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ESL Technology Discussion Questions

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

Technology is part of most people's daily lives. Therefore, this lesson's questions about technology can get students very engaged while they practice oral or writing skills.

Easy to Engage Students

These days, people can hardly imagine their lives without a cell phone, a computer, etc. So it shouldn't be difficult to engage your students in discussions about technology. You can probably get students talking with a simple introductory question:

  • How would your life be if all technology no longer worked?

After students give their answers, they can answer any of the questions in this lesson through oral discussion or in writing. You, as the teacher, can decide which skill you prefer your students to practice.

Each activity in this lesson includes an introduction you can use to stimulate students' interest. After students answer each discussion question, they can compare their answers and discuss them.

Your Life Without Your Phone

Paint a hypothetical situation of cell phones no longer working. For example, there is a major global failure that destroys all cell phones' reception devices. It can take a while before the situation is restored. The question for this activity is:

  • How would your daily life change if cell phones no longer worked? Describe some situations when you use your cell phone and how you would deal with them in the absence of a cell phone.

After Computer Hours

Ask your students about the number of hours they spend in front of a computer, whether that is for fun, learning, social networking, etc. The question for this activity is:

  • How do you usually feel after spending a few hours in front of your computer? Describe both your mental and physical state and include why you think you feel that way.

Good and Bad Uses of Technology

Present this quote by Steve Jobs to your students: Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.

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