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SPEAKING LANGUAGE: GERMAN

You need to have a discussion with your partner in GERMAN on the topic “tecnología”. Read Laura’s email to her friend Jenny first and then start the different tasks.

 
Querida Jenny,

Esta semana ha pasado algo terrible en mi colegio: ¡nos han prohibido usar los teléfonos móviles! El nuevo director dice que algunos chicos usan sus teléfonos para chatear y hacer compras en línea mientras están en el colegio.

En realidad las personas que usan mal el teléfono son una minoría. Yo y mis amigas usamos los teléfonos en el colegio solo para buscar información en internet relacionada con nuestras asignaturas. Es verdad que también chateamos y escuchamos música, pero sólo cuando estamos en el autobús o cuando llegamos a casa, nunca en el colegio.

El nuevo director es de verdad muy severo… ¿Cómo funciona en tu colegio? ¿Podéis usar los móviles?

¡Escríbeme pronto!

Un abrazo muy grande,
Laura

 
TASK 1

Listen to the first question about Laura’s email

And then explain what has happened at Laura’s school.

HINT

TASK 2

Listen to the second question about Laura’s email

Say why mobile phones have been banned at Laura’s school.

TASK 3

Listen to the third question about Laura’s email

Answer, explaining how Laura feels and what she thinks about the Head’s decision.

HINT

TASK 4

Listen to the fourth question

And say what Laura and her friends use their mobile phones for.

TASK 5

Listen to the fifth question

Then say whether you can use mobile phones at your school.

Expand your answer by saying what you think about your school’s policy regarding the use of mobile phones at school.

TASK 6

Ask your partner whether she/he is allowed to use mobile phones at her/his school.

TASK 7

Listen to the seventh question

And explain how you use your mobile phone.

Expand your answer by saying how many hours you use your phone every day HINT, whether you use it at school, home or when commuting HINT, and what you use it for HINT.

TASK 8

Listen to the eight question.

And talk about the internet, your favourite websites and apps.

HINT

TASK 9

Listen to the ninth question

And answer what you think the advantages and disadvantages of the internet are.

HINT

TASK 10

Ask your partner about online shopping.

Ask her/him what she/he buys online, how often she/he shops online, what she/he thinks the advantages or disadvantages are.

HINT

TASK 11

Listen to your partner’s question

Say what technology you use at school (eg, laptops, iPads, PCs)

Extend your answer by talking about what you do with this technology. HINT

TASK 12

Listen to your partner’s question

Describe how technology will be like in the future. Remember to use the future tense.

HINT

 
 

SPEAKING LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

Now you need to have a discussion with your partner in ENGLISH on the topic holidays. Read the article first and then you can start the different tasks.

 

Dear Laura,

Thanks so much for your email.

Your new Head seems pretty awful… Poor you!

Our school is a bit weird. We’re allowed to have our phones during school time and most teachers even encourage us to use them to research some topics during the lessons. During break time we are free to text or listen to music. We have no rules!

I don’t know whether your head or mine is right. To be honest I think that some students at my school misuse their mobiles: they spend hours stuck to their phone screens instead of talking to each other.

My parents are quite strict regarding the use of technology, so I can’t use my phone too much at home. It’s annoying sometimes.
How are your parents? Can you use your phone as much as you want or do you have rules too?

Remember to reply soon!!
Jenny 🙂 xx

 
TASK 1 – YOU START THE CHAT
Ask your partner a few questions about the text.

Some examples are:
What is Jenny’s school policy regarding the use of mobile phones?
What does Jenny think about it?
Which IT policy is better, according to Jenny: the one at Laura’s school or the one at her school?
What is Jenny’s parents attitude regarding mobile phone use at home?

TASK 2

Ask your partner:

What do your parents feel about teenagers and children using mobile phones?
At what age did your get your first phone? Was it difficult to convince your parents?

TASK 3

Ask your partner:

Do you think parents should control their children’s screen use and time?
Have your parents ever controlled how you use your phone?

TASK 4

Ask your partner:

How much time do you spend on your mobile phone each day?
Do you use any apps to control your screen time? Why?

TASK 5

Ask your partner:

What do you use your phone for?
What are your favourite apps? Why?

If he/she does not talk about Spotify, Instagram and YouTube find out her/his opinion about them.

TASK 6

Say that senior medical officers in the UK have issued screen time recommendations such as banning mobile phones at mealtimes or not taking them into bedrooms. Then ask:

What is your opinion about this? Do you agree with them?
Is there similar advice from health specialists in Spain?

TASK 7

Ask your partner:

Do you think that companies such as Apple, Facebook or Google should do more to prevent people becoming addicted to technology?

TASK 8

Ask your partner:

Do you have any virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Home?

If yes, what do you use it for? Is it useful?
If not, would you like to have one? Why?

TASK 9

Ask your partner:

What do you think technology will be like in the future?

 
 

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