Thursday, 12 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 73. Keys and Vocabulary

Ex 8A
Which were the top three languages used on the internet between 2000 and 2010?
Which languages have grown most rapidly in the same period?

Suggested answers
The graph shows you that Chinese, Arabic and Russian in particular, are likely to be more important in the future as their rate of growth is very high. Possible predictions are: In the future, perhaps English will not be the most dominant language. Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Spanish may become more important than English.

Ex 8B
KEY
1 Chinese, because there is a huge increase in demand as the number of Chinese internet users increases.



2 Arabic and Russian are both important to mention because of their huge growth rates.

surge: a sudden increase in the amount or number of something; a large amount of something. E.g. surge (in something) a surge in consumer spending. We are having trouble keeping up with the recent surge in demand.

Ex 9
KEY
Points 1, 2. 3, 5 and 6 are all exemplified. You would expect to find point 4 in the remaining part. 

Ex 10A
KEY
1 dropped alarmingly 



2 a drop 
surge: a sudden increase in the amount or number of something; a large amount of something. E.g. surge (in something) a surge in consumer spending. We are having trouble keeping up with the recent surge in demand.



3 plummeted
plummet /ˈplʌmɪt/ to fall suddenly and quickly from a high level or position. E.g Share prices plummeted to an all-time low. Her spirits plummeted at the thought of meeting him again. The jet plummeted into a row of houses.

soar: /sɔː(r)/ if the value, amount or level of something soars, it rises very quickly. E.g. soaring costs/ prices/ temperatures. Air pollution will soon soar above safety levels. Unemployment has soared to 18%.





4 surge, 




declined 



5 collapsed 



6 sharp

Ex 10B
KEY
1 There has been an explosion in (the) demand for mobile technology in language learning. 



2 The number of people communicating regularly using blogs has increased dramatically. 



3 The number of students attending private language schools to study English has plummeted. 



4 There has been a sharp increase in the ability of learners to access learning materials on the internet. 


5 There has been a gradual decline in the appeal of traditional teaching methods.

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