- Практические: формирование практических
умений в чтении, письме и говорении.
- Образовательные: учить правильно
употреблять языковые средства, строить фразы,
повышать общую культуру выражения мысли.
- Развивающие: развивать мышление, память,
логику, воображение, самостоятельность.
- Воспитательные: формировать мотивацию к
изучению иностранного языка.
Оборудование: варианты заданий,
карточки с картинками, кроссворд.
Начало урока: приветствие, сообщение
Teacher: Good morning, students!
It is no wonder that the 21st century is regarded as
information age. The
mass media actually rule the world and play a very important part in our
Newspapers, radio, TV and the Internet inform us of what is going on in
the world and give
us wonderful possibilities for education and entertainment. But how do
you understand the
word "mass media”?
Student: The mass media include all the people and
organizations that provide
information and news for the public. The mass media can be print and
Teacher: Right you are. And now let’s read the text about
the mass media and then
we are going to do some exercises. But before reading the text let’s
read some active
words and word combinations:
news-stand – газетный киоск
background information – "закулисная информация”
natural disasters – природные катастрофы
celebrity – знаменитость
intimate – личный
unreliable – ненадёжный
documentary – документальный фильм
feature film – художественный фильм
violence – насилие
to dull – притуплять
sensitivity – чувствительность
catastrophe – катастрофа
TV addict – теленаркоман
to hook – цеплять крючком, зд. делать зависимым
disabled people – люди, потерявшие трудоспособность
Newspapers are especially important nowadays and we
our life without them. There are dozens of them on every news-stand.
There are newspapers
for professionals, for businessmen, for children and teenagers, for men
and women, for
sports fans, for those who are interested in gardening, fishing,
hunting, for those who
keep pets and so on. Some newspapers publish serious articles on
politics, economy and
finance, some aim to entertain their readers. Many newspapers express
opinion and people choose them according to their own political beliefs.
In short, you can
always find a paper which suits your interests. The advantage of all the
that they usually provide us with extra detail, comment and background
information. But it
is bad that very often newspapers are full of dramatic events about
plane crashes, murders and robberies. Having read such articles, you
feel depressed and it
seems that the world is being ruined. One more disadvantage is that
newspapers are full of
gossip about different celebrities and their private lives. There are
also a lot of photos
of them in their most intimate moments. I think it shouldn’t be allowed,
besides half of
this information is unreliable.
The main source of news for millions of people is television. With
its help we can see
everything with our own eyes. It is the window on the world which gives
us an opportunity
to "travel” all over the world. TV gives us food for thought, introduces
us to new
ideas and activities. It has the power to educate and broaden our minds.
It helps us to
relax after a hard day’s work and to escape from reality. There is
always a great
variety of programmes on TV: news and sport programmes, talk shows and
documentaries and feature films, concerts and theatre performances. But
nowadays there is
a lot of violence on TV. As George Mikes once said, TV teaches us "how
to kill, to rob,
to shoot and to poison.” We watch hits where people are killed before
our very eyes. It
dulls our sensitivity and when we learn about one more tragedy or
catastrophe, we perceive
it as something quite natural, just like an everyday affair. Some people
become TV addicts
and they won’t give up TV for anything in the world. Nowadays some
children are so
addicted to TV that they are not interested in anything else: they don’t
communicate with adults and other children, they move less, speak less
and they even think
less. Though there are a lot of excellent educational programmes for
programmes designed for schools. They help children to extend their
knowledge, expose them
to different people and places and to develop their imagination.
Many people prefer the radio. It is good to listen to it in the car,
or in the open
air, or when you do something about the house.
The Internet has recently become another important
information. It is regarded as the latest addiction to trap thousands of
people which has
been blamed for broken relationships, job losses, financial ruin and
Psychologists now recognize Internet Addiction Syndrome (IAS) as a new
illness that could
cause serious problems and ruin many lives. Many users spend up to 40
hours a week on the
Internet. Some of the addicts are teenagers who are already hooked on
Read the following sentences and circle TRUE or FALSE:
|1) You will hardly find a newspaper which suits your interests.
|2) The advantage of all the newspapers is that they are full of
gossip about different
celebrities and their private lives.
|3) Television helps us to relax after a hard day’s work and to
escape from reality.
|4) Some people become TV addicts and they won’t give up TV for
anything in the
|5) Thanks to television children become more active and
|6) Programmes about violence make people more sensitive.
|7) The Internet is regarded as the latest addiction to trap
thousands of people.
|8) Some of the addicts are disabled people who are already
hooked on computer games.
