Thursday 6 December 2012

How much does the internet weigh?

You are going to
  • watch a video about the internet and answer some questions
  • look at an infographic and do a multiple choice exercise
  • practise the language of trends and graphs

1) Discuss
  • What do you know about the internet?
  • How many people in the world use it now?
  • What do you think are are the most popular online activities?
  • How much does the internet weigh?

Watch the video and find out.

2) Practise
Now do this True / False exercise on the information in the video clip

What do you think is the most "mind blowing" fact in the clip?

3) Read
Look at this infographic. What does it show?

Engineering The Internet

infographic by

Look at the infographic again and do the multiple choice and matching exercises below.
1) Gap-fill

2) Matching exercise. Relative clauses - who / which / that

Printable exercises here

4) Practise
Look at the presentation below.
What language do you know for describing graphs and bar charts?

                  IELTS Task 1 vocab from David Mainwood

5) Write (IELTS)
Try this IELTS academic task 1 writing question on computer ownership.

The graphs above give information about computer ownership as a percentage of the population between 2002 and 2010, and by level of education for the years 2002 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Go here for excellent advice on how to plan and write an IELTS academic task 1 writing question

Dominic Cole's IELTS and Beyond

More IELTS task 1 vocabulary

Are you addicted to the internet? Take the test

Will the internet become conscious?

More All Time 10s

Why not try this?


  1. Very interesting! Really good activities
    Thank you very much!

  2. Thanks Delia! Glad you liked it!

  3. Congratulations for your job !

  4. hi

    another great lesson, i used recently, thanks!

    there is a typo in Q6 - not


    1. Thanks for the comment! Typo fixed!