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Conversation questions :

 Do you have a mobile phone / a computer / an mp3 / an mp4 / a digital camera...?

 How often do you use them?
 What are some good things about having a computer?
 What are some bad things about having a computer?
 Does having a computer make life more complicated or less complicated?
 What computer games have you played? Which are your favorites?
 Do you often use the Internet? Do you think our lives have been improved by the Internet?
 Do you use the Internet for fun or education?
 What are some of the ways the Internet can be used for entertainment?
 What are the sites you most commonly access? Do you like Youtube?
 Have you ever used a chat site? Have you ever used voice chat? What do you think about it?
 How do you think face to face communication differs from communication using computers?
 Would you like to go on a date with someone you meet on the Internet?
 Do you think that meeting people on the Internet is easier than meeting people face to face?
 Do you have a Myspace / Facebook / Bebo.... account? Have you got a blog?
 Would you buy products online?
 Many people download MP3 music without paying any money for it. Do you think that this is a problem?
 Do you think that some people spend too much time on the Internet and does this stop them from seeing
their friends? Why?
 What is your opinion about children playing violent video games or computer programs


Nouns Verbs Adjectives
 progress  to surf the web  virtual
 device  to escape  high-tech
 commodity  to socialize  time-saving ± time-
 laptop  to communicate consuming
 privacy  to interact  instant
 leisure  be connected to  convenient
 a craze  to make friends with  user-friendly
 opportunity  get to know  entertaining
 distance learning  to keep in touch  exciting ± dull / boring
 equipment  break down barriers  effective
 Internet connection  to share  available
  make life easier  cheap ± expensive
 P2P = peer-to -peer  improve  useful ± useless
 website  enable sb to ± prevent sb  indispensable ± superfluous
 identity theft from V-ing  trendy ± old-fashioned
 to move with the times  up-to-date ± obsolete
 to keep up the pace  fake = unreal
 do without  digital
 be fed up with sth / V-ing  remote
 cut sb off from  isolated
 to pretend to V  face-to-face
 online ± offline
 addicted to
 I'm crazy about computer games!
 I just can't live / do without my laptop!
 I'm fed up with people who spend all their time on the phone.
 What I like most is listening to the latest songs on Youtube

Essay topic:


Everyone agrees that we live in a high-tech world nowadays.
As far as I'm concerned, technology greatly improves our lives but there are of course inevitable drawbacks.
PROS To begin with, I think the most important advantage of high technology is that it improves our everyday life. My
favourite high-tech device is definitely the mobile phone. It's a wonderful device which enables us to keep in touch with our
friends and family regardless of the distance. The mobile allows us to make phone calls as well as send and receive messages.
Thanks to the mobile phone, we don't need to walk long distances to find a pay phone and this is particularly useful in case of
an emergency.
CONS However, mobiles have their drawbacks. Due to their proliferation people tend to talk more and more on the phone
and less face-to-face. This isolates people instead of bringing them closer.
Moreover mobiles are rather expensive. Teenagers spend most of their pocket money on phone bills.
To conclude, it is rather difficult to ignore both the pros and the cons of mobile phones but in my opinion, the advantages of
these modern devices outnumber their drawbacks. I wouldn't give up my mobile phone, it's too convenient!