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Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online
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The Article Warm-ups Before Reading / Listening While Reading / Listening After Reading Discussion Speaking Listening Gap Fill Homework Answers 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

11 August, 2005

known only by his family name of Lee. became engrossed in the popular battle simulation game Starcraft on August 3 and stayed rooted to his seat for over two days. Top players can rake in substantial amounts of money each year in sponsorship deals alone. keep thousands of players glued to their screens for hours on end. Reuters News Agency reports police sources saying the man died from cardiac arrest “stemming from exhaustion”. His marathon gaming session was apparently interspersed with only the occasional toilet break or five-minute nap. Find this and similar lessons at http://www. The dangers of being addicted to fantasy games are becoming more apparent and tragic.BreakingNewsEnglish. The man. 2005 THE ARTICLE Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online BNE: A 28-year-old South Korean man has died after playing an online computer game for almost 50 hours non-stop in an internet café in the city of Taegu. Paramedics could not resuscitate him and he died shortly after arriving at hospital.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. He had just finished playing when he suddenly collapsed.com 2 . In particular. Lee had recently been fired from his job because of absences attributed to his obsession with gaming. Gamers become immersed in the games and are totally mesmerized by the events unfolding in front of them. MMORPGs. or massively multiplayer online role playing games. an increasingly alluring and lucrative profession in South Korea. Lee was apparently on a quest to become a professional gamer.

Gaming sharpens your mind. vs.BreakingNewsEnglish. put the words into different categories. Gaming makes you less intelligent. Student B. Gaming activates the brain. How ridiculous. PlayStation 3 is best. h. change topics and partners frequently. CONSOLES: Walk around the class and ask each other about the following consoles. vs. Fantasy games are harmless fun. e. f. For more conversation. Gaming is anti-social. Use these prompts to help your conversation: First game / Best game / Technology / Characters / Time / Best score / Consoles / Addictive / Online / The future … Change partners and report on what your first partners said. vs. the second. People said the same about television. talk about your history with video games.com 3 . People should play real sports. a. vs. Gaming means you have lots of friends. 2. vs. vs. decide which of these topics or words are most interesting and which are most boring. 5. Fantasy games are dangerous.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. CHAT: In pairs / groups. South Korea / gaming / online / internet cafés / marathons / toilet breaks / naps / “Starcraft” / Reuters / fantasy / obsessions / addictions / MMORPGs Have a chat about the topics you liked. 2005 WARM-UPS 1. i. Together. GAMING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word “gaming”. not video games. vs. vs. Gaming will always be just a game. Gaming will become a social disease. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Top graphic designers are real artists. b. Which console is the class favorite? • • • • Xbox GameCube PlayStation 2 / 3 Nintendo Revolution • • • • PlayStation Portable PC Nintendo DS Other 3. g. Interactive gaming is best. before moving on to the next one. vs. Xbox is best. just like Picasso. d. TWO-MINUTE DEBATES: Debate each of the arguments below with a partner for just two minutes. Playing alone is best. c. 4. GAMING: In pairs / groups. Gaming will be an Olympic sport one day. Find this and similar lessons at http://www. Student A agrees with the first argument. Are they all the same? Which ones do you like and why? Think of three ways how each console could be improved.

d. c. Some role playing games keep players glued to their screens.BreakingNewsEnglish. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article: a. b. e. his obsession with i. rooted to his d. TRUE / FALSE: a. The man was on a quest to become a professional gamer. j. e. g. an increasingly alluring g. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible): marathon interspersed only with c. f. T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F 2. keep thousands of players a. Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F): A South Korean man died after spending two days in an internet café. rake in h. i.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. c. g. Paramedics could not resuscitate the man after he arrived at hospital. d. b. His company allowed him time off to pursue his dream.com 4 . died from cardiac arrest e. unfolding in front of them stemming from exhaustion and lucrative profession gaming seat for over two days glued to their screens the occasional toilet break resuscitate him substantial amounts of money gaming session Find this and similar lessons at http://www. marathon interspersed engrossed rooted resuscitate alluring rake in obsession immersed mesmerized engrossed attractive revived sprinkled fixation immersed epic spellbound earn fixed 3. The man died from dehydration. 2005 BEFORE READING / LISTENING 1. f. b. mesmerized by the events j. Gaming is becoming a recognized addiction. His marathon gaming session was interspersed with regular breaks. h. h. paramedics could not f.

