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Lang 2. High Tech Lifestyle

Lang 2. High Tech Lifestyle

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Published by Miquel-Àngel
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Published by: Miquel-Àngel on Apr 24, 2010
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Lang 2. High Tech lifeLang 2.1. Announcing a new device
3-4-5 levels 40-50 min.
 GOAL.
To learn some vocabulary features of high-tech language.
WARM-UPTASK 1
. Answer this quick survey on the presence of technology in our lives.I. How old are your high tech products? (i.e. 5 years, 1.5 years. 3-month, not yet)hand-held telephonePalm PDAdesk PCiPod (or likewise) DVD CDTV monitorportablePCaudio in carVideocamera TCT GPSII. Which ones have a presence in your classroom? …………………………………..……..III. Which ones have been learning tools for your English? …………………………………..……..
LANGUAGE STUDY.TASK 2.
Underline all high tech expressions in this narrative passage
I was a low tech person until ithappened. Probably the people toblame are two university teacherswho asked for a team-up assignmentwith an uncanny deadline. This wasabsolutely crazy and made us-students- hate in some ways theseteachers but, in my personal life hadthe side-effect of making Pablo and Ialmost a family, we spent a hugetime together that year 2001 and weeven borrowed personal expressionsand habits from each other, it was abitter, but sweet, experience :). This new cooperative environmentallowed me to admire PDAs, to findthem useful and even to think of purchasing one. What most amazedme was seen what could Pablo coulddo in his PDA. I can mention theseones: He had friends' addresses,notes and meetings and everythingwas synchronized with his DesktopPC at home (inside MS Outlook, thisis very important because you knowthat everything you write down inyour PDA is safely stored home so if you lose it or something you canever get the information back), hecould check the best way to arrivefrom a place to another one in manycities, he could check how to go froma city to another, he could play chessagainst his PDA I really liked this ;),he could read e-books, news andmore.So I decided to buy a Zire71, whichwas not a bad choice for the money Ihad at the moment, at the endhowever my strained parents gaveme the Palm Zire71 as a Christmaspresent before finishing my degree.However it was not until I began touse my own PDA that I realised thereal power of these machines. To begin with, to have a PDA in yourpocket is like to have a desktop PC inyour pocket, you can do almostanything you usually do in a desktopPC. The main uses in my Zire71were: reading ebooks, reading the
 
news, use of dictionaries (English-English, English-Spanish, Spanish-English, ..), use of calculator,listening to music (the onlydifference between a PDA and aniPod is that and iPod can carry onmore songs because they have abuilt in harddrive, but if you onlywant to take with you a few LPs aPDA can suit you), agenda, notes,addresses and phone numbers,Word, Excel and Access documents,programs to know how to arrive fromcity A to city B and more. To have allthese capabilities in your pocket isquite a difference and can makeone's life easier.
TASK 3.
This paragraph refers to a well known object.
You can also make personal notes next to B.O.O.K.text entries with an optional
program-ming tool
, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus, [...]
I. Can you relate this ‘
 programming tool’ 
to something in your classroom? What can it be? ………..II. Perhaps you can do it if you add the final item: (
a.k.a. P.E.N.C.I.L.S.
) where a.k.a. stands for ‘also known as’. Have a go: ……………………..
TASK 4.
Fill in the six following features using the words at the end:
1.
specific nouns: .........................................................................
2.
descriptive adjectives: .........................................................................
3.
use of passive: .........................................................................
4.
use of nominal adjectives: .........................................................................
5.
Acronyms: .........................................................................
6.
high-tech publicity phrases: ......................................................................... No wires / CD-ROM / compact device / technology / revolutionary breakthrough /nothing to be connected / BOOK, be switched on / Just lift its cover!batteries / Basic Orderly Organised Knowledge / circuits / portable
TASK 5
. This sentences are part of a paragraph in a tech mag. Put them in order.
a)An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session -even if the BOOK has been closed.b)The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.c)Conversely, numerous BOOKmarks can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants tostore numerous views at once.
 
d)Many come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selectedinformation for instant retrieval.e)BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used inBOOKs by various manufacturers.
right order: ….…+ ………+ …..… +………+ ..……

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