New Millennium English 10 Lessons 1-2 Unit 8 What the future hold? COMPUTERS
Read the words and definitions. Three of them are mixed. Find and match them properly access (something) have the ability or right to enter or use doubt a feeling of being unsure current take the place of something or somebody on-line belonging to the present time predict (something) see or describe the future provide (somebody with something to supply remain continue to be unchanged replace (something) connected with the computer network
Fill in the gaps with the words to make the lines rhyme. access doubt current on-line predict complete remain replace provide There isn't any .......... That the book will soon die out Some of them will still ………. That's the reason for my pain New computers will ………. Those working "at a snail's pace" Everybody will ………. All the info we possess I ………. that news ………. Will be ………. all the time Please ……….. this silly rhyme With the words you've learnt this time!
Printed books or computers? Tick the arguments each speaker used. Computers allow us to access the latest information really quickly. It’s much easier to edit and print documents using a PC. Interaction with the world is a great advantage of a computer. Books are enjoyable things. One of the good things about a book is that you can take it to bed.
A printed page is better for human eyes than a computer screen. Printed books are cheaper and easier to use. Printed books don’t need electricity. Books have always been a part of human culture, so they will be used as well as computers. Large amount of information become available through computers. Computers are better at strong information.
Compare the sentences below. Which verb form expresses the strongest degree of certainty ? 1.Computers replace books in the future. (There is much evidence of that). 2. Computers replace books in the future. (I’m quite sure) 3. Computers replace books in the future. (It is quite possible) 4. Computers replace books in the future. (It is possible) 5. Computers replace books in the future. (It is possible) On the scale try to place the verbs according to the degree of certainty they express. could may might will are going to
There are some grammar errors. Suggest a correction if it’s necessary. I'm sure the paper book be around for a long time. They look and feel great and they always remain the same. Paperback books are lightweight (lighter than most laptop computers) and relatively low-cost. Computers become cheaper, too, but they definitely be more expensive than books, books are easy to use and it's clear that people always prefer paperback books. The book was Invented 500 years ago by Aldo Manuzio in Venice, Italy. So much time has passed that there is no doubt that books change a lot. Cheap, handy, pocket-size electronic books soon appear and replace all paperback books. Though people keep some books they be found only in museums. And one more thing. People waste a lot of timber to produce e-books and this save the forests.
Read the text (SB p.23) again. Read the summary . It contains four factual mistakes. Find and correct them. The author raises the problem of the future of books. with Marshall McLuhan's opinion that computers will conquer the world. She says that printed . Irma has some sentimental memories about how "Don Quixote de la Mancha". But the electronic era has changed her relationship with books and now she thinks that 1- The author doesn’t agree, that people in future will prefer computers to books. 2 – Irma’s view is that printed books will not disappear. 3 - Irma didn’t read “Don Quixote de la Mancha”, her grandfather read it to her. 4 – Irma doesn’t think that books on-line are replacing printed books.
What will happen to books and computers in 10 years’ time?