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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Lawrence Edward ‘Larry’ Page is an American entrepreneur who co-founded the Google Internet search engine. He was co-president of Google until 2001, when he and co-founder Sergey Brin appointed an external CEO. In 2007, ‘PC World’ magazine said Page was top of their list of the most important people on the Internet. Along with Brin, Page is the world’s fourth youngest billionaire.

Page was born in 1973. His father was a professor of computer science and artificial intelligence and his mother was a computer programming teacher. His brother Carl is a co-founder of eGroups, which he sold to Yahoo! for half a billion dollars. Page graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s in computer science from the prestigious Stanford University.

Page said the best advice he ever received was from his Ph.D. supervisor, who encouraged him to study the mathematical processes behind the world wide web. He investigated how different web pages were linked to each other. He met Sergey Brin and developed a search engine system they called Google. Their initial version of Google is still on the Stanford University Web site.

Page has followed other interests since stepping down as Google president. He has amassed a personal fortune of over $18 billion, but continues to look for ways to maintain Google’s innovativeness. Page is looking to the future and invested in a company that is developing greener, battery-powered cars. The World Economic Forum named him as a Global Leader for Tomorrow.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

entrepreneur

a.

elite

2

appointed

b.

Chief Executive Officer

3.

CEO

c.

lecturer

4.

artificial

d.

businessman

5.

teacher

e.

synthetic

6.

prestigious

f.

chose


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

received

g.

keep

8.

investigated

h.

collected

9.

initial

i.

researched

10.

amassed

j.

got

11

maintain

k

less polluting

12

greener

l

first

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

‘PC World’ magazine said Page

a.

a billion dollars

2

Page is the world’s

b.

Google president

3.

artificial

c.

Stanford University

4.

he sold to Yahoo! for half

d.

he ever received

5.

the prestigious

e.

fourth youngest billionaire

6.

the best advice

f.

was top of their list

7.

the mathematical processes

g.

battery-powered cars

8.

how different web pages were

h.

intelligence

9.

stepping down as

i.

behind the world wide web

10.

developing greener,

j.

linked to each other


LISTENING GAP FILL

Lawrence Edward ‘Larry’ Page is an American __________________ co-founded the Google Internet search engine. He was co-president of Google until 2001, when __________________ Sergey Brin appointed an external CEO. In 2007, ‘PC World’ magazine said Page __________________ of the most important people on the Internet. Along with Brin, Page is the world’s __________________ billionaire.

Page was born in 1973. His father __________________ computer science and __________________ and his mother was a computer programming teacher. His brother Carl is a co-founder of eGroups, which he sold to Yahoo! _________________ dollars. Page graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s in computer science _________________ Stanford University.

Page said the best __________________ received was from his Ph.D. supervisor, who encouraged him to study the __________________ behind the world wide web. He investigated how different web pages __________________ other. He met Sergey Brin and developed a search engine system they called Google. Their __________________ Google is still on the Stanford University Web site.

Page has followed other interests __________________ as Google president. He __________________ personal fortune of over $18 billion, but continues to look for __________________ Google’s innovativeness. Page is looking to the future and invested in a company that is __________________, battery-powered cars. The World Economic Forum named him as a Global Leader for Tomorrow.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs in italics.

Lawrence Edward ‘Larry’ Page is an American enterprise / entrepreneur who co-founded the Google Internet search engine. He was co-president of Google until 2001, when he and co-founder Sergey Brin appointed / pointed an external CEO. In 2007, ‘PC World’ magazine said Page was high / top of their list of the most important people on the Internet. Along with Brin, Page is the world’s fourth youngest / younger billionaire.

Page was born in 1973. His father was a professor / prof of computer science and artificial intelligent / intelligence and his mother was a computer programming teacher. His brother Carl is a co-founder of eGroups, which he sold to Yahoo! for half / halves a billion dollars. Page graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s in computer science from the prestige / prestigious Stanford University.

Page said the best advice he never / ever received was from his Ph.D. supervisor, who encouraged him to study the mathematical processes behind the world / word wide web. He investigated how different web pages were linked for / to each other. He met Sergey Brin and together a search engine system they called Google. Their initial / initially version of Google is still on the Stanford University Web site.

