План-конспект уроку на тему: "Computers: pros and cons"

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  • To improve students’ computer skills;
  • To expand students’ vocabulary;
  • To encourage group and pair work;
  • To stimulate students’ creative thinking and imagination;
  • To teach students writing an e-mail.

Equipment: computers, pictures for the play, handouts, stars, students’ projects.


I.      Introduction

T: today our topic is ‘Computer: pros and cons’. As far as I know, you have been discussing the problems of computer science in Information Technology lessons.

Be ready to discuss advantages and disadvantages of computer technologies. But first answer the following questions.

Can you have PC at home?

Can you use it?

Can you use the Internet?

What do you use the Internet for?

Do you enjoy working on computer? Why?


Sample answer

Computers can do a lot of work for us. They help us at school. They store useful information. Besides, they can teach us English as well as other subjects. On the other hand, computer users face up many problems. Computer viruses are a headache for many users.

You shouldn’t spend too much time at your PC. It’s bad for your eyesight.

T: And now switch on your computers.


II.  Warm-up

(Pupils are given stars with adjectives denoting their state of mood.)


T: Now you work in pairs. Student A feels pessimistic and Student B feels optimistic. Make optimistic and pessimistic predictions about the future of the Net in thirty years.


Possible answers:

S1: I’m optimistic about the future of the Net. Users can buy books, find out about holiday offers, book tickets and get all sorts of information in the Net.

S2: You will be able to work from home, or ‘telecommute’, in other words you’ll have an access to video-conferencing.

S3: Schoolchildren will benefit enormously since they will be able to communicate with other classes, teachers and experts thousand miles away. Everyone will be able to use on-line libraries.

S4: To my mind, the Net will not only help in providing remote electronic banking, teaching, shopping, tax-paying, game playing, video-conferencing or film ordering but we’ll also receive medical help from it. No doubt, it’ll be fantastic.

S5: If we didn’t have computer addicts, we wouldn’t have modern technologies. They are inventors of tomorrow.

S6: I’m confused. Yes, but what did we use before there was a computer? The computer hasn’t been with us all that long, but we already forget what the world was like without it.

S7: Many parents worry that computer addiction will make their children unfriendly and unable to communicate with people.

S8: Whole generations are growing up addicted to the Net. Food is left uneaten, homework undone and sleep is lost.

Little by little, computers cut us off from the real world. We get so lazy, we choose to spend a fine day in semi-darkness, glued to our computers screen, rather than go out into the world itself.

S9: I’m sure some scientists and experts are pessimistic about the future. They worry about cyber crimes. Even now, young hackers can get into computers of banks and governmental organizations. In the future, cyber terrorism may ‘attack’ the world’s computers, cause chaos and plane and train crushes.


III.             Main part

1.  Vocabulary revision

T: Mark the word with the corresponding stressed sound. Task 0-a is an example.

a)     0. For military reasons;

b)    For scientific reasons;

c)     For business.

2.  What year did it start?

a)     In 1959;

b)    In 1969;

c)     In 1979.

3.  When people start calling it the ‘Internet’?

a)     In the 1980s;

b)    In the early 1990s;

c)     In the late 1990s.

4.  When did the Internet start to grow fast?

a)     In the late 1980s;

b)    In the mid-1990s;

c)     In the late 1990s.

Key: 1-a, 2-b, 3-a, 4-b.


While listening

T: Listen to the text and check your answers


Presenter: Welcome to ‘Future Now’. Today we are going to discuss the Internet with Dr Jennifer May from Manchester University. Dr May, how did the Internet begin?

Dr May: Well, it’s strange but the Internet was started by the military. In 1969, the Pentagon thought of linking computers into a network so that if one part of the network was destroyed in the nuclear war, other parts could continue working.

Presenter: And then scientists started to use the network, right?

Dr May: Yes, people in universities all over the world began to use the network to share ideas. They used it for work and for fun. In the 1980s, people started calling it the Internet.

Presenter: Then it was in the mid-1990s that the Internet really began to grow fast.

Dr May: Yes, now the Internet is important for entertainment, e-mail, playing games and getting information.

2. Reading


T: Before reading the text let’s do matching exercise:


1)    Withdrawal symptoms;

2)    Withdrawal;

3)    Gambling;

4)    Dependency;

5)    To surf the Internet;

6)    Disorder;

7)    Addiction

8)    Spare time;

9)    To predict.



a)    Вільний час;

b)   Азартна гра;

c)    Залежність;

d)   Згубна звичка, наркоманія;

e)    Відхід, усунення;

f)     Передрікати, передбачати;

g)    Розлад, хвороба;

h)   Нишпорити в Інтернеті

i)      Абстинентний синдром.



 Key: 1-i, 2-e, 3-b, 4-c, 5-h, 6-g, 7-d, 8-a, 9-f.

While reading

T: The groups will be given parts of the scrambled text. You have to rearrange them in a logical order and then read the text.


A. An international group of psychologists has recently suggested that anyone who surfs the Internet for long period is clinically ill and needs medical treatment.

According to their report, Internet addicts should be treated in the same way as alcoholics, drug addicts, compulsive gamblers and people with eating disorders.

B. Understandably, his parents are extremely worried. Not only has his school work suffered, but Russel’s addiction has also destroyed his social life and his spare-time interests. For instance, he has just dropped out of his school’s basketball team in order to spend more time at his computer.

C. Instead of spending next weekend having a good time out with friends, he’ll be spending it indoors surfing the Internet. Russel has recently joined an Internet online support group. It may seem ironic that many of the support groups for the Internet addicts are online but at least Russel has sought help. Not everyone does.

