BUSINESS ENGLISH LESSON PLAN:

Google to Offer Free 5GB of Cloud Space

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Grade

Level:

BUSINESSENGLISH FOR ESL & SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH

Subject:

ESL INSTRUCTION & BUSNIESS ENGLISH FOR THE INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED CLASSROOM

Prepared By:

FOREIGN INSTRUCTOR OF ESL. DATE: May 18, 2012

LESSON NAME: GOOGLE TO OFFER FREE 5GB OF CLOUD SPACE



Overview & Purpose


Today we are going to use a lesson plan previously taught in Shanghai, China. The plan is to elicit daily conversation about the concept of cloud space while eliciting effective dialogue between South Korean students.


The students will learn about to speak English more effectively. This will be useful in establishing proper pronunciation.





Education Standards Addressed


What state/county education standards that this lesson satisfies.















Lesson Plan Objectives

Teacher Guide

Student Guide

Materials & Notes

Objectives

(Specify skills/information that will be learned.)


  • BUSINESS LEARNERS OF ENGLISH WILL LEARN ABOUT AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PRACTICES WHILE UPDATING THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT BUSINESS AFFAIRS

  • BUSINESS LEARNERS WILL DISCUSS WHAT A CLOUD SPACE IS

  • WHILE DISCUSSING CURRENT EVENTS ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE BUSINESS LEARNERS WILL DISCUSS THE GOOGLE CONGLOMERATE AND THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT ITS OFFER OF 5GB OF CLOUD SPACE

  • STUDENTS WILL COMPARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF BUSINESS INFORMATION STORAGE

  • BUSINESS LEARNERS WILL DISCUSS OTHERS FORMS OF EXTERNAL BUSINESS STORAGE

  • STUDENTS WILL SPEAK ALOUD ABOUT CULTURAL RULES AT THE BEACHES IN THE USA AND THAI BEACHES

  • STUDENTS WILL DISCUSS BEACH WEAR

  • STUDENTS WILL DISCUSS GAMES & SPORTS PLAYED ON VARIOUS BEACHES

  • STUDENTS WILL DISCUSS TRAVELS TO FOREIGN BEACHES, IF APPLICABLE


FORMAT OF THE LESSON PLAN:



  • WELCOME STUDENTS

  • PRESENT ICE-BREAKER CONVERSATIONS

  • WRITE ON THE WHITEBOARD: “GOOGLE TO OFFER FREE 5GB CLOUD SPACE”

  • SINGLE OUT ONE STUDENT TO RECITE HIS/HER DEFINITION OF “CLOUD SPACE” TO THE CLASS

  • PASS OUT WORKSHEETS

  • DISCUSS WHAT “LINKING” IS AND HOW THE TEACHER WILL BE LISTENING FOR PROPER ENUNCIATION DURING PRONUNCIATION

  • DIVIDE STUDENTS INTO PAIRS TO WORK ON WORKSHEETS FOR 10 MINUTES

  • HAVE STUDENTS STAND BEFORE THE CLASS AND RECITE THEIR 10-MINUTE EVALUATION OF THEIR SURVEY RESULTS

PHOTOS OF “CLOUD SPACE” (to be used for discussion)




Materials Needed


  • MARKERS

  • WHITEBOARD

  • LAPTOP w/VIDEO

  • PENCILS & PENS

  • CLOUD SPACE LIST

  • USA CULTURE DVD

  • USA HISTORICAL DVD ON “GOOGLE THE SEARCH ENGINE”

  • USA NEWS MEDIA ON “THE GOOGLE BOYS, THE YAHOO BOYS, AND MARK ZUCKENBURG”

  • ARTICLE/”GOOGLE TO OFFER FREE 5GB OF CLOUD SPACE”, (25th April, 2012)

  • POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON “WHAT IS CLOUD SPACE”

  • GOOGLE TO OFFER FREE 5GB OF CLOUD SPACE” Q&A HANDOUT

  • GOOGLE “VIDEO CHAT” LIST FOR DISCUSSION

  • GROUP OF PHOTOS ILLUSTRATING GOOGLE AND OTHER TOP COMPANIES & CONGLOMERATES AND THEIR ENTRIES INTO THE CLOUD SPACE MARKET

Information

(Give and/or demonstrate necessary information)


Articles & worksheets used were from Breaking News English and Google To Offer Free 5GB Of Cloud Space (25th April, 2012)

Their were no textbooks offered in this lesson and students will be able to freely associate valued talk-time with their current knowledge of the news media

Verification

(Steps to check for student understanding)


Verification: Check for student understanding at these checkpoints: 1) after pronunciation, 2) after reciting topic words and 3) at recapping the lesson

Students must verify their knowledge of the lesson by passing the ORAL EXAMINATION at the end of the lesson.