keep thousands of players ________ to their screens for hours on end. He had just finished playing when he suddenly collapsed. Gamers become ________ in the games and are totally mesmerized by the events ________ in front of them. In particular. or massively multiplayer online role playing games. The dangers of being ________ to fantasy games are becoming more apparent and tragic. Paramedics could not ________ him and he died shortly after arriving at hospital. MMORPGs.com 5 . known only by his family name of Lee. became ________ in the popular battle simulation game Starcraft on August 3 and stayed ________ to his seat for over two days.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. unfolding addicted lucrative glued quest rake immersed attributed engrossed resuscitate online nap cardiac rooted marathon stemming Find this and similar lessons at http://www. Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online BNE: A 28-year-old South Korean man has died after playing an ________ computer game for almost 50 hours non-stop in an internet café in the city of Taegu. The man.BreakingNewsEnglish. an increasingly alluring and ________ profession in South Korea. Top players can ________ in substantial amounts of money each year in sponsorship deals alone. Lee had recently been fired from his job because of absences ________ to his obsession with gaming. His ________ gaming session was apparently interspersed with only the occasional toilet break or five-minute ________. 2005 WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the correct spaces. Reuters News Agency reports police sources saying the man died from ________ arrest “________ from exhaustion”. Lee was apparently on a ________ to become a professional gamer.

Make questions using the words you found. Ask your partner / group your questions. Talk about the words from the gap fill. 6. worth learning…? 4. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. try to recall exactly how these were used in the text: • • • • • • non-stop interspersed engrossed stemming collapsed resuscitate • • • • • • lucrative substantial attributed apparent mesmerized glued Find this and similar lessons at http://www.com 6 . STUDENT “GAMING” SURVEY: In pairs / groups. Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings. • • Share your questions with other classmates / groups. other meanings. Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings. 5. • • • Share your findings with your partners. • • • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers. In groups. write down questions about games and gaming. compare your answers to this exercise.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. Check your answers. Were they new. interesting. information. With your partner. synonyms … for the words ‘computer’ and ‘game’. 2005 AFTER READING / LISTENING 1. 3. Ask your partner / group your questions. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text. pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below.

Did you like this discussion? AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about. g. 2005 DISCUSSION STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) a. a.com 7 .BreakingNewsEnglish. Did you like reading this article? What do you think about what you read? What adjectives would you use to describe this story? What do video games mean to you? What are the dangers of video games? Do gamers learn important skills while playing games? What will video games be like in the future? Many people think video games are a new form of art. g. d. h. j. c. b. c. i. f. d. What do you think? i. When was the last time you were mesmerized by something? j. f.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. What question would you like to ask about this topic? What was the most interesting thing you heard? Was there a question you didn’t like? Was there something you totally disagreed with? What did you like talking about? Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions? Which was the most difficult question? Find this and similar lessons at http://www. b. d. f. c. e. e. e. g. b. h. What were your initial thoughts on this headline? Did the headline make you want to read the article? Can you understand the man’s actions? Have you ever been totally engrossed in something for many hours? What kind of power do you think video games can have over people? Are you addicted to gaming? Do you think gaming can be dangerous? Have you followed the Grand Theft Auto case in the news? Are video games creating abnormal people? Should video games carry a health warning similar to those on cigarettes? STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) a.

that games are dangerous. Role A – Distressed Parent You think the government must ban all video games. You recommend regulation. You are You believe parents are responsible for parents let children play games too long.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY VIDEO GAMES ARE GOOD FOR KIDS Change roles and repeat the role play. In pairs / groups. 2005 SPEAKING ROLE PLAY: This role play is to discuss whether or not video games should be regulated by the government. discuss whether you really believe in what you said while you were in your roles. Comment in groups about the differences between the two role plays. He skips school. You are worried about your 15-year-old child. You believe games create anti-social and violent children. Your research shows children forget their responsibilities and become easily addicted to games. He seems brainwashed and is becoming violent. Team up with classmates who have been assigned the same role as you. Find this and similar lessons at http://www. Bad You totally reject all arguments more dangerous.BreakingNewsEnglish. he doesn’t eat and he rarely communicates. monitoring their children. Introduce yourself to the other role players. THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY VIDEO GAMES ARE DANGEROUS Role D – CEO of Game Company You have played games for years. You think video games are harmless and entertaining. Games allow children to explore their imaginations in an active way. You think TV is a normal and successful person. who plays games for 24 hours non-stop. THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY VIDEO GAMES ARE BAD Role B – Game Designer You are a highly qualified computer graphics artist. Develop your roles and discuss ideas and “strategies” before the role play begins. THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY VIDEO GAMES ARE BENEFICIAL Role C – University Professor You have conducted a lot of research into gaming and behavior. They provide kids with excellent hand-eye coordination skills.com 8 .

