University: English Language and Young People

Topics: English language, Romeo and Juliet, Basic English Pages: 7 (1734 words) Published: May 23, 2013








A. Read summaries 1-4. Listen and match them with speakers A-D.

1. S/he doesn’t buy things on the Internet.________

2. S/he doesn’t trust people in chat rooms.________

3. S/he uses the Internet to find cheap things.________

4. S/he uses the Internet for his / her studies.________

B. Read the questions and match them with speakers A-D from exercise 1. Listen again and check.

1. Do you buy things from the Internet ? ________

2. Have you made any friends through the Internet? ________

3. How often do you use the Internet? ________

4. What do you use the Internet for? ________

C. Read the sentences. Then listen again. Are the statements true or false? Circle (T) true or (F) false: Speaker A
1.has never visited a chat room. TF
2.has never looked for a girl/boyfriend on the Internet. TF 3.thinks everyone on the internet is a liar. TF
Speaker B
4.doesn’t like the Internet because there is too much information. TF 5.believes everything s/he reads online.
6. looks at different sites to check facts.TF
Speaker C
7. never buys things online. TF
8. buys cinema tickets online because they are cheaper. TF 9. wants his / her mum to choose his / her clothes. TF
Speaker D
10. doesn’t use the Internet very often. TF
11. buys coach tickets online because they are cheaper. TF 12. likes to buy his / her own copies of his / her books for university. TF


Read the text . Which paragraph:
A. is about a man who invented a new form of English with a smaller vocabulary? B. is about a man who tried to change the spelling of English? C. introduces the topic?
D. is about how e-mail is changing English?
E. is about a form of English that people use at sea?

1. _____
English is an important global language, but that doesn’t mean its easy to learn. Many experts have tried to make English easier for students to learn — but they weren’t always successful.

2. _____
In 1930, Professor CK Ogden of Cambridge University invented Basic English. It had only 850 words (and just eighteen verbs) and Ogden said most people could learn it in just thirty hours. The problem was that people who learned Basic English could write and say simple messages, but they couldn’t understand the answers in ‘real’ English! It was also impossible to explain a word if it wasn’t in the Basic English word list. For example, if you wanted a water melon, you asked for ‘a large green fruit with the form of an egg, which has a sweet red inside and a good taste’!

3. _____
RE Zachrisson, a university professor in Sweden, decided that the biggest problem for learners of English was spelling, so he invented a language called Anglic . Anglic was similar to English , but with much simpler spelling. Father’ became ‘faadher, ‘new’ became ‘nue’ and ‘years? became yeer’. Unfortunately for some students of English, Anglic never became popular.

4. _____
Even easier is the language which ships’ captains use: it’s called ‘Seaspeak’. Seaspeak uses a few simple phrases for every possible situation, In Seaspeak, for example you don’t say,’ I’m sorry what did you say?’ or ‘I didn’t understand, can you repeat that?’ ... it’s just, ‘Say again.’ No more grammar!

5. ______
In the age of international communication through the Internet who knows?..... a new form of English might appear. A large number of the world’s e-mails are in English and include examples of ‘NetLingo’ like OIC (Oh, I see) and TTYL (Talk to you later) In another fifty years, English as we know it might not exist … we will probably all speak fluent Internetish!...
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