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The Pros and Cons of Using the Internet


Advertisements for the Internet promise you a world of information, entertainment, on-line shopping and e-mail services. (1), the real world of the Internet may not be as perfect as the advertisements suggest. Using the Internet offers many advantages. (2), all of the latest information is available to you, in your home, at any hour of the day or night. It is much faster and easier to surf the net in search of information from all over the world than to travel to libraries in dozens of countries. (3), on-line shopping makes it possible to search through catalogues to find exactly what you want at the best price, saving both time and money. By joining a newsgroup or chat group, you can share your hobbies and special interests, and perhaps make friends all over the world. (4), e-mail is popular because it is faster than sending a letter and cheaper than a telephone conversation. (5), the Internet has several disadvantages. (6), with so much information available, finding what you want can take you hours. Multimedia web pages with photographs, music and video are attractive, (7) they make downloading slow and boring. (8), there is too much advertising instead of real information. As for Internet friendships, sitting at home in front of a computer making 'chat friends' is not the same as actually meeting people.(9) , the Internet obviously has both good and bad points. Fortunately, the system is improving all the time, and any problems which still exist can be solved. Whether we like it or not, the Internet is here to stay, so we have to make the best possible use of it.


c) Read the article again and answer the questions.

  1. Which paragraph is about the advantages of using the Internet?
  2. Which paragraph is about the disadvantages of using the Internet?
  3. In which paragraph does the writer sum up the pros and cons?
  4. How does this paragraph start?
  5. Which paragraph introduces the topic?
  6. Is the article for or against using the Internet?


d) Read the article again and make notes about the Pros and Cons of using the Internet. Then, use your notes to talk about the topic.

Ex.2. In teams, use the words/phrases below to make sentences. Each correct sentence gets one point.

surf the net, e-mail address, exist, join a newsgroup, visit a web site, 'chat' friends, download a document, save time, in search of, current events, without doubt, can be solved

Ex.3. Children on the Net: yes or no?


a) Should children use the Internet? Read the points (1-6) and mark them as P (pros) or (cons). Then, listen and check your answers.


1 The net is part of our world, so children need to use it

2 Many use it for playing games, not for learning

3 They learn about other countries and cultures.

4 They can meet people from all over the world.

5 Some web sites are not suitable for children.

6 They can make friends in faraway places.

b) Read the topic sentences. Which: states the topic and main viewpoints □; introduces points for □; introduces points against ; sums up the topic and gives an opinion ?

1On the other hand, some people are against letting children surf the net on their own.

2 The Internet is a great learning tool for children, but what about the problems and dangers if children are allowed to surf the net on their own?

3 Many people are in favour of children using the Internet.

4 The Internet offers many advantages, but children should be supervised
when they're using it, and parents must teach them how to use it properly.

c) Use the points for and against, and the topic sentences above, to talk about the pros and cons of the Internet for children.

d) Use the information above and the plan below to write a for-and-against essay (120-180 words) about whether children should use the Internet. Use the text as a model.



Para 1: state the topic

Main Body

Para 2.- points for children using the Internet

Para 3: points against children using the Internet


Para 4: sum up the advantages & disadvantages




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