Read and answer these following questions.
Television viewing is a major activity and influence on children. Children in the United States watch an average of three to four hours of television a day.
While television can entertain, inform, and keep our children company, it may also influence them in undesirable ways. Time spent watching television takes away from important activities such as reading, school work, playing, exercise, family interaction, and social development. Children who watch a lot of television are likely to have lower grades in school, read fewer books, exercise less, and be overweight.
Parents can help by doing the following:
♦ Don’t allow children to watch long blocks of TV.
♦ Help them choose suitable programmes. Children’s shows on public TV are appropriate, but soap operas, adult sitcoms and adult talk shows are not.
♦ Set certain periods when the television will be off. Study times are for learning, not for sitting in front of the TV doing homework.
Make TV viewing an active process for children and parents!
Read and decide if the statements are true (T) or false (F).
The home of the future
When you’re out of the house, is the fridge on the phone to the supermarket? Is the heating system having a word with the bath? And when you get back home, does the doorknob recognize you and say hello? Probably not, but in the house of the future all this - and more - is possible.
Researchers say that technology will transform your home in ways you can only dream about. Nanotechnology will play an important role. It will clean your windows. Intelligent spoons will check how hot or cold your soup is and the walls will sense if anyone is in your garden.
The next generation of fridges will use the Internet to make sure your food stays fresh and they’ll get in touch with the supermarket to order some more and you’ll never run out of milk again.
When you are on the way home and feel like a warm bath, all you have to do is sending a text message to the heating system. The heating system warms the water and even runs the bath so that as soon as you walk through the front door, you can jump in and relax.
Welcome to the smart home of the future!
Read and choose the correct answer.
A robot is a machine. But it is not just any machine. It is a special kind of machine. It is a machine that moves. It follows instructions. The instructions come from a computer. Because it is a machine, it does not make mistakes. And it does not get tired. And it never complains. Unless you tell it to!
Robots are all around us. Some robots are used to make things. For example, robots can help make cars. Some robots are used to explore dangerous places. For example, robots can help explore volcanoes. Some robots are used to clean things. These robots can help vacuum your house. Some robots can even recognize words. They can be used to help answer telephone calls. Some robots look like humans. But most robots do not. Most robots just look like machines.
Long ago, people imagined robots. But nobody was able to make a real robot. The gist real robot was made in 1961. It was called Unimate. It was used to help make cars. It looked like a giant arm.
In the future, we will have even more robots. They will do things that we can’t do. Or they will do things that we don’t want to do. Or they will do things that are too dangerous for us. They will help make life better.
Read the passage and decide if the following statements are True (T) or False (F).
Earth Day is a birthday! Just like a birthday is a special day to celebrate a person. Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth. It is a day to remember to take care of our planet.
Earth Day was born on April 22,1970, in San Francisco, California. It is now the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Every year, many countries around the world join together in the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. On Earth Day, people celebrate by doing things that help to protect the environment. Some things people do to help the Earth are: turn off the lights to conserve energy, plant trees, recycle, and pick up garbage in their communities.
Read the dialogue, then choose the correct answers.
Marie: We might go to the football match next Saturday, Cristina.
Cristina: Football? You must be joking. I can’t stand it.
Mark: No? Why not?
Cristina: Twenty two men of two teams run after a ball, trying to kick it into a net... and thousands of people shouting and screaming like madmen every time it’s a goal or not. Is this a game?
Mark: I see... you prefer things like hopscotch, hide-and-seek, blind man’s bluff...
Cristina: Don’t tease me, Mark. I’m not a child anymore and there are much better sports than football.
Cristina: Yes, take volleyball, for example. It’s so exciting, the two teams try to keep the ball in motion without letting it touch the ground. No foul play, no violence.
Mark: Yes, maybe you’re right. I like volleyball too. For me all ball games are great!
Cristina: Not only ball games, Mark. Don’t you like badminton, cards, chess, even darts...and things like that?
Mark: Er...of course I do.