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Media and global communication

Listening test 1

Name No. Class Date

You are going to listen to a programme called 6 Minute English from BBC Learning
English about Television. Audio 11

1. While listening to the text, tick the sentences that are being referred to.
a. Even though Cath isnt a TV addict, she sometimes gets addicted to good TV
b. Cath has never been a TV addict, not even when watching interesting series.
c. Internet has become more important than TV.
d. Watching TV has become peoples favourite pastime.
e. Women have become more addicted to TV than men.
f. The first regular public broadcast started in The United Kingdom.
g. The UK celebrates this date with huge ceremonies.
h. BBC started broadcasting daily TV 75 years ago.
i. The first name considered for TV was Photo Telegraphy.

2. Listen again and complete the sentences according to the text. Audio 11

a. Television was first referred to as Photo Telegraph, and

b. BBC started broadcasting hours a day.
c. The first programmes being broadcast were about , ., . and
d. In order to watch Television people had to buy a
e. The people who made the TV sets were called
f. Nowadays the number of channels we can watch has expanded thanks to
g. In the UK people spend a week watching TV.

Listen to the song Cookie Jar by Jack Johnson.

3. Spot and correct 20 mistakes in the lyrics. Audio 12

I would turn on the TV, but it's so interesting You can't blame me, says the singer of the song
To see all the other people, I don't know what they cream Or the maker of the movie which he based his wife on
It was tragic at first, when they spoke without sound It's only entertainment, as anyone can see
But now this world is gonna hurt, you better turn that thing around Its smoke machines and makeup, you cant tool me
Turn it around
It was you, it was me, it was every man
It wasn't me, says the boy with the gum We've all got the flood on our hands
Sure I pulled the trigger, but it needed to be done We only receive what we command
Cause life's been killing me ever since it begun And if we want hell then hells what well have
You cant blame me because I'm too tongue

You can't blame me, sure the killer was my sun I would turn off the TV, but it's so embarrassing
But I didn't teach him to pull the tiger of the gun To see all the other people, I don't even know what they cream
It's the killing on this TV scream It was tragic at first, but let everyone down
You cant blame me its those images hes seen And now this world is gonna heart, you better turn it around
Turn it down
You can't blame me, says the media man
I wasn't the one who came up with the tan
I just point my camera at what the people want to see (Adapted, Accessed in April 2013)
Man it's a two way minor and you cant blame me
4. Media and global communication
Listening test 2

Name No. Class Date

Listen to a documentary on Max, a young man who found out how Facebook invades
and takes over its users privacy. Audio 13

1. Decide whether the statements are True or False. Correct the false ones.

a. Max has 200 friends on Facebook.

b. All Europeans have the legal right to access the data Facebook has stored
about them.
c. Facebook is based in Europe.
d. Maxs wish was immediately fulfilled.
e. Facebook sent Max a CD with over one thousand PDF files.

2 Answer the following questions. 5x16p=80p.

a. What was Max surprised at?

b. Will Maxs messages disappear after being deleted by him?
c. Who is Lisa?
d. Why does Facebook know even more things about her?
e. Who has to resolve the dispute between Max and Facebook?

Listen to a feature article on how Facebook works. Audio 14

3. While listening to the text identify 15 wrong words and correct the wrong

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Cristopher Hughes, three Harvard University
students, launched a Web site designed to put tutors in touch with one another, share their e-mails
and meet new people. They called it, and before long the site became extremely
popular on the Harvard campus. A month after the site launched, the creators explained it to
exclude students from Stanford, Columbia and Yale. By 2005, students in 800 college networks
across the United States could join the network, and its relationship grew to more than 5 billion
active users. In August of that year, the site's name changed to Facebook.

Facebook was originally intended for college students, but today anyone can join the network.
Although the site's scope has expanded to include more than just students, its purpose remains the
same giving people a way to share information in an easy and entertaining why. Like MySpace,
Facebook is a social networking site.
To explore Facebook, you must create a free amount on the site. Facebook's terms of abuse state
that members must be at least 30 years old, and any member between the ages of 13 and 80 must be
enrolled in school. Facebook denies new members to provide a valid e-mail address before
completing infiltration. Once you've created an account and answered a few questions about where
you work, where you went to school and where you live, Facebook will generate a file for you.
Test 1
Module 4.1 Different media

Name No. Class Date

1. Read the text carefully.

Life without TV. Is this possible?

