Monday, March 15, 2010

Reading Comprehension

What's the missing word in each blank? What helped you get the answer?

This news story was adapted from the site Breaking News English:

INTERNET ACCESS IS A HUMAN RIGHT

Most of the world’s Internet users ………… Internet access is a basic human right. This is according to a new poll conducted for the BBC. A survey of more than 27,000 adults in 26 different countries found four out of five people believed access to the World Wide Web was a right everyone in the world needs and should have. The chief of the International Telecommunication Union, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, told the BBC World Service: "The right to ……………… cannot be ignored. The Internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created." Dr. Toure believes online access should be available everywhere, …… roads and water. In some countries, this has already ………. Finland and Estonia have laws saying access is a human right.

The survey also showed how the Internet is quickly becoming a ……… part of our life, all across the world. Over 75 per cent of Japanese, Mexican and Russian people said they could not live without it. It is easy to see why. Almost everything we …… in our life today, from communication, study, work and leisure, needs the Internet. Without ……… to the Web, many people would feel helpless and powerless. Almost 80 per cent of those who took the survey believe the Web had a ……… impact, with nearly four fifths saying they have greater freedom. Other people were ……… about the dangers of using the Internet. One big surprise was that the majority of Germans felt it was not safe for them to …………… their opinions online.

To check the answers, click here.

What do you think: should Internet access be free to everyone?

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