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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) celebrates the advances we have made in how we communicate with each other. It is on May 17 each year because that is the day in 1865 when the International Telegraph Union (ITU) started. The ITU manages how the world shares and uses communications. It has successfully coordinated many important developments in our history. These include the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the world’s first satellite in 1957, and the Internet. The ITU has worked to improve telecommunications in the developing world, and to protect individuals and societies from cyber-crime. WTD raises our awareness of the importance of telecommunications in today’s global village.

The ITU changed its name to the International Telecommunication Union when technology moved on from telegraphs. Its website says it is “the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.” It has 191 member countries and it is “committed to connecting the world”. Today the ITU manages many aspects of our lives. It helps make the rules for broadband Internet and the latest-generation wireless technologies; it helps airplanes and ships navigate the skies and seas; and it oversees the way scientists try to communicate with outer space and possible aliens.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

WTD celebrates the advances

a.

important developments

2

how the world shares and

b.

global village

3.

It has successfully coordinated many

c.

the developing world

4.

the invention of

d.

we have made

5.

improve telecommunications in

e.

uses communications

6.

telecommunications in today’s

f.

the telephone

 

Paragraph 2

1.

technology moved on

a.

issues

2

technology

b.

wireless technologies

3.

governments and the

c.

connecting the world

4.

it is “committed to

d.

from telegraphs

5.

the latest-generation

e.

space

6.

communicate with outer

f.

private sector


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) ___________________ we have made in how we communicate with each other. It is on May 17 each year ___________________ day in 1865 when the International Telegraph Union (ITU) started. The ITU manages ___________________ and uses communications. It has successfully coordinated many important developments in our history. These include the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the ___________________ in 1957, and the Internet. The ITU has worked to improve telecommunications in the developing world, and ___________________ and societies from cyber-crime. WTD raises our awareness of the importance of telecommunications in ___________________.

The ITU ___________________ the International Telecommunication Union when technology moved on from telegraphs. Its website says it is “the leading United Nations _____________________ and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector ___________________ and services.” It has 191 member countries and it is “committed to ___________________”. Today the ITU manages many aspects of our lives. It helps make the rules for broadband Internet and the latest-___________________ technologies; it helps airplanes and ships navigate the skies and seas; and it oversees the way scientists try to communicate ___________________ and possible aliens.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) celebrates the __________ we have made in how we communicate with each other. It is on May 17 each year because that is the day in 1865 when the International Telegraph Union (ITU) __________. The ITU manages how the world shares and __________ communications. It has successfully coordinated many important developments in our history. These include the __________ of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the world’s first __________ in 1957, and the Internet. The ITU has worked to __________ telecommunications in the developing world, and to protect individuals and __________ from cyber-crime. WTD raises our awareness of the importance of telecommunications in today’s __________ village.

 

 

 

improve
started
invention
societies
advances
uses
satellite
global

The ITU __________ its name to the International Telecommunication Union when technology moved on from telegraphs. Its website says it is “the __________ United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global __________ point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.” It has 191 __________ countries and it is “committed to connecting the world”. Today the ITU manages many __________ of our lives. It helps make the rules for broadband Internet and the latest-generation __________ technologies; it helps airplanes and ships __________ the skies and seas; and it oversees the way scientists try to communicate with __________ space and possible aliens.

 

 

focal
 
aspects
navigate
changed
outer
leading
wireless
member


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) celebration / celebrates the advances we have made in how we communicate with each / one other. It is on May 17 each year because that is the day in 1865 when the International Telegraph Union (ITU) started. The ITU managers / manages how the world shares and uses communications. It has successfully coordinated many / much important developments in our history. These include the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the world’s / world first satellite in 1957, and the Internet. The ITU has worked to improve telecommunications in the developing world, and to protect / protecting individuals and societies from cyber-crime. WTD rises / raises our awareness of the importance of telecommunications in today’s global / globally village.

