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Vocabulary Lessons

“Computers and the Internet”


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.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  • 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


Follow-Up Activity

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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