Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас для спеціалізованих шкіл з поглибленим вивченням англійської мови - Л.В. Калініна - Генеза 2017 рік
Unit 6 Your media literacy
6.6. Text Files
You are going to read the story “The Fun They Had” after by Isaac Azimov, in which the author describes the future of educational media. Do some pre-reading activities which will help you to understand the story better.
а) Before you read
• Content anticipation
In groups, answer the following questions:
- Does technology have a positive impact on teaching and learning?
- Is television an effective teaching tool?
- How can Internet content be best used by students and teachers?
• Language Anticipation
In pairs, think and decide which of the words and word-combinations in the box below can be used to describe the future of educational media.
• Cultural Anticipation
• In small groups, discuss schooling traditions that are popular in Ukrainian education and say which of them you like / dislike. Give your reasons.
Look at the pictures and try to predict what the story may be about.
b) While you read
1. Read I. Azimov’s story “The Fun They Had” and say:
1) what Margie disliked about her schooling;
2) what surprised her about the printed book;
3) what she thought about a school of old days.
2. Read the story again and tell Margie’s story on the basis of this picture. Say if you feel the same or different.
1. Yesterday Tommy found ___________________ .
2. It was about ______________________________ .
3. It was awfully funny to _____________________ .
4. I was scornful about ________________________.
5. I hate my_______________ because_________________ .
6. My mechanical teacher____________________________ .
7. ____ is not exciting or challenging.
8. It was interesting to learn that______________________ .
9. ___________________with a sigh.
10. In the old days .
11. What fun______________________________________ !
12. Hopefully, they .
13. ____________I believe___________________________ .
The Fun They Had
...It was May 17, 2157, when Tommy found a real book. It was a very old book. Margie’s grandfather said that when he was a little boy, his grandfather told him that there was a time when the stories were printed on paper. It was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving on a screen.
“Gee”, said Tommy, “What a waste! When you finish the book, you just throw it away, I guess. Our television screen must have had a million books on it and it’s good for plenty more. I wouldn’t throw it away”.
“Same with mine”, said Margie. She was eleven and hadn’t seen as many telebooks as Tommy had. He was thirteen.
She asked “What is the book about?”
Margie was scornful. “School?” “What’s there to write about school? I hate school.” Margie always hated school, but now she hated it more than ever. The mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography. She had been doing worse and worse until her mother called for the County Inspector who took the teacher with him. Margie had hoped that he wouldn’t know how to put the teacher together again. They had once taken Tommy’s teacher for nearly a month because the history sector was out of order. But the inspector knew all right, and, after an hour or so, there it was again, large and black and ugly, with a big screen on which all the lessons were shown and the questions were asked. That wasn’t so bad. The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. She always had to write them in a punch code they made her learn when she was six years old and the mechanical teacher calculated the mark in no time.
So she said to Tommy: “Why would anyone write about school?”
“Because it’s not our kind of school, stupid. This is the old kind of school that they had hundreds and hundreds years ago”. Centuries ago he added.
Margie was hurt. “Well, I don’t know what kind of school they had all that time ago”. She read the book over his shoulder for a while, then said, “Anyway, they had a teacher”.
“Sure, they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a mechanical teacher. It was a man.”
“A man? How could a man be a teacher?”
“Well, he just told boys and girls things and gave them homework and asked them questions”.
“A man isn’t smart enough”.
“Sure he is. My father knows as much as my teacher”.
“He can’t. A man can’t know as much as a teacher. I wouldn’t want a strange man in my house to teach me”.
Tommy screamed with laughter. “You don’t know much, Margie. The teachers didn’t live in the house. They had a special building and all the kids went there”.
“And all kids learned the same things?”
“But my mother says a teacher has to be adjusted to fit the mind of each boy and girl it teaches and each kid has to be taught differently”. Margie wanted to read about those funny schools, when her mother called, “Margie! School!”
Margie went into the classroom. It was right next to her bedroom and the mechanical teacher was on waiting for her. It was always on at the same time every day, except Saturday and Sunday, because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.
The screen lit up, and it said:
“Today is the arithmetic lesson, please insert yesterday’s homework in the slot”.
Margie did so with a sigh. She was thinking about the old schools. All the kids from the whole neighbourhood came laughing and shouting in the schoolyard sitting together in the classroom, going to a movie together at the end of the day. They learned the same things, so they could help one another on the homework and talk about it. And the teachers were people... Margie was thinking how the kids must have loved it in the old days. She was thinking about the fun they had.
(Adapted from” The Fun They Had” by I. Asimov)
с) After you read
• Find more information about educational media choices and present your findings to the class. Say which of them appeal to you most/least.
• Media consumers of all ages need to be taught to balance their media in the same way that they need to learn about a balanced food diet.
• In pairs, compare your ways of managing your “media diet” and use TV and computers to increase, rather than decrease, communication.
• In groups, argue for and against the following statement:
Books will disappear with the coming of new media.