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Computers and the Internet

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I. Introduction:

Many people use computers and the Internet as a way of communicating with the outside world. Others surf the Internet to buy things while some people create Web sites as part of their business. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find sample sentences and related information.

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  • chat rooms
  • computer
  • email
  • Internet connection
  • ISP (Internet Service Provider)
  • laptop computer
  • the Internet
  • URL (Webpage address)
  • Web browser
  • Webpage
  • build a Webpage (also, Website)
  • check your email
  • download music files
  • go on the Internet / go online
  • install software
  • meet people online
  • scan for viruses
  • send email
  • start up / shut down your computer
  • surf the Internet

II. Practice: Top
Now, complete the sentences below with the best answer:
1. ___________ allows people to compose, send, and receive messages quickly and conveniently at any time rather than going to the post office and mailing a letter.

A. A chat room B. Email C. An Internet connection

2. Before you _____________, you need to check the system requirements to make sure it is compatible with your system.

A. check your email B. install software C. surf the Internet

3. More and more companies are ___________ about their products and services as a way to promote more business online.

A. building a Website B. scanning for viruses C. downloading files

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III. Follow-Up: Top
List the top five reasons why you use computers and the Internet, and share your ideas with a partner. Also, what are some of the benefits and potential dangers of the Internet, particularly to children (e.g., ID theft)? Search the Internet for more information on this topic.

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