Page has followed other interesting / interests since stooping /stepping down as Google president. He has amassed / amazed a personal fortune of over $18 billion, but continues to look for ways to maintain Google’s innovativeness. Page is looking to the future and invested in a company that is developing greener / greenish, battery-powered cars. The World Economic Forum named him as a Global Leader for Tomorrow.


SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

co-oefdnud the Google Internet search engine

2.

Brin appointed an erlaetxn CEO

3.

the most matipotnr people

4.

the world’s fourth youngest linrioailbe


Paragraph 2
 

5.

His father was a oroesrpfs

6.

cltfaiaiir intelligence

7.

half a iinllbo dollars

8.

a master’s in computer encisec


Paragraph 3
 

9.

the best vcieda he ever received

10.

how different web pages were dkelni to each other

11.

a search engine mtsyes

12.

Their taliiin version of Google


Paragraph 4
 

13.

a personal fnteruo of over $18 billion

14.

ways to minnaita Google’s innovativeness

15.

esvditne in a company

16.

a baGllo Leader for Tomorrow


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Page said the best advice he ever received was from his Ph.D. supervisor, who encouraged him to study the mathematical

(    )

 

billion dollars. Page graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and

(    )

 

Page was born in 1973. His father was a professor of computer science and artificial intelligence and his mother was a computer

(    )

 

him as a Global Leader for Tomorrow.

(    )

 

programming teacher. His brother Carl is a co-founder of eGroups, which he sold to Yahoo! for half a

(    )

 

president of Google until 2001, when he and co-founder Sergey Brin appointed an external CEO. In 2007, ‘PC World’ magazine

(    )

 

version of Google is still on the Stanford University Web site

(    )

 

invested in a company that is developing greener, battery-powered cars. The World Economic Forum named

(    )

 

Brin and together developed a search engine system they called Google. Their initial

( 1 )

 

Lawrence Edward "Larry" Page is an American entrepreneur who co-founded the Google Internet search engine. He was co

(    )

 

said Page was top of their list of the most important people on the Internet. Along with

(    )

 

processes behind the world wide web. He investigated how different web pages were linked to each other. He met Sergey

(    )

 

$18 billion, but continues to look for ways to maintain Google’s innovativeness. Page is looking to the future and

(    )

 

Brin, Page is the world’s fourth youngest billionaire

(    )

 

Page has followed other interests since stepping down as Google president. He has amassed a personal fortune of over

(    )

 

a master’s in computer science from the prestigious Stanford University.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

2001    president    He    of    was    Google    co    until    -

2.

of    most    their    important    list    people    of    top    the

3.

billionaire    is    world’s    youngest    Page    the    fourth

4.

a    was    father    His    science    computer    of    professor

5.

a    founder    His    is    -    eGroups    Carl    co    of    brother

6.

the    received    ever    he    advice    best

7.

each    pages    other    were    how    linked    different    to    web

8.

called    they    system    engine    search    a    developed    Google

9.

fortune    personal    a    amassed    has    He

10.

Page    future    the    to    looking    is


LARRY PAGE DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Larry Page?

2.

Would you like to meet Larry Page?

3.

What would you like to know about Larry Page and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Larry Page?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Larry Page?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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LARRY PAGE SURVEY

Write five questions about Larry Page in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Larry Page 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. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Larry Page. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. LARRY PAGE POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Larry Page. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Larry Page. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Larry Page. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Larry Page expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

entrepreneur

a.

businessman

2

appointed

b.

chose

3.

CEO

c.

Chief Executive Officer

4.

artificial

d.

synthetic

5.

teacher

e.

lecturer

6.

prestigious

f.

elite


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

received

g.

got

8.

investigated

h.

researched

9.

initial

i.

first

10.

amassed

j.

collected

11

maintain

k

keep

12

greener

l

less polluting

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

‘PC World’ magazine said Page

a.

was top of their list

2

Page is the world’s

b.

fourth youngest billionaire

3.

artificial

c.

intelligence

4.

he sold to Yahoo! for half

d.

a billion dollars

5.

the prestigious

e.

Stanford University

6.

the best advice

f.

he ever received

7.

the mathematical processes

g.

behind the world wide web

8.

how different web pages were

h.

linked to each other

9.

stepping down as

i.

Google president

10.

developing greener,

j.

battery-powered cars

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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