17 Captivating Computing, Technology and Innovation Vocabulary and Language Exercises
The vocabulary and language of computers, technology and associated topics such as the internet, automation, robotics and artificial intelligences is essential for English language learners and job seekers in the 21st century. It is much more interesting and engaging when common computing and technological expressions are taught with a variety of activities. These exercises include brainstorming, pictures, listening/speaking and discussion activities that increase students’ awareness of the effects and implications of new technologies which will unquestionably have a great impact on their careers and lives in general.
1 What’s it used for? (with audio and answers)
This is a listening/speaking exercise introducing language and expressions for describing contemporary technological devices used in everyday life . Students match the vocabulary to the pictures. Then they can listen to the audio and match a use or several uses to each item. Finally, they can complete the questions at the bottom with their own ideas and ask and answer the questions with a partner.
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2 Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is now a part of everyday life. This is a vocabulary/listening/speaking exploring ideas about AI apps that people use everyday.
This is an ESL speaking and writing lesson for talking about technology. First, students write five survey questions about technology . There are some examples of questions on the first page of the PDF. When they have written five questions , they can walk around the class asking classmates their questions and noting down their answers on the worksheet. Finally, they write a short report from their survey question answers. This is a fun communicative exercise that allows students to mix freely.
10 Rise of the robots and automation brainstorming and discussion worksheet (with answers)
This is an exercise to explore the vocabulary and language used to talk about new technology focusing on automation and robotics and encouraging discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of robots and automation.
11 Brainstorming benefits of mobile devices (with answers)
This is an English language speaking worksheet to help English language students brainstorm the benefits of smart phones, Ipads , tablets and other mobile devices .Students write down as many benefits as they can using the pictures and their own ideas.
12 Brainstorming disadvantages of mobile devices (with answers)
Another worksheet to help English language students brainstorm the disadvantages of mobile devices such as smart phones, Ipads and tablets. Students write down as many disadvantages as they can using the pictures and their own ideas
14 Talking about machines, products and services with adjectives (with answers)
This is a business English ESL exercise exploring language used to describe technology and products. Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures. Then they write sentences describing the products. The adjectives used to describe products are:
15 Writing opinions about automated and robotic technologies (with answers)
This is another worksheet that can be used to help students improve their writing skills and express their opinions about new technologies including driverless vehicles, smartphone payments and smart watches.