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.
Artificial intelligence is now a part of everyday life. This is a vocabulary/listening/speaking exploring ideas about AI apps that people use everyday.
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This is a fairly elementary gerunds and infinitives listening/speaking activity. It’s also a pretty good fluency exercise or review as gerunds and infinitives are so commonly used in everyday speech.
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.
Computing expressions listening/speaking and vocabulary exercise. Students listen to the audio and match the vocabulary to the pictures.
This is a listening/speaking exercise for verbs and computers (or technology) . Students listen to the audio and match the verbs (or sentences) to the appropriate pictures.
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This is an English language discussion and brainstorming exercise for the benefits of robotics and automation. Students use the pictures to give them ideas .
This is an exercise for verbs and computers. Students match the verbs to the appropriate pictures and then write short sentences for the actions taking place in each picture.
This is an ESL writing exercise for for some common words used for discussing the internet. Students try to make sentences about the pictures using the words under the pictures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is an English language exercise for brainstorming the disadvantages of robotics and automation. Students use the pictures to give them ideas .
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:
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.
An English language speaking worksheet for generating discussion about the internet and social trends. Students write the benefits/disadvantages of each issue on the worksheet.
This is another worksheet that can be used to get students talking about technology in contemporary society. Students need to think of a positive and negative for each issue.