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YouTube Celebrates Fifth Birthday (24th April, 2010)

YouTube celebrated its fifth birthday on April 23rd. The video upload site is now one of the biggest websites on the Internet. The first video ever uploaded on it was a 19-second film taken at San Diego zoo. YouTube was founded by three men from their office above a California restaurant. They sold their company to Google eighteen months later for $1.65 billion. Today, there is over 1,700 years of video on the site. More than one billion videos are streamed every day. It is sure to get bigger and more popular.

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YouTube is one of the Internet’s biggest successes. Everyone knows and uses it. The website is now a part of our life. We all like to search for music or sport videos, or clips from our favourite comedy shows. Many people e-mail the web address of funny YouTube clips to their friends. Not everything about YouTube is good though. There are many videos on it that are illegal. People upload stuff that tells lies about others or stuff that teaches you how to do criminal things. YouTube is also useful for learning English.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

one of the biggest websites on

a.

18 months later

2

The first video

b.

by three men

3.

YouTube was founded

c.

video on the site

4.

They sold their company to Google

d.

the Internet

5.

there is over 1,700 years of

e.

and more popular

6.

It is sure to get bigger

f.

ever uploaded

 

Paragraph 2

1.

YouTube is one of the Internet’s

a.

funny YouTube clips

2

The website is now a

b.

biggest successes

3.

e-mail the web address of

c.

that tells lies

4.

Not everything about

d.

part of our life.

5.

People upload stuff

e.

learning English

6.

YouTube is also useful for

f.

YouTube is good


LISTENING GAP FILL

YouTube celebrated ____________________ April 23rd. The video upload site is now one of the biggest websites on the Internet. The first video ____________________ was a 19-second film taken at San Diego zoo. YouTube was founded by three ____________________ above a California restaurant. They sold their company to Google eighteen months later for $1.65 billion. Today, there is over ____________________ on the site. More than one billion videos ____________________ day. ____________________ bigger and more popular.

YouTube is one of the Internet’s biggest successes. Everyone ____________________. The website is now a part of our life. We all like to search for music or sport videos, ____________________ favourite comedy shows. Many people e-mail the web address of funny YouTube ____________________. Not everything about YouTube is good though. There are many videos ____________________ illegal. People upload ____________________ about others or stuff that ____________________ do criminal things. YouTube is also useful for learning English.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

YouTube celebrated its fifth birthday on April 23rd. The video (1) ____ site is now one of the biggest websites on the Internet. The first video ever uploaded on it was a 19-second film (2) ____ at San Diego zoo. YouTube was founded by three men from their office (3) ____ a California restaurant. They sold their company to Google eighteen months (4) ____ for $1.65 billion. Today, there is over 1,700 years of video on the site. More than one billion videos are streamed every day. It is (5) ____ to get bigger and more popular.

YouTube is one of the Internet’s biggest successes. Everyone knows and uses it. The website is now a (6) ____ of our life. We all like to search for music or sport videos, or (7) ____ from our favourite comedy shows. Many people e-mail the web address of funny YouTube clips to their friends. Not everything about YouTube is good (8) ____. There are many videos on it that are illegal. People upload (9) ____ that tells lies about others or stuff that teaches you how to do criminal things. YouTube is also useful for (10) ____ English.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

upload

(b)

uploads

(c)

uploaded

2.

(a)

took

(b)

taking

(c)

taken

3.

(a)

up

(b)

above

(c)

higher

4.

(a)

next

(b)

then

(c)

later

5.

(a)

sure

(b)

shore

(c)

 

6.

(a)

partly

(b)

part

(c)

parted

7.

(a)

flips

(b)

slips

(c)

clips

8.

(a)

thought

(b)

though

(c)

through

9.

(a)

stuff

(b)

stiff

(c)

staff

10.

(a)

learning

(b)

learner

(c)

learn


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The video apldou site

2.

a 19-edocsn film

3.

from their ceioff

4.

eighteen hntoms later

5.

one ibnlilo videos

6.

more praulop

 

Paragraph 2

7.

biggest csuscsese

8.

We all like to rcehas

9.

web ssddear

10.

funny YouTube psicl

11.

stuff that tells isle

12.

do mnacrlii things


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

eighteen months later for $1.65 billion. Today, there is over 1,700 years of video on the

(    )

YouTube is one of the Internet’s biggest successes. Everyone knows and uses it. The website is now a part

1  )

YouTube celebrated its fifth birthday on April 23rd. The video upload site is now one of the biggest websites

(    )

on the Internet. The first video ever uploaded on it was a 19-second film taken at San Diego zoo. YouTube was

(    )

shows. Many people e-mail the web address of funny YouTube clips to their friends. Not everything

(    )

founded by three men from their office above a California restaurant. They sold their company to Google

(    )

of our life. We all like to search for music or sport videos, or clips from our favourite comedy

(    )

about YouTube is good though. There are many videos on it that are illegal. People upload stuff that tells

(    )

lies about others or stuff that teaches you how to do criminal things. YouTube is also useful for learning English.

(    )

site. More than one billion videos are streamed every day. It is sure to get bigger and more popular.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

of     the     the     Internet     biggest     websites     One     on.    

2.

was     by     men     YouTube     founded     three.    

3.

their    Google     later    sold     to    months     They    company     18.

4.

the     of     is     site     video     1,700     over     on     years     There.    

5.

sure     get     is     to     bigger     It.    

6.

the     YouTube     Internet’s     is     biggest     one     successes     of.    

7.

part     life     website     a     our     The     now     of     is.    

8.

web     funny     the     of     clips     E-mail     address     YouTube

9.

that     many     it     illegal     are     on     are     There     videos.    

10.

English     learning     for     useful     also     is     YouTube.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about YouTube for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. YOUTUBE: Search the Internet and find more information about YouTube. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about YouTube’s fifth birthday. Include imaginary an interview with YouTube’s CEO and a YouTube fan. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to YouTube’s CEO. Ask him/her three questions about YouTube. Give him/her three of your opinions on YouTube. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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