In this lesson, students learn and practise advanced collocations, watch a video about cybersecurity and talk about cybercrime.
In the warm-up activity, students discuss how dangerous some phenomena (e.g. economic downturn, cybercrime, nepotism) are for small businesses. Then, they need to complete some advanced collocations by matching verbs and nouns (e.g. brace for/fend off cyberattacks, safeguard a/tap into a company’s security system, sneak past/break through anti-malware software). Students also have to read some sentences and decide whether they are true or false. The sentences contain the advanced collocations from the previous task, and test students’ understanding thereof. Next, students discuss some questions about cybersecurity. In the final task of this part of the lesson, students read five short texts from a Forbes report and complete them using the advanced collocations. They also need to match the texts with the questions they discussed previously.
VIDEO AND DISCUSSION
Students do a short quiz about cybersecurity. The quiz contains some cybercrime vocabulary (e.g. spoofing, clickjacking, ransomware). Then, students watch the first part of the video and check their answers to the quiz questions. While watching the second part, students need to note down some tips on how small businesses can protect themselves from cyberattacks. After that, they read some sentences from the video and decide what the words in bold mean (e.g. succumb to, masquerades as, benign) using the provided context. Finally, students do an extended speaking activity. They have to discuss some questions about cybersecurity and data breaches. They also talk about the role of the private companies and government in securing cyberspace, and discuss which emerging technologies we should worry about most when it comes to cybersecurity. While doing the task, students can use the advanced collocations they learned in the first part of the lesson.
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