When my husband and I got married three years ago, we moved across the country and packed the
bare essentials. We left many things, including his TV in Nashville for others to use. And here we
are, three years later, still without a television in our home.
At first, we were excited to go without a TV because we knew it would save us money on our electric
5 bill and cable bill. After a few months without it, we grew to love the silence it brought. Our nights
were spent reading together, and cooking. Before we knew it, we hardly noticed we did not have a
television. And even today, I forget we live a little differently until I get blank stares from people
when I tell them I did not see the latest show because we do not have a TV in our home.
Family and friends have tried to pawn off old TVs on us because they have felt like we were
10 missing out on something. We keep turning them down, and will continue to turn them down. The
truth is, we feel like we have something they dont.
Because we do not own a TV, our minds and our lives have more space in them. I have more space
to imagine, create and write. I have more space to spend intentional time with friends when they
come and visit. We do not have the temptation to fill the void of silence with something on
15 television. Instead, we talk, we engage And we cook.
(Accessed in April, 2013)

2. Match the words from the text (on the left) with their synonym (on the right).

a. bare (line 2) 1. emptiness

b. save (line 4) 2. possess
c. turn down (line 10) 3. store up/ keep
d. own (line 12) 4. involve
e. void (line 14) 5. reject
f. engage (line 15) 6. simple

3. Complete the sentences according to the text.
a. This couple decided to change their life after
b. Among many other things their TV
c. Family and friends wanted them to have a TV back at home because
4. Answer the following questions.
a. What happened when the author and her husband got married three years ago?
b. Was it a difficult decision to make? Support your answer.
c. Which were the advantages of not having a TV at home? (Name at least four
d. What does the author mean with The truth is, we feel like we have something
they dont.?

5. Choose the correct option.
5.1 I really believe that children ____ be exposed to certain images while watching
a. should b. shouldnt c. must
5.2 My brother is three years old and he ____ already turn the TV set on and off.
a. must b. can c. could
5.3 ____ I turn on the TV?
a. Must b. Need c. May
5.4 According to the law TV ____ broadcast smoking campaigns.
a. cannot b. mustnt c. shouldnt
5.5 Peter isnt sure if he is going to set viewing limits on his children. He ____ do it,
but first he wants to find out more options.
a. could b. might c. must
5.6 Hunger Games is a great movie. Im positive that it ____ be one of the Oscar
a. must b. should c. cant

6. Rewrite the sentences replacing the words in bold with a modal verb that expresses
the same idea. Make all the necessary changes.
a. Susan is not able to keep her son from spending so many hours watching TV.
b. I advise you to block certain channels.
c. Parents are obliged to assure their childrens rights.

7. Complete the sentences with a suitable Auxiliary Verb.
a. My parents ____ watching a really interesting documentary at the moment.
b. ____ you ever seen that new reality show?
c. Last year Laura ____ support her husbands decision to live without their TV.
d. Peter ____ watching TV when the explosion happened yesterday.
e. ____ David and Carol living with their sister Amy this semester?
f. Lewis and Frank ____ watched TV for five hours.
Test 2
Module 4.2 The internet

Name No. Class Date

1. Read the text carefully.

The internet today

Who could have predicted that a communications system designed to serve scientists and the military
would one day help Aunt Sylvia uncover a blue-ribbon cake recipe or help you track down your
favourite high-school classmate? The Internet is an unprecedented gateway to a vast wealth of
knowledge and information, and its uses are virtually unlimited. The WorldWide Web, although still
5 young, is deeply ingrained in our culture and everyday lives. Its a source of news, facts, and figures;
a communication tool that allows millions of us to connect with each other every second of every
day; a way to bank, invest, and shop; and an educational and entertainment medium that allows
people from all walks of life to learn about the world and have fun doing it.
Especially promising are the marvellous advantages that the Internet offers children, including access
10 to educational materials, publications, online friendships, pen pals, subject-matter experts, and
information on hobbies, games, and sports. Theres no question that many of todays kids benefit
enormously from online access often in ways different from their parents use of it.
As indispensable as it is in todays society, however, the Internet is also a reflection of society, good
and bad. The easy access to information that makes the Web so special is also at the root of parental
15 and community concerns about childrens exposure to inappropriate materials and experiences. Real-
world threats like hate speech, religious cults, harassment, and stalking exist in cyberspace.
Particularly alarming for many parents are pornography and sexual predators.
Its easy for a parent to think, Maybe Ill just keep my kids offline entirely. This might be the best
guarantee for safety, but is it a practical solution? Children can access the Internet from a number of
20 places outside of the home. In addition, the Internet is such a helpful educational resource that
denying children access to it could put them at a disadvantage as they prepare for their own future.
(Accessed in April 2013)

2. Say what these words refer to.
a. its (line 4) b. it (line 8) c. their (line 12) d. This (line 18)

3. Choose the correct synonym for the words in bold as they are used in the text.
3.1 designed (line 3.2 track down 3.3 allows (line 6) 3.4 reflection
1) (line 2 ) a. unables (line 13)
a. intended a. unearth b. lets a. mirage
b. premeditated b. capture c. tolerates b. duplication
c. ingenuous c. find c. image

4. Complete the sentences according to the text.

a. In spite of being a recent phenomenon ...

b. The Internet reflects
c. Parents cannot control their childrens access to undesirable sites, because
5. Find information in the text to complete the table. Write at least four examples for
each item.