The ITU changed / changing its name to the International Telecommunication Union when technology moved on / at from telegraphs. Its website says it is “the leading / loading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private factor / sector in developing networks and services.” It has 191 members / member countries and it is “committed to connecting the world”. Today the ITU manages many aspects / aspect of our lives. It helps make the rules for broadband Internet and the latest-generation wire / wireless technologies; it helps airplanes and ships navigate the skies and seas; and it oversees the way scientists try to communicate with inner / outer space and possible aliens.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) celebrates the advances we have (1) ____ in how we communicate with each other. It is on May 17 each year because that is the day in 1865 when the International Telegraph Union (ITU) started. The ITU (2) ____ how the world shares and uses communications. It has successfully coordinated (3) ____ important developments in our history. These include the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the (4) ____ first satellite in 1957, and the Internet. The ITU has worked to improve telecommunications in the (5) ____ world, and to protect individuals and societies from cyber-crime. WTD raises our awareness of the importance of telecommunications in today’s (6) ____ village.

The ITU changed its name to the International Telecommunication Union when technology (7) ____ on from telegraphs. Its website says it is “the leading United Nations agency (8) ____ information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.” It has 191 (9) ____ countries and it is “committed to connecting the world”. Today the ITU manages many aspects of our lives. It helps make the (10) ____ for broadband Internet and the latest-generation (11) ____ technologies; it helps airplanes and ships navigate the skies and seas; and it oversees the way scientists try to communicate with outer (12) ____ and possible aliens.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

made

(b)

ordered

(c)

built

(d)

erected

2.

(a)

management

(b)

managers

(c)

manages

(d)

manage

3.

(a)

much

(b)

more

(c)

most

(d)

many

4.

(a)

worlds

(b)

world’s

(c)

worlds’

(d)

world

5.

(a)

developing

(b)

development

(c)

develops

(d)

develop

6.

(a)

globally

(b)

globe

(c)

globes

(d)

global

7.

(a)

forwarded

(b)

moved

(c)

relocated

(d)

changed

8.

(a)

for

(b)

by

(c)

via

(d)

thus

9.

(a)

remember

(b)

dismember

(c)

member

(d)

members

10.

(a)

ruled

(b)

rules

(c)

rulers

(d)

ruler

11.

(a)

wiry

(b)

wires

(c)

wire tap

(d)

wireless

12.

(a)

spaced out

(b)

spatial

(c)

space

(d)

spaces


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the savednac we have made

2.

developments in our iorthsy

3.

the nnnoiteiv of the telephone

4.

in the denepvilgo world

5.

cerby-crime

6.

in today’s global laeilgv

 

Paragraph 2

7.

technology emodv on from telegraphs

8.

the global flcao point for governments

9.

the private cosret

10.

the ITU eaasmgn many aspects of our lives

11.

the latest-erntanieog wireless technologies

12.

uoter space and possible aliens


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the way scientists try to communicate with outer space and possible aliens.

1  )

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) celebrates the advances we have made in how we communicate with each

(    )

the developing world, and to protect individuals and societies from cyber-crime. WTD raises our

(    )

awareness of the importance of telecommunications in today’s global village.

(    )

wireless technologies; it helps airplanes and ships navigate the skies and seas; and it oversees

(    )

other. It is on May 17 each year because that is the day in 1865 when the International Telegraph Union (ITU)

(    )

in 1876, the world’s first satellite in 1957, and the Internet. The ITU has worked to improve telecommunications in

(    )

many important developments in our history. These include the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell

(    )

technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks

(    )

started. The ITU manages how the world shares and uses communications. It has successfully coordinated

(    )

and services.” It has 191 member countries and it is “committed to connecting the world”. Today the ITU

(    )

manages many aspects of our lives. It helps make the rules for broadband Internet and the latest-generation

(    )

The ITU changed its name to the International Telecommunication Union when technology moved

(    )

on from telegraphs. Its website says it is “the leading United Nations agency for information and communication


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

we     have    communicate    made    the    in     advances     how    we

2.

communications     the     shares     uses     how     world     and

3.

in     developments     important     many     history     our

4.

developing     the     in     telecommunications     improve     world

5.

in     village     today’s     telecommunications     global

6.

from     moved     telegraphs     on     technology

7.

for     point     focal     global     the     governments

8.

lives     our     of     aspects     many     manages     ITU     the

9.

seas     and     skies     the     navigate     ships     and     airplanes

10.

with     space     possible     communicate     outer     and     aliens


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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THE WORLD TELECOMMUNICATIONS DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Telecommunications Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about World Telecommunications Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about World Telecommunications Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Telecommunications Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about World Telecommunications Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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