BreakingNewsEnglish. Top players can ____ __ substantial amounts of money each year in sponsorship deals alone. or massively multiplayer online role playing games. Gamers become ____________ in the games and are totally ____________ by the events unfolding in front of them. Reuters News Agency reports police sources saying the man died from cardiac arrest “__________ _____ exhaustion”. He had just finished playing when he suddenly collapsed.com 9 . In particular. Lee was apparently on a quest to become a professional gamer. became ___________ in the popular battle simulation game Starcraft on August 3 and stayed _______ to his seat for over two days. Lee had recently been fired from his job because of absences ____________ to his obsession with gaming. His marathon gaming session was apparently ____________ with only the occasional toilet break or five-minute ____. known only by his family name of Lee. The dangers of being ____________ to fantasy games are becoming more apparent and tragic.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. 2005 LISTENING Listen and fill in the spaces. MMORPGs. keep thousands of players ______ __ their screens for hours on end. Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online BNE: A 28-year-old South Korean man has died after playing an _______ computer game for almost 50 hours _______ in an internet café in the city of Taegu. The man. an increasingly __________ and lucrative profession in South Korea. Find this and similar lessons at http://www. Paramedics could not ___________ him and he died shortly after arriving at hospital.

Share your findings with your class in the next lesson. 2005 HOMEWORK 1. DIARY / JOURNAL: Imagine you are in a role play situation in your favorite video (or non-video) game.com 10 . Read your letters to your classmates in your next lesson. Did you all have similar adventures? Find this and similar lessons at http://www.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. RECOMMENDATIONS: Write a letter to your government about video games. 3. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Did you all have similar ideas? 4. State your reasons why you think games should / should not be regulated. Write your diary / journal entry for one adventure in the role play. Highlight all of the dangers / benefits you see with video games. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information on the dangers of gaming. Read your entry to your classmates in the next lesson. 2.BreakingNewsEnglish. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

Lee was apparently on a quest to become a professional gamer. h. Gamers become immersed in the games and are totally mesmerized by the events unfolding in front of them. known only by his family name of Lee. c. The dangers of being addicted to fantasy games are becoming more apparent and tragic. Reuters News Agency reports police sources saying the man died from cardiac arrest “stemming from exhaustion”. e. F g. c. e. He had just finished playing when he suddenly collapsed. T f. Top players can rake in substantial amounts of money each year in sponsorship deals alone. marathon interspersed with only rooted to his died from cardiac arrest paramedics could not an increasingly alluring rake in his obsession with mesmerized by the events keep thousands of players gaming session the occasional toilet break seat for over two days stemming from exhaustion resuscitate him and lucrative profession substantial amounts of money gaming unfolding in front of them glued to their screens GAP FILL: Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online BNE: A 28-year-old South Korean man has died after playing an online computer game for almost 50 hours non-stop in an internet café in the city of Taegu. j. The man. f. F d. b. j. an increasingly alluring and lucrative profession in South Korea. MMORPGs.BreakingNewsEnglish. marathon interspersed engrossed rooted resuscitate alluring rake in obsession immersed mesmerized epic sprinkled immersed fixed revive attractive earn fixation engrossed spellbound PHRASE MATCH: a. g.com 11 . f. F c. Paramedics could not resuscitate him and he died shortly after arriving at hospital. g. i. In particular. i. T b. d.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August. or massively multiplayer online role playing games. 2005 ANSWERS TRUE / FALSE: a. Lee had recently been fired from his job because of absences attributed to his obsession with gaming. keep thousands of players glued to their screens for hours Find this and similar lessons at http://www. T e. T SYNONYM MATCH: a. h. His marathon gaming session was apparently interspersed with only the occasional toilet break or five-minute nap. T h. became engrossed in the popular battle simulation game Starcraft on August 3 and stayed rooted to his seat for over two days. b. d.

Find this and similar lessons at http://www. 2005 on end.Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online – 11 August.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 12 .