Cross-curricular extension unit 2 Technology: Radio 1 Label the parts of the radio with the words in the boxes. display on / off button preset stations speaker tuner volume control
aerial external speakers USB port headphone socket power socket
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2 Label the different types of radio with the words in the box. Then match the radios 1–4 with the descriptions a–d. DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio internet radio transistor radio wind-up radio
a These radios are more old fashioned than the others but a lot of people still use them. You change channels with the tuner. The sound is sometimes bad, but you can always turn up the volume! b You listen to this radio on your computer. You can download things
from it and play them again later. c When you switch on this radio, you can choose between hundreds of different radio stations. d These radios are very popular in developing countries. They don’t need batteries, so listeners can tune in for free.
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3 Read the text. Then match the people 1–3 with a–c to make sentences.
4 Read the text again and write True or False for sentences 1–6. Correct the false sentences. 1 Phyllis doesn’t want a DAB radio because it’s too modern. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 2 Phyllis turns up the volume because her ears
a is learning important things from the radio. b wants to know what’s happening in the world. c likes to keep up to date with music.
aren’t good. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 3 Jens can’t listen to the podcast now because he hasn’t got time. __________________________________________
Tuning in across the world It’s breakfast time in England. Phyllis is listening to her transistor radio, the same radio she’s had for 30 years. The sound is bad, so Phyllis turns up the volume. She looks at the display but she can’t read it because her eyes aren’t good. Phyllis’ son wants to get her a DAB radio, but she thinks it’s too modern for her. He says the display is clearer and there are hundreds of channels. But all Phyllis wants is the news. She extends the radio’s aerial. The sound improves slightly. In Denmark, Jens is looking at internet radio websites on his computer. There’s an interesting podcast about music. Jens can’t listen to it now because he’s late for school. He plugs his mp3 player into the computer’s USB port and downloads the podcast – he’ll listen to it later. On the bus Jens tunes into a music station on his mp3 player. He’s listening to the latest music. Jens likes to know what’s new. Amina is proud of her new radio. A lot of women in her community in Somalia have received free wind-up radios. They don’t need batteries so they’re free to use. Like many women in her region, Amina hasn’t had an education, but now she can listen to programmes that teach her about health and women’s rights. At home Amina isn’t allowed to use her husband’s radio. But now, he isn’t allowed to use hers!
__________________________________________ 4 Jens enjoys listening to new music. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 5 Wind-up radios cost a lot of money to use. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 6 Amina often uses her husband’s radio. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 5 Answer the questions. 1 How often do you listen to the radio? __________________________________________ 2 What kind of station do you listen to? (talk / music / sport) __________________________________________ 3 What is the most useful for you about the radio? (education / news / music) __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 6 Do a classroom survey and find out the most popular radio station for teenagers, young adults or older people in your town or region. Research each radio station on the internet. Then answer the questions for each station. 1 Does the station play music? If so, what kind? 2 How many listeners does the station have? 3 Who is the most popular DJ? 4 What is your opinion of the radio station?
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