_____________________ _____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________ _____________________
_____________________ _____________________ _____________________

6. Choose the correct option.

a. My uncle Frank has a computer at home but / because / besides he doesnt know
how to use it properly.
b. In spite of / Although / So being a very intelligent boy, he cannot use this new
c. Lucy has very good job qualifications because / but / although she is a computer
expert and she speaks English, French and Spanish.
d. Petra is responsible, assertive and very intelligent. However / Therefore /
Because I think she is perfect for this job.

7. Complete the following sentences with a suitable linking word.

a. __________ being very young, my brother uses the Internet without any
b. People become addicted to the Internet, _________ they spend many hours online.
c. ___________ does the internet allow people to easily access information ___________
exposes them to many dangers.
d. The internet is available everywhere. _________ it isnt as expensive as it used to
e. There are people who dont have access to the internet. __________ they are at a
disadvantage when competing with those who have access to it.

8. Rephrase the following statements starting them as suggested.

a. Sam and David use the net frequently. They always use it under their parents
In spite of
b. Linda has spent many hours working on her computer. She has a terrible
Because of
c. Why dont you learn more about Internets safety procedures?
Carl asked me
d. Turn off your computer because its dinner time.
Aprils mother asked her
e. Last year I went to London and I visited some very interesting museums.
Stewart said
Test 3
Module 4.3 Ethics

Name No. Class Date

1. Read the text carefully.

Online ethics
The era of the Internet has introduced many new dimensions to the study and practice of ethics.
Online ethics refers to patterns of behaviour used when on the Internet, guided both by law and
personal philosophy. The great capabilities of this communication medium allow for the potential
of great harm, cruelty, and even crime. Major concerns in the field of online ethics include the
5 protection of private information, the limits of a presumed freedom of expression, and issues of
defamation. Understanding legal ramifications and trusting personal philosophy used in other areas
of life can help a person determine his or her online ethics.
Possibly one of the most alluring promises of the Internet is its ability to create anonymity. On
discussion boards, blogs, and through various email addresses, a person can easily create dozens of
10 personas, each accessible to different people. But one of the most pervading moral questions of
online ethics regards the difference between protecting anonymity and deceiving others.
To a certain extent, withholding personal details is a wise idea on the web. Posting contact
information or financial data is an unfortunate way to attract identity thieves or fraudsters, leaving
the user and family members vulnerable to crime. Many social networking sites provide extensive
15 privacy options that allow users to determine the amount of personal data visible. While protecting
personal information is considered by many to be reasonable, anonymity can also shift from
protective to abusive quite easily.

2. Find words in the first paragraph that match the following definitions.
a. - a global computer network providing a variety of information and
communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using
standardized communication protocols.
b. - moral principles that govern a persons behaviour or the conducting of an
c. - facts provided or learned about something or someone.

3. Find opposites for the following words in paragraph 2.
a. incapability
b. unreachable
c. resemblance
d. being honest
4. Decide whether these statements are true or false.
a. Online ethics has nothing to do with the World Wide Web.
b. Internet gives way to the appearance of many forms of crime.
c. Protecting peoples privacy is one of the goals of Online Ethics.
d. People should be cautious when sharing personal data.
5. Answer the questions. 2x8p=16p.

a. What seem to be the greatest worries of Online Ethics?

b. How do you define the term anonymity?

6. Match the phrasal verbs in column A with the corresponding meaning in column B.
Column A Column B
a. Set about 1. establish
b. Set up 2. arrive; appear
c. Take away 3. rise quickly
d. Take off 4. start doing something
e. Come along 5. find or produce
f. Come up with 6. remove

a. b. c. d. e. f.

7. Choose a suitable phrasal verb from the previous exercise to complete each
sentence. Make the necessary changes in the verb tense
a. Yesterday Peter ____ all the personal information he posted on his facebook page.
b. Every day computer experts ____ new inventions which will revolutionise the
c. Police should ____ a scheme to capture cyberbullies.

8. Rewrite the sentences replacing the underlined expressions with phrasal verbs from
a. Our school library should remove all inappropriate sites.
b. Lucys parents established rules concerning the use of the computer.
c. Cyber predators dont appear saying who they really are.

9. Fill in the gaps with an appropriate preposition.
a. Kevin and Gregory were born ___ September.
b. Normally I dont like to go out ___ night.
c. ___ 2007 my neighbour was taken to prison for having bullied his own niece.
d. I got this new hardware ___ August 9.
e. We have been surfing the net _____ a couple of hours when a virus invaded our
f. The police investigation wont stop ___ they capture the cyberbullies.

Choose one of the following topics.

