Review 4 grade 8 – Skills
Read the following passage and mark the sentences as true (T) or false (F). (Read the following passage and mark the sentences true (T) or false (F).)
Guide to answer
1. T 2. F 3. F 4. F 5. T 6. BILLION
Texting is a new way to exchange information and it is becoming more and more popular among young people. In fact, texting is clearly affecting language. There are no rules for texting. We are creating a new aspect of vocabulary and ushering in a kind of direct and informal communication. Texting is naturally fun and normal, but some people are concerned about the effect it could have on children’s reading and writing abilities. But not everyone is so worried. One expert said: “Every time there is a new medium of communication, language is affected… But this does not destroy the existing language, but adds it.” In messages, many words come from abbreviations created in emails, like CUS (See you soon), and so on. Some say: “Most of them have origins, but sometimes there is a conflict of meaning. For example, LOL can have two meanings: “Laughs” and “Lots of love”. That can lead to some misunderstandings.”
1. There are no rules for texting.
2. Texting always affects language in a bad way.
3. Everyone is worried about texting.
4. A child should not write these messages.
5. It is said that texting enriches language.
6. Sometimes, there is more than one way to interpret a message.
Choose one of the questions that interests you the most. (Choose one of the questions that impressed you the most.)
1. What form of communication is used most widely today?
(What type of communication is most widely used today?)
2. What form of communication do you think will be used the most in 2100?
(What type of communication do you think will be used the most in 2100?)
3. What is the most important invention of the past hundred years?
(Which invention was the most important hundreds of years ago?)
4. Who is the greatest person in the history of science?
(Who was the greatest man in the history of science?)
5. What would life be like on Mars in 100 years’ time?
(What will life be like on Mars in 100 years?)
Prepare to talk for about one minute. Take turns to talk in groups. (Prepare to speak for about a minute. Take turns speaking in groups.)
Guide to answer
What form of communication is used most widely today? (What type of communication is most widely used today?)
In my opinion, video call is used most widely today? This method of communication is very convenient because people can talk and see each other through long distance. Besides, it is easy to use for almost people, just one click. Video call through internet is also not expensive. People can talk to each other in hours but it cost little, which is liked better by people.
(In my opinion, what is the most widely used video call today? This method of communication is very convenient because people can talk and see each other from a long distance. Besides, it is very easy. use for most people, just one click. Video calling over internet is also not expensive. People can talk to each other for hours but it is less expensive, which is more preferred by people.)
Listen to the conversation and choose the correct answer to each question. (Listen to the conversation and choose the correct answer to the question.)
Click to listen
Guide to answer
1. C 2. B 3. A 4. A 5. C
1. How many times did Nick try to call his brother? – Five times.
2. Mike asked Nick what he wanted to say to Tom.
3. Where was Tom when Nick last called? – He’s gone out.
4. Nick wants to contact Tom because the phone line is down.
5. Nick has a communication break because of the lack of communication channels.
Nick: I had a disastrous morning.
Mike: Oh, what happended?
Nick: I couldn’t find my mobile phone so I went out to find a phone box. It took me half an hour to find a phone box that worked – the first three were all out of order. After that, I dialed Tom’s number and heard the phone ringing, but then there was a silence!
Mike: And then?
Nick: I dialed again and got a wrong number. The third time I had – crossed line – I could hear two people having a personal conversation. The fourth time, I managed to speak to Tom, and we exchanged a few words, then we were cut off and we lost the connection. I got very angry
Nick: When I tried again later, he wasn’t in the office.
Mike: But Nick, tell me, what did you want to tell your brother so urgently?
Nick: That my home telephone is out of order. Tom is the Head of the Telecom Department.
Nick: I had a bad morning.
Mike: Oh, what happened?
Nick: I couldn’t find my cell phone so I went out to find a phone latch. It took me half an hour to get my phone locked – the first three were broken. Then I dialed Tom’s number and heard the phone ring, but then silence!
Mike: And after that?
Nick: I dialed back and got a wrong number. The third time I called – the line was busy – I heard two people having a private conversation. The fourth time, I tried to talk to Tom, and we exchanged a few words back and forth, when we cut off communication and disconnected. I am very angry.
