Read the report and then answer questions 1-11
Some good news about chatting online
by Steven West
American teenagers today interact with each other in a very different way than teenagers did in the past. They send SMS messages and chat on the Internet. For these teenagers, online interaction and cell phone communication seem more important than meeting their friends face-to-face. This change is worrying for parents. They feel that all the hours spent online have a bad influence on their children's social life and harm their school work.
Dr.David Hill, a psychologist at the University of Los Angeles, shares their view. He claims that spending too much time online has a negative effect on teenagers' social skills and on their behavior at school. "Teenagers that grow up chatting online seem to have difficulty in understanding people's feelings from facial expressions," explains Dr.Hill He also says teachers are complaining that some teenagers lose interest in school work. They are so used to short "instant" online messages that it is difficult for them to pay attention during class.
How ever, recent studies have reached different conclusions about chatting online.
Dr.Sylvia Carter, from the University of California, says that teenagers who chat online do learn the social skills they need in today's world. In particular, they learn how to develop and keep personal relationships. "Parents shouldn't worry that their children don't have friends," says Dr.Carter. "Teenagers today have just as many friends as their parents had when they were young. However, nowadays teenagers make their friends online."
Having friends online doesn't mean that teenagers don't meet their friends.
"Teenagers today go out with their friends to have fun like teenagers have always done"
says Dr.Carter. "At the same time they believe it's necessary to chat online or send SMS messages in order to maintain the good relationships with their friends." Dr,Carter also
disagrees with Dr.Hill about the effects that chatting online has on school work. She says that
teenagers who chat online regularly, develop computer skills which help them in their school work.
It seems that chatting online is not such a bad thing. It even has benefits for teenagers.
Answer questions 1-11 in English according to the report and the instructions.
1) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER
From line 1-6 we learn that teenagers today (-).
- Are worried about their social life.
- Meet their friends less than teenagers in the past.
- Usually do their school work online.
- Communicate with their parents more than in the past. (8 points)
2) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER (lines 1-6)
In line 4, The writer says, "This change is worrying for parents."
What is the change parents are worried about?
- The way teenagers interact with each other.
- How much time teenagers spend with their parents.
- The way teenagers do their school work.
- What teenagers chat about online. (9 points)
3) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER. (lines 1-14)
Dr.Hill agrees with parents that spending time online (-).
- May harm the parent-children relationship.
- Helps teenagers make many friends.
- May have a negative effect on school work.
- Is important in today's modern world. (8 points)
4) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER. (lines 7-14)
According to Dr.Hill understanding emotions is something that teenagers (-).
- Often do very well.
- Don't learn in school.
- Cannot learn online.
- Learn at home. (9 points)
5) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER. (Lines 7-14)
What are we told about the difficulty that teenagers have in paying attention during class?
- It is a problem parents complain about.
- It is a result of communicating online.
- It is a difficulty very few students have.
- It is a problem that Dr.Hill helped to solve. (9 points)
6) According to Dr.Hill, why does chatting online have an influence on teenagers in school? (lines 7-14)
7) According to Dr.Carter, in what way are teenagers today the same as their parents and in what way are they different? (lines 15-21)
(1) The same as their parents:________________________________________________________________________________________.
(2) Different from their parents:________________________________________________________________________________________.
8) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER. (lines 22-29)
Dr.Carter says that teenagers today (-).
- Often do their school work with friends.
- Spend less time online than people think.
- Have a lot of fun online.
- Meet their friends face-to-face. (9 points)
9) COMPLETE THE SENTENCE. (lines 22-25)
Online communication with friends is important for teenagers because they want
10) According to Dr.Carter, in what way does chatting online help teenagers in school? (lines 26-28)
11) CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER.
The "good news" in the title if this report is that (-).
- Social skills can be learned from parents.
- Chatting online in less harmful than people think.
- Teenagers today spend more time with their parents.
- Chatting online helps teenagers understand their feelings (9 points)