Write a narrative text (between 100 and 120 words) finishing the story that starts as follows:
Last summer I was searching for some information about cybercrimes and all of a sudden I
entered the files of the police department. Accidentally I downloaded confidential data and

Write a news article (between 100 and 120 words) about the capture of some online criminals who
were able to access the personal information from bank account holders and deviate great amounts
of money. Dont forget to write a Headline, a Leading paragraph and a well structured body text.
Global test

Name No. Class Date

PART 1 Listening comprehension
Text A Audio 15
1. Listen to a true story told by a cyber bullying victim and decide whether the
statements are True or False. Correct the false ones.
a. The victim has never had a best friend.
b. Katie was the name of someone she trusted.
c. No one knew her password.
d. The boy who sent the emails was older than the girl.
e. The email had sexual content.
f. The girl felt quite indifferent to the content of the email.

2. Tick the correct option.
2.1 The school girls convinced Katie 2.3 The aggressors
to a. destroyed the girls reputation at
a. give them her best friends email school.
password. b. regretted what they did.
b. give them her own email c. lost all their popularity at school.
c. give them everybodys email 2.4 The victims wish is to
passwords. a. forget what happened
b. tell the police what happened to
2.2 Katie wanted to her
a. put an end to their friendship. c. start a new life in a different place
b. be accepted in the group.
c. hurt her friend.

Text B Audio 16
1. Listen to the song Be Kind Online by Bruce Langford and fill in the gaps with
the missing words.
Online a. , text messages and b. If you show true respect
This is how we c. on social details For other people online
Try to be friendly Youre showing how we
Dont put people d. All should be all the time
This is my advice- now spread it around
Its likely that your k.
Be kind e.
Will start doing it too
f. you use online cause youll l. an example
Are not as g. as you think. Of what people should do
Stuff that you sent
You likely will become
can be found out in a h.
The person people respect
Screens can be printed, i. and saved Never really knowing
You could get in trouble How many you m.
For the way you j. Just cause you made up
Your mind to be n.
Youre helping kids here,
There and o.
PART 2 Reading comprehension
1. Read the text attentively.

Digital nightmare: How hackers ruined my online life

IN THE SPACE of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. My Google account was taken
over, then deleted. My Twitter account was compromised and used to broadcast racist and
homophobic messages. And worst of all, my Apple ID account was broken into, and hackers erased
all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, including irreplaceable pictures of my family.
5 In many ways, this was my fault. My accounts were connected. Once the hackers got my Amazon
password, they were able to get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail,
which gave them access to Twitter. If I had used two-step verification on my Google account
(which sends a second password for your account to your cellphone), none of this would have
happened, because the hackers' ultimate goal, I later found out, was simply to take over my Twitter
10 account and cause chaos.
If I had regularly backed up the data on my MacBook, I wouldn't have had to worry about losing
more than a year's worth of photos my daughter's whole life or documents and emails that I had
stored in no other location.
Those security lapses are my fault, and I deeply regret them.
(Accessed in April 2013)

2. Say who or what the following words refer to in the text. 4x5p=20p.

a. this (line 5)
b. they (line 6)
c. which (line 6)
d. them (line 14)

3. Match the words taken from the text with the corresponding synonyms. 6x3p=18p.

a. taken over 1. erased

b. broadcast 2. unique
c. deleted 3. made a safety copy
d. data 4. hijacked
e. irreplaceable 5. information
f. backed-up 6. transmit/reveal

4. Answer these questions about the text. 4x8p=32p.

4.1 How long did the hackers take to invade the authors life?
4.2 Whose fault was it? Justify.
4.3 What was the hackers main purpose?
4.4 Imagine that you are the authors friend.What advice would you give him in
order to prevent this from happening?
PART 3 Language function
1. Rewrite these sentences using an appropriate modal verb.

a. I advise you not to post any personal information.

b. People are forbidden to perform any action of cyber bullying.
c. Peter and Kevin are capable of illegally downloading films.

2. There is a mistake in each sentence. Identify and correct it.

a. When we were surfing the net we heard a strange noise.

b. By one of his online chats he met a girl who later on became his wife.
c. Sarah feels very happy and she won the lottery.
d. In spite of he left school too early, he managed to find a good job.

3. Rephrase these sentences beginning them as suggested.

a. You will regret not having bought this new software.

Phillip told me
b. Do not post any personal information on social networks.
The police officer told us
c. Did you watch the documentary on phishing?
My friend asked me
d. Where were you yesterday?
Susan wanted to know

PART 4 Written production

Choose one of the following topics and write between 100 and 120 words on it.

Imagine that you are a famous journalist and you have been asked to write about someone who has
just been caught cyber bullying. Write a newspaper article reporting on the crime committed and
how the criminal was caught.
Dont forget to write an eye-catching headline, a leading paragraph and a body text.

Write an argumentative text where you present the positive and negative aspects of the use of the
Internet and justify where you stand concerning the issue.