What are the advantages and disadvantages of students having phones in the classroom?
Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:
(something) comes up (verb): something is mentioned in a conversation
– It is always nice to have a phone, so you can contact family and friends if something important comes up.
Google something (verb): search using Google
– If you have questions about the city, just Google it. You’ll find something.
back in the day (expression): talk about a time in the past, once upon a time
– Back in the day, I used to go to the library to look up information, but I do most of my research online.
drawback (noun): disadvantage
– Getting distracted on your phone in class is one of the drawbacks of having a phone in class.
cryptic (adjective): having a meaning that is mysterious or not easy to understand
– I sometimes don’t understand her text messages. They are somewhat cryptic.
deprive someone of having something (verb): prevent someone of something
– There are times when having a phone can be an emotional support to a person in times of distress, for instance, when I family member is in the hospital. In such cases, I wouldn’t want to deprive a person of the ability to communicate with loved ones.
Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.
What are some situations where having a phone has been extremely useful to you? Explain.
Example: calling for help when your car breaks down along the road
The following activities deal with related topics to give you additional language practice.