

II. Warming-up

1.Brainstorming

T:  First of all, let’s dwell a bit what social network is.

A social  network is a social structure made up of individuals (organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

                                                                                               (From Wikipedia)

T:  Explain  the following statement and use it in situations of your own.

                                                                             Technology is a queer thing.

It brings you great gifts with

one  hand  and  it  stabs  you

in  the back  with  the  other.

                                                     

2. Practising vocabulary.

Which words and expressions do you associate with the notion: social networking sites and the Internet.

          Hacker                Browser                   Software              Information junky

        The Net                                                                                  Cyber criminal

         Facebook                     Twitter                 My Space                       Internet addiction

III.  Main part.

1. Speaking.

Social networking has taken the world by storm. Almost everybody at some point in time is or has been a member of a top social network website and for many that page has become their main means of communication.

Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites October 2011.

   1 Facebook        700,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

   2 Twitter             200,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  3 LinkedIn          100,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly

  4 MySpace          80,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  5 Ning                 60,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  6 GooglePlus+    32,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  7 Tagged             25,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

   8 orkut                 15,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  9 hi5                     11,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  10 myyearbook   7,450,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

 11 Meetup          7,200,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  12 Badoo            7,100,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

 13 bebo               7,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  14 mylife            5,400,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

  15 friendster       4,900,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

Group work

T: Information is becoming the drug of the Twenties. The research, conducted among 1000 managers in Britain, America, Europe shows that, as information sources such as the Internet and social networks proliferate, we are witnessing the rise of a generation of dataholics. The study also investigated the habits of the children of 300 managers and found 55 per cent of parents were concerned their children world become information junkies. Do the Internet and social networks have more advantages or disadvantages?

(Students answer the questions).

(Teacher asks students to split into two groups: Optimistic these who think that social networks have more advantages, Pessimistic – disadvantages. In their groups students make lists of advantages (Optimistic) and disadvantages (Pessimistic) of social networks.)

Advantages

  •  Social networks give us communication, connections with a lot of people.
  •  Find new friends & meet new people.
  •  A search for classmates, old friends.
  •  Great possibilities for advertisement & job finding.
  •  Interests. For many visitors social networks are the pleasant spending of time.

Disadvantages

  •  The information spread in social network may be used by anyone, without users’ even knowing it.
  •  Contact details may be used for spam.
  •  People, who are too interested in social networks spend there all free time and don’t pay attention to their families. In such case, such hobby can spoil real life relationships.
  •  The absence of control can harm the psychics of children.
  •  Medics often say that social networks are dangerous because they cause the addiction and it is really so.
  •  Particulary if people have problems in their life, they spend a lot of time in social networks so replacing life with social networks.

2. Listening.

Before listening

T: Listen to the text and try to understand its main idea.

A lot of knowledge is a dangerous thing for addicts of the Internet

Technology is  like a fish. The longer it       stays on the shelf the less desirable it becomes.

                                                                                                                                   Andrew Heller

 

Glossary:  proliferate - швидко зростати

                  quest - пошуки

                  curtail -  скорочувати

                  overload  - перевантаження

                  junky -  розм. наркоман

                  self-confessed -  який відкрито визнає себе (кимось)

While listening

T: Pay attention to the facts that unknown to you.

Information is becoming the drug of the Nineties.

The research, conducted among 1000 managers in Britain, America, Europe  and the Far East shows that, as information sources such as the Internet and cable news channels proliferate, we are witnessing the rise of a generation of dataholics.

The quest for information can lead to stress. Almost two-thirds said their leisure time had been curtailed as a result of having to work late to cope with vast amounts of information; 70 per cent reported loss of job satisfaction and tension with colleagues because of information overload.

The study also investigated the habits of the children of 300 managers and found 55 per cent of parents were concerned their children would become information junkies.

Forty-six per cent of parents believed their children spent more time on their PCs than interacting with friends. In one case a child had to be wheeled with his computer to the dinner table.

Sue Feldman, mother of Alexander, 13, a self-confessed Internet-addict, said she had not yet been forced to wheeling her son and computer to the table, but said she often served him sandwiches and crisps at his bedroom computer.

Alexander switches on his computer every day when he returns from Latymer school  in Hammersmith to his home at Ealing, west London. “I’d confess to spending up to four hours a day on the Internet looking for information and speaking to friends. It’s like an addiction,” Alexander said.

“If I can’t get on to my computer or the Internet, I do get really frustrated.” He spends most of his time finding out the latest information on pop groups and facts for his homework.

“My parents have to tell me to get off the computer, and they complain a lot, but they also see it as a good thing. Practically everyone in my class has a PC with Internet access so all my friends are also on-line. It’s the way forward.”

After listening

1. Mark the sentences true or false.

  1.  Information is becoming the drug of the Twenties.
  2.  The research conducted among 1000 managers in Britain, America, Europe.
  3.  Fifty-five per cent of parents were concerned their children would become information junkies.
  4.  Forty-eight percent of parents believed their children spent more time on their PCs than interacting with friends.
  5.  Alexander spends most of  his time finding out latest information on the Net and facts for his homework.
  6.  Practically everyone in his class has a PC with Internet access.

