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Bible translated for mobile phones

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    Today‟s contents

    The Article 2 Warm-ups 3 Before Reading / Listening 4 While Reading / Listening 5 After Reading 6 Discussion 7 Speaking 8 Listening Gap Fill 9 Homework 10 Answers 11

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    8 October, 2005

    Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005 THE ARTICLE

    Bible translated for mobile phones BNE: The Australian Bible Society has just created a world first the

    entire Bible translated into SMS message form. This is the text

    language that is the world’s most modern form of communication and

    is so prevalent in messages e-mailed from mobile phones. The SMS

    Bible is intended to cross the digital divide and reach a wider audience. Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant said: “The old days when the

    Bible was only available within a somber black cover with a cross on it

    are long gone.…We want to open it up for people of all ages,

    backgrounds and interests, and the SMS version is a logical extension

    of that.” It took one person four weeks to convert all 31,173 verses of

    the Bible.

    Traditionalists and devout Bible readers are a little bemused by the

    idea of the Bible in abbreviated form. Many believe it lacks the dignity

    and elegance of the original wording. However, for many younger

    people, text language is much more accessible than the often staid and

    antiquated language used in many versions of the Bible. Mr. Chant said

    the text version would open the Bible up to the young, who are such ardent mobile phone users. He added: “The idea is that the Bible can

    be used and be relevant and up-to-date, just like getting a verse of the

    day or reading a horoscope.” Although the new service is proving to be

    popular, it is not cheap. The entire Bible would cost $US6,000 to send

    by text.

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    Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005 WARM-UPS

    1. HOLY BOOK: In pairs / groups, talk about your history with holy books. When

    did you first start reading one? Do you like or dislike them? Have you read holy books

    from different religions? Do you have favorite verses?

    2. TXT MSG: How much do you know about text language in English? With your

    partner(s), try to guess the meaning of the words in the left column. If you have

    difficulty, match them with the standard English on the right.

    a. b4 1. Are you OK?

    b. gonna 2. before

    c. luv 3. excellent

    d. xlnt 4. going to

    e. ruok 5. great

    f. cul8er 6. love

    g. 2moro 7. Oh, I see.

    h. sum1 8. See you later.

    i. gr8 9. someone

    j. oic 10. tomorrow 3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most

    interesting and which are most boring.

    Australia / Bible / holy books / e-mail messages / communication / cross /

    translations / boring language / mobile phones / horoscopes / $6,000

    Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and

    partners frequently.

    4. COMMUNICATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different

    words you associate with the word “communication”. Share your words with your

    partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

    5. SHORTER & SHRTR: In pairs / groups, talk about the kinds of texts that

    might be more convenient if they were written in text language (newspapers, exam

    papers, railway timetables, restaurant menus, contracts, instructions, road signs…).

    6. SMS (Short Message Service) OPINIONS: Do you agree with

    these opinions on language and SMS / text language? Talk about them with your

    partner(s).

    a. I don’t like my language changing.

    b. Shorter text language is more convenient.

    c. Text message is too difficult for most people.

    d. Holy books are too important to be translated into text (SMS) language.

    e. I’m worried my children will not be able to spell correctly.

    f. SMS simply allows people to be lazy.

    g. I love all this new, shortened language.

    h. I don’t want to learn English text language.

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    Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005 BEFORE READING / LISTENING

    1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these

    sentences are true (T) or false (F):

    a. T / F We can now read the Bible in an English that uses shorter words.

    b. T / F SMS text is the world’s most modern form of communication.

    c. T / F Nowadays, Bibles are only available with black covers.

    d. T / F One person converted all 31,173 verses of the Bible in four weeks.

    e. T / F Devout Bible readers are highly amused by the abbreviated text.

    f. T / F The young are often put off by the older Bible’s antiquated wording.

    g. T / F The new text message Bible will be free with daily horoscopes.

    h. T / F The entire Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text. 2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

    a. translated enthusiastic b. prevalent commonsensical c. cross shortened

    d. somber commonplace e. logical old-fashioned f. devout serious

    g. abbreviated converted

    h. antiquated whole

    i. ardent faithful

    j. entire span

    3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes

    more than one combination is possible):

    a. …has just created a for people of all ages b. so prevalent in messages within a somber black cover c. intended to cross antiquated language d. Bible was only available the original wording e. We want to open it up e-mailed from mobile phones f. devout are such ardent mobile phone users g. it lacks the dignity and elegance of world first

    h. staid and to be popular i. the young, who the digital divide j. the new service is proving Bible readers

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Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005

    WHILE READING / LISTENING

    GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the gaps in the text.

    Bible translated for mobile phones

     cross BNE: The Australian Bible Society has just created a world

    _______ the entire Bible translated into SMS message logical _______. This is the text language that is the world’s most

    prevalent modern form of communication and is so _______ in

    messages e-mailed from mobile phones. The SMS Bible is long intended to _______ the digital divide and reach a wider first audience. Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant said: “The

    somber old days when the Bible was only available within a _______

    black cover with a cross on it are _______ gone.…We want to verses open it up for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests,

    form and the SMS version is a _______ extension of that.” It took

    one person four weeks to convert all 31,173 _______ of the

    Bible.