Other Resources

(e.g. Web, books, etc.)


ESL FUN PODCAST – LEARNING ENGLISH THE FUN WAY

Activity

(Describe the independent activity to reinforce this lesson)



STUDENTS WILL TAKE HOME & READ, Google To Offer Free 5GB Of Cloud Space (25th April, 2012)


EXTRA VIDEOS FOR THE NEXT SESSON: USA's “APPLE's iCLOUD AND MICROSOFT's SKYDRIVE” SERIES

Summary

(Summarize the lesson in the next grid)

GOOGLE'S 5GB OF CLOUD SPACE IS FREE.

STUDENTS WERE FASCINATED OVER THE IDEA OF CLOUD SPACE BUT ALSO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT LOSING COMPUTER DATA IS NOW A THING OF THE PAST

Additional Notes



Google has entered the market for offering online storage space. Their new service, called Google Drive, will be in direct competition with rival cloud storage services like Dropbox, Apple's iCloud and Microsoft's SkyDrive. The search giant will offer 5GB (gigabytes) of storage for free for those wishing to keep their photos, documents and other files online. Keeping things in the cloud means users can access their files from any computer anywhere in the world, as long as it has Internet access. At the top end, Google will offer 16TB (terabytes) of space – at a price of $799.99 a month. Sixteen terabytes is sufficient to store 16,000 movies. For most people, the free 5GB option will be more than enough space.



Part 1 – PRESENTATION

(10 MINUTES)

(warmup & ice breakers to elicit student talk)



Business Conversations Review: Preparing to Pick up a Colleague at the Airport:

In this lesson we will have a quick review from the previous week with a ''play-on-words” and discuss with our business speakers of English Google's Cloud Space. (specifically while introducing yourself to other business professionals or colleagues before arriving at the airport).

Example Dialog 1:



FLIGHT TRAVELER #ONE: I am flying in next Sunday and was wondering if you might be able to pick me up at the airport.
FLIGHT TRAVELER # 2: I can pick you up. What time does your flight arrive?
FLIGHT TRAVELER #ONE: My flight arrives at 3:00 in the afternoon.
FLIGHT TRAVELER # 2: I think if I am at the curb at 3:30, that would allow you time to pick up your luggage. How does that sound?
FLIGHT TRAVELER #ONE: I think that would work out well, but what if the plane is late?
FLIGHT TRAVELER # 2: I can call the airline, and they will tell me if the flight is delayed.
FLIGHT TRAVELER #ONE: I am going to carry my cell phone so I can call you.
FLIGHT TRAVELER # 2: Yes, that would help us find each other at the airport.
FLIGHT TRAVELER #ONE: If you find that you have to make other plans, I can always book a Super Shuttle to pick me up.
FLIGHT TRAVELER # 2: You don't have to take a Super Shuttle. I'll be there.


Part 2 – PRESENTATION & GROUP WORK

(15 MINUTES)


Let's Learn About Cloud Space: Introducing Cloud Space:

Aim: Discussion, explaining, reasoning, agreeing and disagreeing

Activity: Cloud Space – Why is Google Offering it? Discussion of pros and cons of receiving 5GB of Cloud Space

Level: Upper intermediate to advanced

Outline:

  • Split students into two groups – group one representatives of 'Let's Begin Using Cloud Space', a computer development company. The other group representatives - the clients of your computer firm, are in opposition to the plans of 'Let's Begin Using Cloud Space'.

  • Give each student a copy of one of the discussion notes.

  • Ask students if they have any questions on the explanatory notes.

  • Give students fifteen minutes to prepare for the discussion in their groups. Students should discuss the points mentioned and any other points they may come up with in their groups.

  • Circulate around the classroom helping students and taking notes on common language problems.

  • Have students get back together and try to convince you (or another chosen group of students) of their reasoning.

  • Begin the activity follow-up by going over some of the more common mistakes made by students.

  • Finish the activity as a class by asking each student to choose one reason either for or against the project. Each student should then discuss one of the points in front of the rest of the class. Ask other students to comment on the arguments presented.



PRATICE #1

(15 MINUTES)


Activity #2 (eliciting)

(walk around the room & ask students:


  1. First Question: Why is online storage called, “cloud space?”

  2. Second Question: When you think of cloud space what comes to mind?

  3. Third Question: Why is Google offering free 5GB of cloud space?



WARM-UPS

1. ONLINE STORAGE: Walk around the class and talk to other students about online storage. Change partners often. Sit with your first partner(s) and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring.