D. Last week, in a private rehabilitation clinic outside Edinburgh, Loe Edwards, a sixteen-year-old schoolboy, was going through severe withdrawal symptoms. His body often shook violently and uncontrollably, and at mealtimes he regularly threw cups and plates around the dining room.

The boy’s addiction had nothing to do with alcohol, drugs, gambling or food. His problem was “Net obsession” – an over-dependency on the Internet.

E. Dr Ann Hoffman, who runs an online support groups, says, ‘People don’t realize that being online for more than four hours a day amounts to addiction and that they have a serious problem. I predict that the number of people who join online support groups will have risen dramatically within three years’.

F. Leo Edwards is not an isolated case. Russel Hopkins, aged fifteen, from Gateshead in northeast England, is a typical online addict. Every day after school dinner until three or four in the morning, he will be found in his room surfing the Net or playing computer games. By the end of the day he will have spent more than six hours online.

Key: 1-d, 2-a, 3-f, 4-b, 5-c, 6-e.



T: Answer the questions.

1.     How did Leo respond to withdrawal from the Internet?

2.     What do some psychologists compare Internet addicts to?

3.     Is Russel a typical Internet addict?

4.     What two things has he stopped doing?

5.     What does Dr Hoffman predicts?


1.     His body shook and he threw cups and plates around.

2.     Alcoholics, drug addicts, compulsive gamblers and people with eating disorder.

3.     Every day he surfs the Net after school and after dinner, until three or four in the morning.

4.     He has stopped playing basketball and he does less school work.

5.     That within three years a lot more people will join online support groups – there will be more Internet addicts.

3. Speaking

T: You are the participant of the Internet online support group. Give your advice on preventing the Internet addiction. What are advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet?


Possible answer

Advertisements for the Internet promise you a world of information, entertainment, on-line shopping and e-mail services. However, the real world of the Internet may not be as perfect as the advertisements suggest. Using the Internet offers many advantages. For example, all of the latest information is available for you in your home at any hour of the day or night. It is much faster and easier to surf the net in search of information from all over the world than to travel to libraries of different countries. You’re quite right. On-line shopping makes it possible to search through catalogues to find goods you’d like to buy at the best price, saving both time and money. What is more, by joining a newsgroup or chat group, you can share your special interests with other users, and perhaps make friends all over the world.

Finally, e-mail is popular because it is faster than sending a letter and cheaper than a telephone call.

On the other hand, the Internet has several disadvantages. Firstly, browsing the Internet in search of necessary information might take hours. Multimedia web pages with photographs, music and video are attractive, but they make downloading slow and boring. I agree there is too much advertising instead of real information on the Internet. As for Internet friendships, sitting at home and making ‘chat friends’ online is not the same as actually meeting people.

In conclusion, the Internet obviously has its pros and cons. Fortunately, the system is improving all the time, and any problems which still exist can be solved.

Whether we like it or not, the Internet is here to stay, so we have to make the best of it.

4.  Writing

1.     Presentation “Rules to write an e-mail”.

2.     Sample-based e-mail writing.

Possible e-mails

Address. e-mail

Subject. Good to hear from you.


My dear friend,

It was so exciting to get your e-mail. I had been wondering how you were

because I hadn’t heard from you for a while.

Things are fine here. I am keeping busy even though classes are out for the summer. There always are lots to in preparation for next semester; lesson plans, research etc.

 Please write me and tell me all about your summer holidays. You can also send me, be snail mail, some snapshots of your trip.

The weather is hot here. Is it the same there? I will be glad when it cools down a little, but I’m not ready for winter yet.



Address. e-mail

Subject. Hi!


Hello, Joe!

Thought I better answer your last e-mail before you believe I didn’t get it. I did enjoy reading it and especially your news about your engagement. That is wonderful!

You didn’t tell me much about her so I will expect you to write with a full description; hair, eye colour, disposition, etc. ROFL. When will we get to meet her?

How is your job? Do you like your work? I know you were excited about it when you started, is it what you thought it would be?

Write me ASAP so I will know how things are going. I always like to hera from you.

As ever,



Snail mail – letters sent by post.

ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing – very, very funny.

ASAP – as soon as possible.

5.  Language focus

Read e-mail messages and find the phrases which have these functions.

Greetings ________________________________________________________________________________________

Reaction to somebody’s last e-mail________________________________________________________________

Asking about the news ___________________________________________________________________________

Telling the news __________________________________________________________________________________

Closing ____________________________________________________________________________________________

2.     Write out the abbreviations used in the sample e-mail messages. How are they related to the preceding and following sentences? Comment on the effect they create.

6.  Content focus

1.     Read the sample e-mail messages and say what you have learned about their authors and their relationships with the addressees.

2.     In groups. Read the suggested e-mail messages and rate them on the scales. Be ready to explain your point.

Politeness scale

Absolutely impolite

Totally polite


Interest scale

Very interesting

Not interesting at all


Information value scale

High information value

Low information value


IV.           Summing-up.

T: What do you think about a computer now? Is it a useful, necessary, universal tool or is it our time and health consumer?

V.  Home assignment

T: Imagine you are just back to school from winter vacations and have found a lot of newly-arrived e-mail messages from your friends who study at different schools. Respond with your e-mail message and answer the question “How has your school year begun?”


English. – 2012. - № 16. – р. 26-29.

Suggested level – B1

By Oksana Voitovitch,

A teacher of English, gas pipe secondary school, Novopskovs’k, Luhans’k region

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