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  1. 1. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 58 of 79 LODESTAR LESSON-13 MOBILE PHONE Talking on the phone Saanyaan has posted a link for reading from Englishclub.com: Are Cell Phones Dangerous? Read more………… Activity 1: Individual work Mobile phones: Writing task Work Sheet-A Look at the first two rows of the grid below and the different reasons people use their mobile phones. Reasons people use phones Reasons you use your mobile phone Conversation or text message To let their people know where they are To flirt with someone As a clock To play games Just to say hello To arrange to meet friends To find out about the cinema or football result • Now fill in the grid for you • Number the empty boxes 1-7 with 1 being the most frequent reason you use your mobile phone • If you do not have a mobile phone then fill in the table assuming that if you had one why would you use that for? Neighbor • Now decide for each reason whether you would prefer to speak to someone or whether you send a text message • Write C for choosing conversation or TM for text message as your preference in each box
  2. 2. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 59 of 79 LODESTAR Activity2: Role Play Call someone: Speaking task It’s now your turn to create your own telephone conversation. Read the situation on your card and ask about any words you do not understand from the instructor. Here are few situations that should trigger your conversation. You can use your mobile phone to make a real call to your chosen partner and start conversation. Choose from the situation A-F and start conversation with your partner. (A) You need to some help for preparing for your Physiology exam. Call a friend you think would help you in this regard. (B) Call a friend and plan for a shopping at Bashundhara City Mall on Friday and ask her to call another friend to find out if he / she is. (C You phone your best friend the morning of his / her birthday. (D Call your Bio-Chemistry teacher to ask him for a time he / she can help you with the lesson you missed since you were absent in the last class (E) Call a friend to find out whether he / she has watched the match between Bangladesh and South Africa in the World Cup. (F) Phone your friend to find out where they are. You have been waiting for them in a restaurant for twenty minutes.
  3. 3. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 60 of 79 LODESTAR Activity 3: Individual Work Text Messages: Writing task • What do you think the following words / messages mean? • Can you see the same codes in English? GR8- ASAP Cu18r- CU BBFN- TK KR KIT- WATZUP THNQ- XLENT Now Send message using the short form to text something to your friend. • First of all write it in English and then translate it into a text message. Send it to someone in the class. When you receive a message write a reply. Few can use your mobile phones to do this drill in real life situation. Contexts for messages: • You need to cancel a trip to the Cox’s Bazaar because you need to pick-up your uncle from airport • Arrange with a good friend to go shopping on Friday at the shopping centre • Text your sister congratulating her on passing her exam with good grades • Contact our friend to say that you are going to be late meeting them because of a bus strike • Send a text message to your friend to find out where they are. You have been waiting for them in a cafe for twenty minutes Worksheet:
  4. 4. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 61 of 79 LODESTAR Activity 4: Pair work Pre reading vocabulary check: Word Meaning Conducted (verb) carried out with control Definitive (adj.) complete; well understood Device (noun) a thing that people use for a specific purpose Err on the side of caution (idiom) take the necessary precaution due to a possible risk Funded (verb) paid or partially paid for Gaming consoles (noun)electronic devices that allow people to play video games Hazardous (adjective) dangerous; could cause injury or health problems Illustrate (verb) show Logical (adj). makes sense Long term exposure (noun) the use or close proximity to something over a long period of time Mobile phone (noun) a wireless phone that can be carried with you out of the home and office Potential (noun.) good possibility Radiation (noun) a type of energy that is transmitted as waves or rays Tissue (noun) group of cells in the body that work together Tobacco (noun) dried leaves found in cigarettes Now Read the following article and discuss about the health hazards of mobile phones from your understanding of the context. Are Cell Phones Dangerous? Reading Is talking on a cell phone hazardous to your health? It is difficult to know for sure. Some research suggests that heavy users of mobile phones are at a greater risk of developing brain tumours. However, many other studies suggest there are no links between cancer and cell phone use. The main problem with the current research is that mobile phones have only been popular since the 1990s. As a result, it is impossible to study the long term exposure of cell phone use. This
  5. 5. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 62 of 79 LODESTAR concerns many health professionals who point out that many cancers take at least 10 years to develop. Another concern about these studies is that many have been funded by those who benefit financially from the cell phone industry. Over three billion people use cell phones on a daily basis, and many talk for more than an hour a day. Cell phone antennas are similar to microwave ovens. While both rely on electromagnetic radiation, the radio waves in cell phones are lower in radio frequency (RF). Microwave ovens have enough RF to cook food and are therefore known to be dangerous to human tissues. However, the concern is that the lower frequency radio waves that cell phones rely on may also be dangerous. It seems logical that holding a heat source near your brain for a long period of time is a potential health hazard. Some researches believe that other types of wireless technology may also be dangerous to human health, including laptops, cordless phones, and gaming consoles. Organizations that are oncerned about the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation suggest replacing all cordless devices with wired ones. They say that many cordless phones emit dangerous levels of EMR even when they are not in use. They even suggest keeping electronic devices, such as computers and alarm clocks out of bedrooms, or at least six feet from your pillow. A growing number of health professionals worldwide are recommending that cell phone users err on the side of caution until more definitive studies can be conducted. They recommend that adults use head sets or speaker phones and that children and teens, whose brain tissue are still developing, use cell phones only for emergencies. Concerned medical experts use the example of tobacco to illustrate the potential risks. Many years ago, people smoked freely and were not concerned about the effects of cigarettes on their health. Today, people know that cigarettes cause lung cancer, though it is still unknown exactly how or why. Some doctors fear that the same thing will happen with devices such as cell phones.