Mike: And …?
Nick: When I tried again, he wasn’t in the office.
Mike: But Nick, tell me, what did you want to say to him so urgently?
Nick: My home phone is not working. Tom is the Head of Telecommunications.
Write an online message to a friend and tell him/ her about the problems you have had recently with your iPad. (Write an online message to a friend and tell him/her about the problems you have with your iPad.)
Guide to answer
How are you? Recently the network is not available, so I got confused of my iPad. All the things started at the time the network goes wrong. I was surfing the Internet and then the network connection goes uncontrollable. I was really angry with it because I was reading to the best part of a new!
How are you? Recently the network is not available so I am a bit confused with the iPad. Everything starts at the moment the network crashes. I am surfing the Internet and then the network connection is not interrupted. I’m really pissed at this because I’ve reached the best part of a new book!
5. Practice Task 1
Choose the letter A, B, C or D to complete the sentences with given words
Question 1: Lucia/ said/ they/ be not/ going to/ the/ cinema/ that night
A. Lucia said that they aren’t going to the cinema that night.
B. Lucia said that they weren’t going to the cinema that night.
C. Lucia said that they weren’t going to the cinema that night.
D. Lucia said that they hadn’t been going to the cinema that night.
Question 2: Science/ play/ important/ role/ our/ daily life.
A. Science plays an important role on our daily life.
B. Science plays an important role in our daily life.
C. Science plays the important role on our daily life.
D. Science plays the important role in our daily life.
Question 3: Viet/ said/ he/ would/ be doing/ experiment/ 10 o’clock/ following day.
A. Viet said that he would be doing an experiment at 10 o’clock following day.
B. Viet said he would be doing an experiment at 10 o’clock following day.
C. Viet said he would be doing an experiment at 10 o’clock the following day.
D. Viet said that he would be doing an experiment at 10 o’clock the following day
Question 4: I/ can’t/ imagine/ life/ without/ science/ technology.
A. I can’t imagine our life without science but technology.
B. I can’t imagine our life without science and technology.
C. I can’t imagine our life without science so technology.
D. I can’t imagine our life without science nor technology.
Question 5: Parents/ not/ allow/ children/ play/ computer games/ long period of time.
A. Parents don’t allow children play computer games for a long period of time.
B. Parents don’t allow children playing computer games for a long period of time.
C. Parents don’t allow children to play computer games for a long period of time.
D. Parents don’t allow children played computer games for a long period of time
6. Practice Task 2
Choose the letter A, B, C or D to complete the passage below
Hi. We are from Neptune, the eighth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. Our planet is named (6) ___________ the Roman god of the sea. The climate here is very unfriendly, with a temperature of around -300 degrees Celsius, and the winds are very strong. Actually, we have a lot of storms here. Everything is freezing on the (7) ___________ of Neptune, so of course we don’t have liquid water. To be able to survive here, we have to build all of our cities underground, a hundred kilometers beneath the surface. Luckily, we don’t have Neptune-quakes!
Our life here is very different from your life on earth. Because it’s extremely (8) ___________ underground, we have a very good lighting system on round the clock. Every day, we need only three hours for sleep, four hours for work, and the rest of the day we (9) ___________ on our leisure activities. So life is relaxing. Most of us like traveling to other planets for new experiences. Although we are (10) _____ than you in size, we can move very fast. In fact, we have wings, so we can fly. Thus, we don’t suffer heavy traffic like on your earth. We don’t have oxygen either, but we live on hydrogen.
Question 6: A. for B. in C. after D. to
Question 7: A. system B. surface C. trace D. trek
Question 8: A. dark B. bright C. good D. happy
Question 9: A. explore B. spend C. have D. step
Question 10: A. most big B. biggest C. bigger D. the bigger
At the end of the lesson, students should practice the following skills:
- Practice reading about texting and answering questions
- Practice choosing and talking about your favorite questions on different topics
- Practice listening to the dialogue and do related exercises
- Practice writing an online message about a problem you are having with your iPad