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Part 1 – sample questions

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe a piece of technology that you find useful.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what you can do with it
  • how often you use it

and explain why you find it so useful

Part 3 – sample questions

  1. What are some of the main uses of technology for communication?
  2. Do you agree that some people use technology for communication too much?
  3. What differences are there between the attitudes of older and younger people to technology for communication?
  4. Do you think that the advance of technology has improved standards of education in schools?
  5. Would you agree that the rapid development of digital technology has had a positive impact on the world of work?
  6. Do you think that the rate of technological expansion will slow down in the years to come?

Useful Vocabulary

Uses of internet for communication

Advantages

Disadvantages

Technology and Education

Advantages

Technology and Work

Disadvantages

Useful linkers for giving reasons

Sample Answer

Do you think that the advance of technology has improved standards of education in schools?

I think the growth of the internet has had a major impact on current teaching methods and I’m sure general standards have improved as a result. I strongly believe that the motivation for both learning and teaching has increased because of the phenomenal amount of information now available to both students and teachers. On the other hand, due to a danger of information overload, some people may be put off using technology in the classroom, wishing for a return to more traditional methods.

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