Key: 1-T; 2-T; 3-T; 4-F; 5-F; 6-T.

2. Complete the following sentences with the given words:

Internet-addict, information overload, leisure time, quest, Internet.

  1.  The   –   for information can lead to stress.
  2.  Almost two-thirds said their   –   had been curtailed as a result of having to work late to cope with vast amounts of information.
  3.  Seventy per cent reported loss of job satisfaction and tension with colleagues because of      –.
  4.  Alexander, 13, a self-confessed   –   switches on his computer every day when he returns from Latymer school and spending up to four hours a day  on the   –   looking for information and speaking to friends.

Key: 1.quest; 2. leisure time; 3.information overload; 4.Internet-addict,  Internet.

3. Reading.

Before reading

T: I offer you to read  the text “The Internet and Information Revolution”.

1. What words refer only to the Internet?

Internet, animated cartoons, a source of information, to surf, producer, computer screen, a service provider, key-word search, e-mail, website, address, camera-man, cable TV, fax-machine, download, visual information.

Key: Internet, animated cartoons, a source of information, to surf, computer screen, a service provider, key-word search, e-mail, website, address, cable TV, download, visual information.

While reading

“The Internet and Information Revolution”

In 1969, the USE Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency needed a system for computers “to talk” to each other via the telephone. They created a network of computers called DARPANET. In 1984, the US National Science Foundation started the NSNET network, a system of five supercomputer centers.

More and more people and agencies wanted to join the network. NSNET became known as the Inter-Net-Network. People started calling it the Internet.

Today, there are millions computers all over the world which are connected to the Internet.

The World Wide Web is the most popular area of the Internet. The Web is a huge collection of documents, from all over the world. It contains a mixture of texts, images and sounds and is very user-friendly.

The Internet is a source of information that is accessible through a computer. It consists of millions of pages of data about every possible subject. Twenty-five million people surf the Internet every day. The Internet is already the biggest source of information of the planet. It will soon be the main source of material for students and teachers of many different subjects.

To access the Internet, you need a service provider, a company which can bring the Internet to your computer screen. Then you can access the information via your telephone line.

If you have the website address of a company or service that you want, you simply type it and you arrive automatically at the page you want. If you haven’t got a particular website address, there are several directories or search engines which can help you, such as Alta Vista, Yahoo! or Infoseek. There are then two ways to find information-directories and key-word searches.

After reading

   1. Split into 2 groups. Take cards, make up questions and put them to your classmates.

  1.  the Internet, what, is, exactly?
  2.  do, how, it, access, you?
  3.  start, Internet, did, the, country, in, what?
  4.  purpose, was, the, original, what?
  5.  what, NSF, does, for, stand?
  6.  you, can, the Internet, use?

Key:

  1.  What is the Internet exactly?
  2.  How do it access you?
  3.  In what country did the Internet start?
  4.  What was the original purpose?
  5.  What does NSF stand for?
  6.  Can you use the Internet?

  2. Decide whether these statements are true or false.

  1.  The Internet is a source of information that is accessible through a cable TV.
  2.  You can’t access the Internet without a service provider.
  3.  The first network of computers was called DARPANET.
  4.  You can’t do a key-word search without knowing website address.
  5.  The Internet consists of millions of pages of data about different subjects.  

 Key: 1-T; 2-T; 3-T; 4-T; 5-T.

  

4. Writing.

T:  Underline the correct word.

            1. When you save your work on a computer, it is stored on one of its storage devices (equipment) tools – the hard disk or the floppy drive.

            2. A lap top is easy to carry with you, but it’s not as powerful as a proper desktor (desk) office computer.

            3. A word  processor is a software application (appliance) which helps you type, format and edit texts.

Key: 1. devices; 2. desktor; 3. appliance.

T: Match the vocabulary from the box with the definitions:

     Cyber criminal, hacker, cyber terrorist, the Net, virtual, e-mail.

           1. A criminal who uses the Internet;

           2. A system where people can send messages to each other by computer;

           3. Images produced by computers that surround the person looking at them and seem to be real;

           4. Someone who uses the computer for violent political demands;

           5. Computer system that allows millions of people around the world to exchange the information;

           6. A person who enters other people’s computer programs without permission.

 Key: 1.cyber criminal; 2.e-mail; 3.virtual; 4.cyber terrorists; 5.the Internet; 6.hacker.

IV.  Summing-up.

T:  Thus we have discussed some aspects of the theme “The Internet and Social Networking Sites”. Did we find a golden mean?

Ss:  Use all advantages that the Internet and social networking sites offer us but don’t forget about the real life too.

V.  Evaluation. Home assignment.

T:  Thank you for your active work. I was greatly impressed with your answers. Your marks are…

But we have come to the end of our lesson. Write  a short essay “How has the Internet impacted your life?” Be ready to present your thoughts  in class.

References:

1.The Internet resources

2. Тексти для читання та аудіювання. Англійська мова. 5-11класи. – К.:Редакція загально-педагогічних газет, 2003. – 128 с. – (Бібліотека «Шкільного світу»)


 

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