 

entered the market / online storage / rival / giant / access files / enough space / important step / collaborate / seamlessly / shake it up / acquisitions / game-changers

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. STORAGE: How best can we store things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners and share what you wrote. Change and share again.

 

How best to store them?

Pros and cons

Digital photos

 

 

Paper photos

 

 

Books

 

 

Music

 

 

Passport

 

 

Memories

 

 

4. CLOUD: Students A strongly believe the cloud is the best thing to happen to storing digital photos, music, movies, documents, etc.; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

5. DATA: What's most important to you? Rank these and share your rankings with your partner. Put the most important at the top. Change partners and share your rankings again.

  • music

  • photos

  • games

  • documents

  • passwords

  • apps

  • movies / videos

  • e-mails

6. RIVAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word 'rival'. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.



PRODUCTION

(10 MINUTES)



Activity #3


Your Town, The Next Tourist Paradise?

A company called 'let's Do Tourism' is panning to invest a large amount of money to turn your town into a major center for tourists. They have made plans to manufacture a number of hotels and other tourist infrastructure in your town. As well as the hotels, they have also made plans to radically improve the night life in your town by opening a string of clubs and bars. They hope that by the year 2004 your town will be a major competitor within the tourist industry in your country.

Group 1

You are representatives of 'Let's Do Tourism' your aim is to promote the plans of your company and to convince me that tourism is the best solutions for your city. points to concentrate on:

  • The increase in jobs that will come with the increase in investment.

  • They money that the tourists will bring into the local economy

  • The progress and development of your city which will result in it becoming more important with not only your region, but also your country as well.

  • Better for the young people of your city as there will be much more investment in leisure industries.

Group 2

You are the representatives of the residents of your city and are in opposition to the plans of 'Let's Do tourism'. Your aim is to convince me that this is a bad idea for your town. Points to consider:

  • Environmental issues - tourists = pollution

  • Troublemakers - many tourists have no respect for the places they visit and are only interested in getting drunk and causing trouble.

  • The rise in tourism will bring about radical changes and will result in the traditional way of life in your town being lost. Perhaps forever.

  • Rather than promoting the position of your city in your country, this move will make your city the laughing stock of your country.


PAIR WORK

(extra pairing of ideas)

(10 MINUTES)


    1) Students will pair-off and talk amongst themselves using these topic words:


entered the market / online storage / rival / giant / access files / enough space / important step / collaborate / seamlessly / shake it up / acquisitions / game-changers


The students are called individually to the front of the class to recite either of the two short paragraphs on Worksheets #2 and #3.



Activity #5


PAIR WORKSHEETS


    1) Ask if there are any questions over the material introduced thus far

    2) Discuss the worksheets below & complete worksheet #1 together with the class

    3) Assign worksheets #2 & #3 for HOMEWORK




Conclusion


The speakers of English reviewed business conversations in preparation for having dialogue with new business partners. The speakers of English learned the values of Google's Cloud Space and further analyzed why it is important to have Cloud Storage for computer data. The speakers of English also had a mock group debate over bringing tourism to their city.










WORKSHEET # 1 (Worksheets provided by: Breaking News English & Sean Banville)


BEFORE READING / LISTENING


1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if  a-h  below are true (T) or false (F).

a.

Google's new product is called Drive In The Cloud.

T / F

b.

The new product will not be a rival for Apple's iCloud service.

T / F

c.

People will be able to buy 16TB (terabytes) of storage space.

T / F

d.

The article says 5GB (gigabytes) is not enough for most people.

T / F

e.

A Google executive said the new service was important to the firm.

T / F

f.

Experts believe Google's product will not change the market.

T / F

g.

An analyst said Facebook might now enter the online storage market.

T / F

h.

The analyst said things could change if Facebook bought Dropbox.

T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

1.

rival

a.

irrespective of

2

offer

b.

enough

3.

wishing

c.

provide

4.

access

d.

purchase

5.

sufficient

e.

adversary

6.

collaborate

f.

encourage

7.

regardless of

g.

went on to say

8.

prompt

h.

retrieve

9.

acquisition

i.

join forces

10.

added

j.

wanting

3. PHRASE MATCH:  (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

1.

Google has entered

a.

for the company

2

in direct competition with rival

b.

insiders

3.

search

c.

enough space

4.

