Digital Native is a content-based language course for communications students. The book is divided thematically by argument, from innovations in the entertainment industry, such as streaming television, to Apple, file sharing and the broadband revolution. Current debates relating to media studies are investigated through the use of authentic texts, which deal with such up to date issues as the YouTube generation, online censorship and the future of telephony. For each topic there are introductory vocabulary exercises, using authentic media language, followed by a recent case study.The objective is to involve the student with intrinsically motivating real life materials. The articles featured in this book are not simplified versions adapted for language students. They are the original texts, the same articles that are being read by journalists and communications students in the English-speaking world.These case studies are exploited with task-based learning exercises to help the student develop sound reading strategies. Each article is accompanied by a series of pre-reading exercises, from basic comprehension questions to more involved analysis. This task-based approach gives the student a real reason for reading.Digital Native combines this study of the language of 21st century communications with a systematic revision of the essentials of English grammar, while the accompanying CD Rom offers a vast array of supplementary materials, giving the student the opportunity to consolidate the work done in the classroom at home, with a mix of listening exercises, reading texts, and additional interactive exercises. Phonology is also dealt with in detail on the CD Rom.
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