24 avril 2006

reading comprehension: television.

Think it over- TV or not TV?

Today there is a television set in almost every house.In some countries, you can choose among as many as 400 different channels.Some broadcast only a single type of programme-news, sports, music, theater, or movies; but most show a variety of programmes, giving viewers a wide range of entertainment.In a country a recent survey indicated that the average person spends three and a half hours a day watching television.Houswives were the largest group of viewers, spending about five hours watching TV.

For families with children, a major problem is getting the children away from the television to do their homework.What impact, then does television have on people' s lives? To find out, an unusual experiment was carried out recently.Forty-four families were asked to disconnect their televison sets for one month.The families were studied to see how their lives were affected by the absence of TV during this period.

Some parents were glad to end the daily struggle among family members to decide what programmes to watch.In some households, the family went to bed earlier.Family members found other things   to do , such as reading or playing volleyball.Fathers found taht they had more time to talk and play games without television.Dinner times were more relaxed without the pressure of TV.

On the other hand, some families said they greatly missed their favourite programme.Fathers in some families without televison started gambling, and others began to drink heavily.Chlidren found they had nothing to talk about at school and could no longer busy themselves at home.Several mothers found they had less to talk about with their young children.

At the end of the experiment, most of the families wanted to have a televison back in their homes.But they said that in the future they would watch only certain programmes, and not allow their lives to be governed by television.

Comprehension:

1- find in the text the synonymes of:

-Study=....................  -Effect=....................... -Happy.=................... - Fight=.....................

2- What are the negative effects of the absence of TV on some fathers and children?

     a- The negative effects on some fathers:........................................................................

    b- The negative effects on some children:.......................................................................

3- Are these sentences true or false? justify.

    a- According to the survey housewives were too busy to watch TV?

        .............................................................................................................................

    b- The end of the experiment showed that TV was worthless.

        ..............................................................................................................................

T.Bouchra 2006

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