“Phones in the Classroom”



Pre-Listening Question

What are the advantages and disadvantages of students having phones in the classroom?

Vocabulary and Expressions

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.

Listening Comprehension Questions

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.

Conversation Questions

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

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