WF035 - Teenagers of the World United

Gap-fill exercise

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While the population of Europe and America is growing older , those in (DEVELOP) countries  are becoming younger. In the non-Western world, (PARTICULAR)  India, China and Brazil there is a new generation of teenagers (GROW) up. These young people’s  tastes are influencing (CONSUME) habits in our world today.

In terms of language , English is dominant throughout the world.  It is a way with which teenagers  across the world can communicate with each other and share a common culture. The (EXIST) of graffiti written in English in so many countries  is one example of this.

The (STRONG)  force in international youth culture today is pop music. It has a (UNIVERSE) appeal and is driven by pop music stations like MTV and others. They broadcast pop music to every corner of our planet, and while most of the music is English, kids from all over the world  learn to sing English too.



Youngsters these days can communicate  online with friends in (DISTANCE) places . In fact, a teenager in India may feel  they have more in common  with an Internet friend in Brazil than with other young people in their (NEIGHBOUR) . Young people around the globe are beginning  to hang around together on the Internet as they used to  on the street.

There may be a greater (READY)  to learn a foreign language  on the streets of cyberspace than in a normal classroom. More and more people are learning English from their friends  on the Internet  and it is not always  the same as the English they learn in school.

Tim Berners Lee , the British (INVENT)  of the World Wide Web, imagines the effect of the Internet  on a teenage boy : Google shows him  a random (SELECT)  of the hundreds of thousands of  people around the world whose (PREFER), for example,  in reading are similar to his own . He may live in a small town in the Netherlands  but he is right in the centre of a major trend. He feels he is (EXACT)  in tune with all of his (SEEN) friends.

Many companies say they are trying to create a youth  agenda to unite teenagers around the world.  Such an agenda includes an (AWARE)   of the global  environment  and human rights.  Benetton, for example,  says teenagers  do not always conform to the same style. Thus, those  who wear the “united colours of Benetton”  are encouraged to celebrate together their individual  and (CULTURE) difference.