    Traditionalists and _______ Bible readers are a little bemused staid by the idea of the Bible in abbreviated form. Many believe it relevant _______ the dignity and elegance of the original _______.

    lacks However, for many younger people, text language is much

    more accessible than the often _______ and antiquated entire language used in many versions of the Bible. Mr. Chant said

    wording the text version would open the Bible up to the young, who

    are such _______ mobile phone users. He added: “The idea is devout that the Bible can be used and be _______ and up-to-date,

    proving just like getting a verse of the day or reading a horoscope.”

    Although the new service is _______ to be popular, it is not ardent cheap. The _______ Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by

    text.

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    Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005 AFTER READING / LISTENING

    1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find

    collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words

    „black‟ and „cover‟.

    ? Share your findings with your partners.

    ? Make questions using the words you found.

    ? Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down

    some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    ? Share your questions with other classmates / groups.

    ? Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise.

    Check your answers. Talk about the words from the gap fill. Were they

    new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups,

    pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. STUDENT “TEXT MESSAGE” SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about the way mobile phones are changing

    language.

    ? Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.

    ? Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.

    ? Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

    6. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner,

    try to recall exactly how these were used in the text:

    ? first ? devout

    ? modern ? elegance

    ? divide ? staid

    ? somber ? ardent

    ? proving ? logical

    ? entire ? verses

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    Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005

    DISCUSSION

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

    a. What were your initial thoughts on this headline?

    b. Did the headline make you want to read the article?

    c. Do you send e-mail messages using a mobile phone?

    d. Is modern technology changing your language?

    e. Are young people in your country having more problems with

    spelling?

    f. Do you read a holy book?

    g. What are the advantages of the new SMS Bible?

    h. Would you prefer reading a traditional book?

    i. Do you think new technology is changing the world too quickly?

    j. Do you think text messaging will have a negative impact on English

    or your language?

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

    a. Did you like reading this article?

    b. What do you think about what you read?

    c. Do you think receiving a verse of a holy book on your mobile phone

    in abbreviated form is a good idea?

    d. Do you think the new service will be popular?

    e. Do you think there should be more ways to encourage young

    people to read holy books?

    f. What are the advantages of text messaging?

    g. What do you think religious leaders will say about holy books being

    translated into text language?

    h. Would you download verses from a holy book on your mobile?

    i. Which would you prefer to download, a verse from a holy book or

    your horoscope?

    j. Did you like this discussion?

    AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what

    you talked about.

    a. What question would you like to ask about this topic?

    b. What was the most interesting thing you heard?

    c. Was there a question you didn’t like?

    d. Was there something you totally disagreed with?

    e. What did you like talking about?

    f. Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions?

    g. Which was the most difficult question?

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    Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005 SPEAKING

    MORE TEXT: In pairs / groups, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of

    having the following kinds of text written only in text language:

    TEXT ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES

    Newspapers Exam papers Railway timetables

    Restaurant menus

    Medicine instructions

    Legal contracts Road signs Other Change partners and tell each other about what you talked about earlier.

    Should the world have more text language?

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Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005

    LISTENING

    Listen and fill in the spaces.

    Bible translated for mobile phones

    BNE: The Australian Bible Society has just created __ _______ ______ the

    entire Bible translated into SMS message form. This is the _____ _________

    that is the world’s most modern form of communication and is so prevalent in

    messages e-mailed from mobile phones. The SMS Bible is _________ to cross

    the digital divide and reach a wider _________. Bible Society spokesman

    Michael Chant said: “The old days when the Bible was only available within a

    _________ black cover with a cross on it are long gone.…We want to open it up

    for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests, and the SMS version is a

    _________ extension of that.” It took one person four weeks to convert all 31,173 _________ of the Bible.

    Traditionalists and _________ Bible readers are a little bemused by the idea of

    the Bible in abbreviated form. Many believe it lacks the _________ and

    elegance of the original _________. However, for many younger people, text

    language is much more accessible than the often _________ and antiquated

    language used in many versions of the Bible. Mr. Chant said the text version

    would open the Bible up to the young, who are such _________ mobile phone

    users. He added: “The idea is that the Bible can be used and be relevant and

    up-to-date, just like getting a verse of the day or reading a horoscope.”

    Although the new service is _________ to be popular, it is not cheap. The

    _________ Bible would cost $US6,000 to send by text.

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Bible translated for mobile phones 8 October, 2005

    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. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information on the

    new SMS Bible. Share your findings with your class in the next lesson.

    3. TXT MSGNG: Find some examples of text messaging in English and

    write them down. Try to write a whole letter using text language. Show

    your messages to your classmates in your next lesson. Can they

    understand your message?

    4. LETTER: Write a letter to the Language Society about text language.

    Tell him / her whether you think it is a good or bad idea and why. Did you

    all write about similar things?

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