  6. 6. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 63 of 79 LODESTAR Activity 5: Group Discussion Health hazards and Mobile phones: Conversation questions 1. Do you use a cell phone? If yes, how much time do you spend on it? Do you think your health is at risk? 2. Besides a cell phone, what type of wireless technology do you use? Do you feel safe using it? 3. Are you the type of person who errs on the side of caution, or do you take risks? 4. If your doctor told you not to use your cell phone for long periods of time would you agree? 5. Do you think children and teens should have their own cell phones? Why or why not? Activity 6: Individual Task The annoying ringing: Speaking Drill 1. Write five situations when you do not like to take a call on your mobile phones. 2. Now tell the class when and why you do not anyone to call you. Dialogue 8 Brian: Oh it has rained up to now! Linda: How long have you been living here? It is very nice! Brian: I have been living here for 2 years and I have been studying for 1 year. Linda: And how long has your father been here? Brian: Dad has been working for 15 years in London and he has been married to his new wife for 13 years! Oh look, the new vase just broke. The dog hit it. Linda: You have a dog! Brian: Have you ever had a dog? Linda: I have never had a dog, but I had a cat for 5 years ! Brian: Tssss... I have not had the vase long. I just bought it... for you! Linda: Oh, that is very nice! But look, the flowers are still in the vase! Brian: Oh, but the dog has also hidden my glasses. Now I cannot see at all... Linda: You wear glasses? Brian: I have been wearing glasses for 2 weeks at home! I got them for Christmas! Can you help me look for them? … Linda: We already have been looking for … hmmm … for 2 hours now. Maybe you forgot them at work?
  7. 7. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 64 of 79 LODESTAR Brian: No, I always leave them at home... I have never taken them to work, because I only need my glasses in the morning and in the evening. And I saw them at noon. Linda: We have been looking for them since 8! In the cabinet, over the couch, under the couch, beside the couch, on the couch, on the shelf on the wall, in the corners.... Brian: You’re right, we began to search at eight o'clock. I am sorry. I still have not offered you a drink. Linda: It does not matter, I am actually rather tired. Brian: Do you have to work tomorrow? Linda: No, I do not have to work on Fridays.... Have you already checked in the bedroom, my sweet mole? Brian: Oh, good idea. Hahaha... Come on, the bedroom is up-stairs... Free En glish Work- & Textbook on: www.english-portal.net Grammar 8 A: Present Perfect Simple: Practice the irregular verbs! Singular: Plural: 1. I have been playing 1. We have been playing 2. You have been playing 2. You have been playing 3. He has been playing, she has been playing, it has been playing 3. They have been playing Grammar 8 C: Present Simple vs. Progressive:
  8. 8. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 65 of 79 LODESTAR When to use the present perfect simple? When to use the present perfect progressive? • An action in the past has a result now. We are interested in the action itself and in the result of the action, • for new and recent information. • When we want to express how long an action has been going on (unfinished actions or recently/just stopped actions). Grammar 8 D: Prepositions: Types of Prepositions: Examples (there are no simple “rules”; study prepositions together with appropriate nouns/verbs)! Prepositions of place (“Where?”) On, at, over, under, next to, below, off, in front of, behind, in… Prepositions of time (“When?”) On, at, Till, until, after, from … to, since, for, in … Other prepositions With, without, about, against, from, for … Exercise 8 A: Fill in the correct present perfect form of the verb. Choose from this box: been been been been been been been been been had had had has has has has has have Have have have have have have have have have hidden living living looking looking married rained studying taken wearing working Brian: Oh it ________ ________ up to now! Linda: How long________you ________ ________ here? It is very nice! Brian: I ________ ________ ________
  9. 9. PRACTICAL SPOKEN BOOK Page 66 of 79 LODESTAR here for 2 years and I________________ ________ for 1 year. Linda: And how long ________ your father ________ here? Brian: Dad ________ ________ ________ for 15 years in London and he ________ ________ ________ to his new wife for 13 years! Oh look, the new vase just broke. The dog hit it. Linda: You have a dog! Brian: ________ you ever ________ a dog? Linda: I ________ never ________ a dog, but I had a cat for 5 years! Brian: Tssss... I ________ not ________ the vase long. I just bought it... for you! Linda: Oh, that is very nice! But look, the flowers are still in the vase! Brian: Oh, but the dog ________ also ________ my glasses. Now I cannot see at all... Linda: You wear glasses? Brian: I ________ ________ ________ glasses for 2 weeks at home! I got them for Christmas! Can you help me look for them? … Linda: We already ________ ________ ________ for … hmmm … for 2 hours now. Maybe you forgot them at work? Brian: No, I always leave them at home... I ________ never ________ them to work, because I only need my glasses in the morning and in the evening. And I saw them at noon. Linda: We ________ ________ ________ for them since 8! Exercise 8 B: Fill in the correct preposition, or leave blank if no preposition is needed. Choose from this box: at at at at beside for for In in in in in on on on on over since under upstairs to Linda: We already have been looking ________ … hmmm … ________ 2 hours now. Maybe you forgot them ________ work? Brian: No, I always leave them________home... I have never taken them ________ work, because I only need my glasses ________ the morning and ________ the evening. And I saw them ________ noon. Linda: We have been looking for them ________ 8! ________ the cabinet, ________ the couch, ________ the couch, ________ the couch, ________ the couch, ________ the shelf ________ the wall, ________ the corners.... Brian: You’re right, we began to search ________ eight o'clock. I am sorry. I still have not offered you a drink. Linda: It does not matter, I am actually rather tired. Brian: Do you have to work tomorrow? Linda: No, I do not have to work ________ Fridays.... Have you already checked ________ the bedroom, my sweet mole? Brian: Oh, good idea. Hahaha... Come on, the bedroom is ________...

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