This is another speaking topic for students. Click here to read the introduction to the series.
Students, remember, you can only speak English while you do this activity. Don’t speak your native language for at least one hour. You can do it!
Teachers, you can adapt these for lessons, or give them as homework.
Objectives: After the discussion, you should be able to technology
Materials: Six devices (for example, iPod, cell phone, remote control, camera, laptop, toaster, GPS, etc. They can be anything.) A computer with an internet connection would also help for the last activity.
Grammar: Imperatives, present simple questions
Listen and repeat these expressions.
|How’s that work?||Say this when you want to understand how something happens.|
|What’s that do?||Say this when you want to understand what something does.|
|First, you should…||Say this to explain how to start doing something.|
|Next, you should…||Say these to explain the middle steps of a process.|
|Now, you have to…|
|Finally, you…||Say this to explain how to finish a process.|
|First, you should get some bread.||Say these to explain how to make toast|
|Next, you should put the bread in the toaster.|
|Now, you have to wait a minute or two.|
|Then, you take the toast out of the toaster.|
|Finally, you put butter on the toast and enjoy!|
Vocabulary: device, first, next, now, then, finally
Vocabulary Practice Do a Google image search for each word and discuss the pictures with your partner. (You can also draw pictures of each word and discuss the pictures with your partner.)
Your Devices Look at your six devices. Answer the following questions about each device:
Describe how to use things Think of three devices. Write directions for how to use them (follow the toaster example). Share your directions with your partner
Answer Questions Discuss the following technology questions
Is technology important to you?
What are the most important technologies in the world?
Do you like learning how to use new things?
Do your parents like learning how to use new things?
Are people who play video games better with new technology? Why?
Are you good at explaining how to use technological devices?
Your Questions Now write five technology questions of your own. Discuss them with your partner
Web/Field Trip Go to a website or a store with lots of technological devices. Find ten things you want to buy and explain why you want to buy them