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Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson™
The Answer Lies Online
Pre-Reading Activities
A: What Do You Do?
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TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
Pre-Reading Activities
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  1. 1. Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson™ The Answer Lies Online Pre-Reading Activities A: What Do You Do? Answer these questions in pairs. 1. If you have to find a new job, which of these below would you do in finding the job? (Choose more than one, if you wish.) You'd talk to your cat. You'd talk to your grandparents. You'd talk to a car salesperson. You'd talk to your best friend. You'd use your computer. You'd go to your local library. You'd talk to your parents. You'd look in a newspaper. 2. Here are some other decisions that most people have to make. You have to buy a car. You have to find information about a serious illness. You have to choose which college to go to. You have to find a new place to live. Look again at the list of things you could do in 1. Which of them would you do in making these decisions? Example Answer: I'd probably talk to a car salesperson if I were buying a new car. I wouldn't talk to my grandparents, my cat or use my computer or go the library. I might ask my parents and I'd definitely look in a newspaper. Usually, I'd go to different car salesyards and see what they have for sale. Reading Activities A: Reading For Specific Information Read the article very quickly and answer this question. Which thing are more people doing to help make decisions? Talking to their cat. Talking to their grandparents. Talking to a car salesperson. Talking to their best friend. Using their computer. Going to their local library.
  2. 2. Internet plays bigger role in life decisions: poll W ( I l t l W T b i P n s S e I o t T u q S l o e A c s p g S w i e m w h " b g m c m a ed Apr 19, 2006 WASHINGTON Reuters) - Nearly half of U.S. users of the nternet went online for help with major ife decisions such as finding a college for heir child or looking for a new place to ive, according to a survey released on ednesday. t he results show that the Internet is ecoming increasingly important to users n their everyday lives, according to the ew Internet and American Life Project, a onprofit group which conducted the urvey. I ome 45 percent of Internet users, or an stimated 60 million Americans, said the nternet helped them make big decisions r face a major moment in their life during he previous two years, the survey found. hat was up from 40 percent of Internet sers who answered the same survey uestions in 2002. d pecifically, the survey asked 2,201 adults ast month if the Internet played a crucial r important role in making at least one of ight major life decisions. T n estimated 21 million Americans turned to he Internet when seeking more training for a areer, while 17 million used it to choose a chool for a family member or to help another erson with a major illness, the Pew Internet roup said. ome 16 million Americans used the Internet hen buying a car or making a major nvestment or financial decision, it said. An stimated 10 million Americans used the nternet when looking for a new place to live, 8 illion when changing jobs and 7 million hen dealing with their own major illness or ealth condition, the survey said. It seems likely that the convenience of roadband draws more users to the Internet to eal with some decision," the Pew Internet roup said. However, better online content and ore widely advertised web sites may also ontribute to the rising use of the Internet with ajor life decisions, it said. he survey results were posted on the Internet t www.pewinternet.org. Article © 2006 Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2006 www.english-to-go.com Talking to their parents. Looking in a newspaper. B: Complete The Table Here is a summary of the survey's findings, produced in a table. Read the article and complete the gaps in the table. Number of people interviewed in survey ______ Date survey was carried out ______ Internet users who said it was very helpful when thinking about something very important in 2006. _____ % Internet users who said it was very helpful when thinking about something very important in 2002. _____% Estimated numbers of Americans who used the Internet for making these life decisions in the last 2 years: __ training for a career __ choosing the right school __ looking for information about a disease to help someone else __ choosing a car
  3. 3. __ finding out how to invest money __ looking for somewhere to live __ finding a job __ looking for information on their own health problem C: Choose The Best Summary Which of these is the best summary of today's article? 1. The Internet is now an important way to find information about big decisions for many Internet users in America. 2. Over 50% of American Internet users now go to the Internet when trying to make life decisions. 3. Almost half of Americans now use the Internet to find information about something important to them. D: True, False Or Not Given Decide if these statements are true (T), false (F) or there is no information given in the article (NG). 1. The Pew Group surveyed all American Internet users. 2. The survey will be repeated in 2008. 3. More people used the Internet to find out about a friend's illness than their own health problem. 4. The survey results showed that people went to the Internet for help because it is easy to use. 5. The organizers of the survey think higher quality of information on the Internet could be one of the reasons for its increasing popularity. Post-Reading Activities You may do one or more of these. A: Language Read this part of the article again. In each line find the word that is in the incorrect form and correct it. If you think a line is correct, write 'Correct'. (Do not look at the article again until you have finished!) 1. An estimating 21 million Americans turned to the Internet when seeking 2. more training for a career, while 17 million used it to chose 3. a school for a family member or to help another person 4. with a major ill, the Pew Internet group said. 5. Some 16 million Americans using the Internet when buying 6. a car or making a major investment or financial decision, it said. 7. An estimated 10 million Americans used the Internet when looked 8. for a new place to live, 8 million when changed jobs 9. and 7 million when dealing with their own major illness 10. or healthy condition, the survey said.
  4. 4. B: What Do You Think? Write a short essay saying whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: Over the next twenty years the Internet will slowly replace libraries, newspaper employment pages and phone information lines as the main way of getting information about jobs, study or illnesses. C: Editing And Proofing When you have finished your essay from Post-Reading Activity B, ask another student to read it. Ask them first to look at: 1. your ideas and arguments - Have you said your ideas clearly? Have you explained them and used supporting evidence or arguments? 2. your grammar and vocabulary - What mistakes can they find? 3. the organization of your essay - Is the essay clearly organized?
  5. 5. TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY Pre-Reading Activities A: What Do You Do? - Notes 1. and 2. Answers will vary, but of course very few people would ask their cat for help in looking for a job! Reading Activities A: Reading For Specific Information - Answer Using their computer. B: Complete The Table - Answers Number of people interviewed, 2,201 The survey was carried out in March, 2006. Internet users who said it was very helpful when thinking about something very important in 2006. - 45% Internet users who said it was very helpful when thinking about something very important in 2002. - 40% The following estimated numbers of American Internet users used the Internet for making these life decisions in the last 2 years:21 million - training for a career 17 million - choosing the right school 17 million - looking for information about a disease to help someone else 16 million - choosing a car 16 million - finding out how to invest money 10 million - looking for somewhere to live 7 million - looking for information on their own health problem 8 million - finding a job C: Choose The Best Summary - Answers 1. is the best summary. (2. is incorrect because it is less than 50% and 3. is incorrect because it talks about Americans instead of Americans who have the Internet.) D: True, False Or Not Given - Answers 1. False, 2. NG (It was done in 2002 as well, but the article does not say whether it will be done in another four years.), 3. T, 4. F (The Pew Internet group speculated that this might be the case, but the survey results did not show this.), 5. T. Post-Reading Activities A: Language - Answers 1. estimating estimated 2. chose chose 3. Correct 4. ill illness 5. using used 6. Correct 7. looked looking 8. changed changing 9. Correct 10. healthy health

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