Here, I'd like to give some paragraphs. Please read it and answer the questions that are mentioned at the end. OK. let's get started! (Please read the questions first before you go to paragraphs)


We can communicate with other people in many different ways. We can talk and write, and we can send messages with our hands and faces. There is also the phone (including the mobile!), the fax, and e-mail. Television, film, painting, and photography can also communicate ideas.


Animals have ways of exchanging information, too. Bees dance and tell other bees where to find food. Elephants make sounds that human can't hear. Whales sing songs. Monkey use their faces to show anger and love. But this is nothing compared to what people can do. We have language -- about 6000 languages. In fact, we can write poetry, tell jokes, make promises, explain, persuade, tell the truth or tell lies. And we have a sense of past and future, not just present.


Communication technologies were very important in the development of all the great ancient societies:

  • Around 2900 BC, paper and hieroglyphics transformed Egyptian life.
  • The ancient Greeks loved the spoken word. They were very good at public speaking, drama and philosophy.
  • The Romans developed a unique system of government that depended on the Roman alphabet.
  • In the 14th century, the printing press helped develop new ways of thinking across Europe.


Radio, film, and television have had a huge influence on society in the lat hundred years. And now we have the Internet, which is infinite. But what is this doing to us? We can give and get a lot of information very quickly. But there is so much information that it is difficult to know what is important and what isn't. Modern media is changing our world every minute of every day.


Please skim (read quickly for the key points) the paragraphs and answer the following questions. (Since the paragraphs are short, you should not take more than 3 mins for the following questions. If you take more, please practice how to skim effectively)


1. Please match the following titles with each of the paragraph.

  • A History of Communication
  • How We Communicate
  • Communication Today
  • Differences between People and Animals

2. How many different ways can people communicate?

3. What should be the title of the article?


4. Read the text again and answer the questions.

    a. Which animals are mentioned? What can they do?

    b. What is special about human communication? What can we do?

    c. Which four forms of media are mentioned in the last paragraph?

    d. What is good and bad about information technology today?


5. What do you think?

  • What can animals do that people can't?
  • How do you like to communicate?
  • What is happening in information technology now?

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