Keeping things

d.

of which device

5.

more than

e.

cloud storage services

6.

an important step

f.

into action

7.

regardless

g.

the market

8.

industry

h.

in the cloud

9.

stir Facebook

i.

acquisition

10.

this may prompt it into an

j.

giant

 



WORKSHEET # 2

 WHILE READING / LISTENING

GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.

LISTENING – Listen and fill in the gaps


Google has entered the market ___________________ storage space. Their new service, called Google Drive, will be ___________________ with rival cloud storage services like Dropbox, Apple's iCloud and Microsoft's SkyDrive. The ___________________ offer 5GB (gigabytes) of

storage for free for those wishing to keep their photos, documents and other files online. Keeping things in the cloud means users can access their files from any computer anywhere in the world, ___________________ Internet access. At the top end, Google will offer 16TB

(terabytes) of space – at a price of $799.99 a month. Sixteen terabytes is ___________________ 16,000 movies. For most people, the free 5GB option will be ___________________ space. Google senior vice-president of apps Sundar Pichai said the launch of Drive

was ___________________ for the company. He wrote on a blog post: "Drive is a central place where you can create, share, ___________________ all of your stuff.…You can take all your data, regardless of which device you're on, and make it ___________________ to you.

" Some industry insiders believe Google's entry into the cloud storage market ___________________. Richard Edwards, an analyst at the research firm Ovum, said Google's ___________________ Facebook into action. "Facebook doesn't have a cloud service but this may prompt it

___________________," he said. He added: "If Facebook was to buy Dropbox, that would be a game-changer."



WORKSHEET # 3

WHILE READING / LISTENING






Google has (1) ____________ the market for offering online (2) ____________ space. Their new service, called Google Drive, will be in (3) ____________ competition with rival cloud storage services like Dropbox, Apple's iCloud and Microsoft's SkyDrive. The search (4) ____________ will offer 5GB (gigabytes) of storage for free for those (5) ____________ to keep their photos, documents and other files online. Keeping things in the cloud means users can (6) ____________ their files from any computer anywhere in the world, as long as it has Internet access. At the top end, Google will offer 16TB (terabytes) of space – at a price of $799.99 a month. Sixteen terabytes is (7) ____________ to store 16,000 movies. For most people, the free 5GB (8) ____________ will be more than enough space.

 

 

 

access
entered
sufficient
direct
storage
wishing
option
giant

Google senior vice-president of (9) ____________ Sundar Pichai said the launch of Drive was an important step for the company. He wrote on a blog post: "Drive is a (10) ____________ place where you can create, share, collaborate and keep all of your stuff.…You can take all your data, (11) ____________ of which device you're on, and make it (12) ____________ available to you." Some industry insiders believe Google's entry into the cloud storage market could (13) ____________ it up. Richard Edwards, an analyst at the research firm Ovum, said Google's move could (14) ____________ Facebook into action. "Facebook doesn't have a cloud service but this may prompt it into an (15) ____________," he said. He added: "If Facebook was to buy Dropbox, that would be a (16) ____________ -changer."



Google To Offer Free 5GB Of Cloud Space (25th April, 2012)

Google has entered the market for offering online storage space. Their new service, called Google Drive, will be in direct competition with rival cloud storage services like Dropbox, Apple's iCloud and Microsoft's SkyDrive. The search giant will offer 5GB (gigabytes) of storage for free for those wishing to keep their photos, documents and other files online. Keeping things in the cloud means users can access their files from any computer anywhere in the world, as long as it has Internet access. At the top end, Google will offer 16TB (terabytes) of space – at a price of $799.99 a month. Sixteen terabytes is sufficient to store 16,000 movies. For most people, the free 5GB option will be more than enough space.

Google senior vice-president of apps Sundar Pichai said the launch of Drive was an important step for the company. He wrote on a blog post: "Drive is a central place where you can create, share, collaborate and keep all of your stuff.…You can take all your data, regardless of which device you're on, and make it seamlessly available to you." Some industry insiders believe Google's entry into the cloud storage market could shake it up. Richard Edwards, an analyst at the research firm Ovum, said Google's move could stir Facebook into action. "Facebook doesn't have a cloud service but this may prompt it into an acquisition," he said. He added: "If Facebook was to buy Dropbox, that would be a game-changer."

 

 

regardless
game
apps
central
shake
acquisition
seamlessly
stir

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words 'rival' and 'cloud'.

rival

cloud

 

 

 

2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. 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. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

  • entered

  • giant

  • keep

  • long

  • price

  • enough

  • step

  • share

  • regardless

  • shake

  • action

  • game




ONLINE STORAGE SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about online storage in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 



BOARDWORK