Think of as many words as possible related to the topic Think of as many words as possible related to the topic Inventions
Inventions TV Watch Steam Engine Board Games Electricity Satellites Microchips Robots Mobile Phone Telephone Computer Fax Machines Washing Machines Planes Spaceships
Answer the following questions: * Why do people invent new things? *What machines/ inventions are the most / least important in your life? Why? *Has technology reached its limit or do we still have a long way to go? *Can we say that inventions are wonders of our modern world? Useful phrases Expressing opinions I think (that) … I dont think… I dont really know (if)…. In my view / opinion, … To my mind / way of thinking, … From my point of view,.. As far as Im concerned, … Personally I think … As I see it… Agreeing Disagreeing - I completely agree with you. - Im afraid I disagree/ I cant agree - Thats exactly what I think. - I take/ see your point, but … - I can go along with that. - I agree to some extent, but …
The wonder (invention) AdvantagesDisadvantages II. Now you will hear three people giving their ideas of the wonders (inventions) of the modern world. Listen to them and fill in the table.
The wonder (invention) AdvantagesDisadvantages 1.The washing machine 2.the fax machine 3.planes (Jumbo jets) 4. the microchip, or the computer, the phone It has extended human freedom It enables you to communicate with people in a way that just couldnt contemplate some years ago It is incredible to be able to get almost anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours The ways we can communicate with each other, how much and how quickly We fill that free time with more washing All these machines are beginning to attack peoples free time. They never leave us alone.
To list advantages / disadvantages To add more points on a topic -One of the greatest advantages of … is… -What is more, … -Another -In addition to this,… -One other -Moreover -A further advantage / disadvantage of … is -Furthermore -The main -Besides, -The first To make contrasting points Nevertheless In spite of (the fact that) Despite (the fact that) Even if But While On the one hand …but on the other hand… On the other hand,… On the plus side, … However, for every plus there is a minus. Firstly,… Secondly,… And finally…
Do you think the impact of technological inventions has been positive or negative? Why?
Home assignment: Read the following statement. Do you agree or disagree? Prepare arguments to support your view. Technological inventions dont make our lives better. They simply create more products were expected to buy.