Exercise № 2.
Complete each sentence with the most appropriate word from
|disadvantage, sensitivity, imagination, to dull,
to provide, violence,
disaster, celebrity, disabled, hooked, intimate, to educate,
catastrophe, to communicate
- We need to ………. people so that they understand the importance of a
- You don't have to use your ………. when you're watching television.
- He's a national ………. (celebrity)
- She has always shown a ………. to audience needs and tastes.
- My fear and anxiety ………. my mind. (dull)
- She's on ………. terms with people in government. (intimate)
- There is too much brutality and ………. on TV these days. (violence)
- Her son is ………. and she has to take care of him all the time.
- Your main ………. is your lack of job experience. (disadvantage)
- Some parents who are concerned about computer games believe their
- The money will be used to ………. the school with new computer
- Now that we live in different cities, we ………. by e-mail.
Exercise № 3.
Complete the crossword using the words from the text.
1. A sudden event such as a flood, storm, or accident which causes
great damage or
2. A terrible event in which there is a lot of destruction,
suffering, or death
3. A film or television or a radio programme that gives detailed
information about a
particular subject (documentary)
4. A computer system that allows millions of computer users around
the world to
exchange information (Internet)
5. Facts or details that tell you something about a situation,
person, event etc
6. Something that happens, especially something important,
interesting or unusual
7. The information, skills, and understanding that you have gained
through learning or
8. The ability to form pictures or ideas in your mind (imagination)
9. Behaviour that is intended to hurt other people physically
10. Something that you watch on television or listen to on the radio
11. A piece of electronic equipment shaped like a box with a screen,
on which you can
watch programmes (television)
12. A programme on television or on the radio or a performance for
especially one that includes singing, dancing, or jokes (show)
Exercise 4. Comment on the following pictures using the words
(to spend up to 10 hours a day on the Internet; to be addicted; to
sites; to be glued to the screen)
(to switch to another channel; a TV-addict; to relax after a hard
day’s work; to
watch news, sport programs, talk shows, TV games, documentaries, feature
films, etc.; not
to give up TV for anything in the world)
(to listen to the radio; loud music; the latest news; some useful and
(to be full of gossip; background information; articles about natural
crashes, murders and robberies; unreliable information; to feel
Exercise № 5.
Tell which of these things you do. Explain your choice:
- I read a lot of newspapers and magazines.
- I watch television for many hours a day.
- I’m fond of listening to music on the radio.
- I can’t live without the Internet and I spend much time on
- I prefer spending my free time outdoors or going on for sport
than watching TV,
reading newspapers or listening to the radio.
Teacher: So you have learnt some information about the
mass media. Now you are to
give your personal opinion and to express your point of view. Give your
arguments for and
against the mass media.
Student 1: I am fond of watching TV as gives me an opportunity to see
the whole world
staying at home.
Student 2: But it degrades the eyesight and makes us lazier. We stay
at home instead of
going for a walk or playing outdoor games.
Student 3: There are a lot of excellent educational programmes and
films on TV.
Student 4: I agree with you, but there are a lot of silly programmes
and commercials as
well. Besides there is too much violence on TV these days.
Student 5: As for me, I prefer listening to music on the radio. I can
listen to my
favourite songs washing the dishes or cleaning my room.
Student 1: But radio doesn’t give you an opportunity to see
everything with your own
Student 5: Yes, but it informs me about the latest news.
Student 6: I like reading newspapers as I can always find some
interesting and useful
Student 2: But newspapers are always full of bad news and dramatic
events. What is more
there is too much gossip and unreliable information in them.
Student 7: You will certainly agree that the Internet is a great
source of information
Student 3: But the Internet is addictive as well as drinking or
smoking. It is harmful
to spend too much time in front of the computer screen.
Teacher: So, what conclusion can we come to?
Student 4: We can say that the mass media have both advantages and
disadvantages. It is
up to us to decide how to use them.
Teacher: You are quite right. Thank you for participating
in our discussion. You
are very active today. I hope that the theme of our lesson was
interesting for you.