Thursday, November 11, 2010

Six Minute English: A Media Blackout

Good day everyone. Here's the most recent Six Minute English.


In this edition, Dan and Alice talk about an experiment at a British university: Bournemouth, on the south coast of England. We're going to learn what the experiment was and how it worked.


Here are the questions:


1. (Official question) How many active Facebook users are there in the world?
(a) 300 million; (b) 500 million; (c) 800 million


2. How did the experiment work? Student volunteers had to "unplug" their phones, laptops and TVs for ____ _____ [period of time]. And they weren't allowed to ___ ___ ___ ____ radio or ___ ____. [one word for each underscore.]


3. How have the volunteers reacted? Charlotte says, ".............." [a short sentence to express her answer.]


4. How has the experiment affected the volunteers' mental well-being? They are experiencing ______ _____ and _______. And they are feeling ________, _________ and ________ . [one word for each underscore.]


5. Student volunteer Caroline Scott says it is quite nice to be "totally separated" for about _____ _____.


6. The BBC commentator Roy Cellan-Jones says we spend "..................................." on the media. [a short phrase to express his comment.]


Now listen to the programme. Then write your answers on the Tag Board or, perhaps better, in a comment.


And my question to you is: Would you like to try disconnecting yourself from your media? How long could you do it for? Put your answer on the Tag Board.


That's all for now. More soon!


Happy listening,
Mike

2 comments:

maria onofri said...

Hi Mike
About a media blackout: I could stay with TV, laptops and radio unplugged, if I were out for a long vacation, but I would have the mobile phone.

Domenico said...

1. (Official question) How many active Facebook users are there in the world?
500 million.
2. How did the experiment work? Student volunteers had to "unplug" their phones, laptops and TVs for 24 hours. And they weren't allowed to listen to the radio or read newspaper.
3. How have the volunteers reacted? Charlotte says that to avoid all contacts with the media it’s really difficult.
4. How has the experiment affected the volunteers' mental well-being? They are experiencing silence, solitude and overeating. And they are feeling isolated, nervous and detached. (they are feeling cuts off).
5. Student volunteer Caroline Scott says it is quite nice to be totally separated for about two hours, at the maximum.
6. The BBC commentator Roy Cellan-Jones says we spend half of the waking hours on the media in some form.

Thank you Michael

Domenico