Lesson 1 Video “The History of Communication”

Ex. 2 Read the text and answer the questions

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Ex. 2 Read the text and answer the questions:

- What are the main advantages of email?

- How does the text compare emails to phone calls and to traditional letters?

It once seemed that the telephone had made writing to people, and especially to friends, unnecessary. Email has allowed us to find its benefits again. Phone calls are intrusive; they always interrupt something, even if it is only thought. Email, like the letter, has better manners. It respects the demands of more urgent business and allows for differences in time zones. It waits to be read in a so-called ‘mailbox’. Emails are usually more informal than letters – they allow writers to put down present thoughts and even changes of mind. This informality also means that it seems OK to write a two-line message to someone on another continent, or to send a joke or an unimportant piece of gossip to someone in the next office

Ex. 3 Study the useful phrases and notations and insert the gaps in Mark’s e-mail.


Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Mr Murphy / Mrs White / Ms Black / Miss Green

Dear Andrea


Yours faithfully

Yours sincerely

Best wishes/Best regards/Yours

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