SPECTATOR COLLEGE

Exercise: Technology changes communication

This exercise is linked to the article: Technology changes communication.

This exercise is linked to the article: Technology changes communication.

Opener: How many different forms of communication do you use on an average daily basis? What do you most often use, and how do you communicate differently using each method?
— Write these questions on the board for students to think about, and ask them to answer them in at least a paragraph. Then, call on a few students, asking for their input.

Pre-reading questions: Students should answer the following questions in pairs and briefly discuss their answers. Then, illicit some responses from students.
1) How does your punctuation or word use differ when you use SMS to communicate versus when you send formal emails?
2) How have the changes in communication affects the way people talk to each other?
3) Do you think hiding behind a computer screen makes people say things they otherwise would not? Why or why not?

Reading: Students should read the Spectator College article as a group, with the teacher calling on different people to read different parts.
— After reading, ask students to underline at least one word they are unsure of. Pass out one dictionary per pair, and instruct them to look up the meanings of their words, along with the parts of speech.
— Instruct students to write their words and meanings on the board. The class should copy down each other’s words, and the teacher can use them for a vocabulary quiz.

In-class essay: If you could change the way people today communicate, how would you change it and why? If you could get rid of one form of communication in today’s world, what would it be and why? Explain your answer and give examples to support your reasoning.
—Students should begin answering this essay topic in class (five-paragraph essay format), and if they do not finish, they should do so for homework.


This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator with the support of Sugarbooks, a distributor of foreign language books.

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