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Basic English for Computing Course


Unit 1: Everyday uses of computers
-Tuning-in
- Listening: Computer uses
- Reading: Computers in every life
-Language work: Articles
-Aids to communication
-Problem-solving
-Writing
Tuning-in : to adjust or use something
Task 1: Link these computer documents
with
- sales voucher (n) shops, supermarkets
- ORION Bank, United Bank bank, etc.
- Sky-king Airline (n) airport
Task 2:
Examples: offices, stations, stock markets
Task 3: Match these words to locations
New words: till (n), bar code (n)
Answers: a (2, 4) b (7,8) c (3,5) d (1,6)
Task 4: Listen & identify which places
Answer:
- Extract 1: at home (letters, games, bills)
- Extract 2: at a supermarket (bar code, sell,
customers)
- Extract 3: at a factory (washing machines,
refrigerators, wages)
- Extract 4: at a travel agent (ticket, seat on
flight, reserve hotel)
Task 5: Tick the computer uses
- New words: effect, groceries, generate,
maintain, inventory, advertisement, graphic,
terminal, schedule
Answers: hospital, shopping, television
advertising, banking, libraries, film-
making
Language work: Articles
- Indefinite articles: a, an
E.g.: I saw a nice laptop on the shop window.
- Definite articles: the
E.g.: The laptop I bought is really good.
- Read the notes in the book
Task 6:
- Countable Nouns: device, disk, drive,
monitor, mouse, soft ware
- Uncountable Nouns: capacity, data,
memory, speed
Task 7: Fill in the gaps with a / an or the
Answers: 1. a 2. the 3. 4.
5. the 6. 7. an 8. the
9. 10. the
Aids to communication: Read the notes
Task 8: Problem-solving
Answers: - Screen 1: an engineer ; designing
machine or tool ; rulers & pencils ; more
exactly and more beautiful
- Screen 2: a librarian ; searching
books ; library cards ; convenient
Task 9: Match the places & the computer use
Answers:
- Banks control our money.
- Factories control machines.
- Homes provide entertainment and
information
- Hospitals look after patient records and
medicines
- Shops calculate the bill
Task 10: Fill the gaps with the computer uses
Answers:
1. calculate the bills 2. control machines
3. hospitals 4. controls our money
5. provide entertainment and information
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Thats the end of Unit 1.
Welcome any questions

Unit 2: Types of computer
Map of the Unit
Tuning-in
Listening: Buying a computer 1
Reading: Types of computer
Language work: Comparison
Aids to communication
Problem-solving
Writing

Task 1: Match the names to the different types
Answers: 1.a 2.c 3.b
4.d 5.e 6.f
Task 2: Self answer
Task 3: Listening
Answer: 1. writing / games / Internet
2. sound / graphic / animation
Task 4:
Answer: multimedia notebook; sub notebook;
handheld; printer; modem
Task 5: multimedia notebook; printer; modem
Task 6: Answer the questions
1. micro computers or personal computers
(PCs)
2. sub notebook
3. notebook
4. mainframes
5. minicomputer
6. palmtop
7. mainframes
8. handheld or palmtop
Language work: Comparison (comparatives
and superlatives Review)
Task 7: Practice
1. lighter / heavier
2. largest / not smaller
3. more common / better
4. less powerful / less expensive
5. faster / cheaper
6. less powerful / expensive
Aids to communication: Read the note
Task 8: Problem-solving
1. laptop, notebook, sub notebook, handheld
2. personal computer, laptop
3. mainframes, minicomputer
4. personal computer
Task 9:
1. largest 2. most powerful
3. smaller 4. most common
5. less powerful 6. smaller
7. largest 8. smaller
9. smaller 10. smallest
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Thats the end of Unit 2.
Welcome any questions!
Unit 3: Parts of a computer
Map of the Unit
Tuning-in
Listening: Buying a computer 2
Reading: The motherboard
Language work: Making instructions
Problem-solving
Writing
Task 1: Label the components
Answers: 1.h 2.e 3.f 4.g 5.a
6.d 7.b 8.c
Task 2: Read the terms, using the Glossary
Task 3:
- processor megahertz (MHz)
- RAM gigabytes (GB)
- video memory gigabytes (GB)
- cache memory kilobytes (KB)
- hard disk gigabytes (GB)

Task 4: Match the components
Answers:
1. SIMMS 2. CPU
3. cache memory 4. Expansion slots
5. ROM
Task 5:
1. Remove the old motherboard
2. Add the processor
3. Add the memory. Dont touch the contacts
4. Fit the new motherboard
5. Put it back together
Language work: Read the note in the book
Task 6:
Answers: 1. put 2. start 3. select
4. click 5. Dont exit
6. Click
Task 7:
Answers: 1.d 2.c 3.e 4.b
5.a 6.f
Task 8:
Answers: a (keyboard) c (COM1)
e (parallel port) g (USB port)
Task 9: Practice as request
Unit 4: Keyboard and mouse
Map of the Unit
Tuning-in
Listening: The keyboard
Reading: The motherboard
Language work: Present simple
Problem-solving
Speaking
Writing
Task 1: Match the key abbreviations
Answers: 1.e 2.a 3.g 4.f
5.b 6.d 7.c
Task 2:
Answers: a) Function keys
b) Main keyboard
c) Editing keys
d) Numeric keypad
Task 3: Practice as requested
Task 4: Practice as requested
Task 5:
Answers: 1. left 2. ball 3. two
4. rolls 5. pad
Task 6: Practice as requested
Task 7:
1) (wrong) It moves the cursor up.
2) (wrong) It moves the cursor to the left
3) (wrong) It deletes a character.
4) (wrong) It prints the screen display.
5) (wrong) It moves the screen down.
6) (wrong) It has a fixed function.
7) (wrong) It gives you capital letters
Task 8: Problem-solving
1) This key moves the screen up.
2) This key moves the cursor to the right.
3) This key deletes the screen display.
4) This key moves the cursor down.
Task 9:
Answers: a) at b) forward slash
c) tilde d) colon
e) dot, stop f) underscore
Task 10: Practice as requested (following the
guidance from the teacher)
Task 11: Write a brief description of a
keyboard (yourself)
Unit 5: Interview: Student
Map of the Unit
Tuning-in
Listening
Language work: Wh-questions with the
Present simple
Writing
Computing words and abbreviations
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Task 1:
Answers:
1) The course is called GSVQ Level 3 in
Information Technology.
2) It lasts one year.
3) (Self answer)
Task 2:
Answers: - What is the course called?
- How long does it last?
Task 3:
Answers: 1. Fifteen
2. Three girls and twelve boys
Task 4: Answers
1) She starts each day at 9.00.
2) She finishes at 16.30.
3) Wendy Bright
4) K302
5) From 13.30 to 14.30
Task 5: Complete the blanks
- Mon (Period 2): Numeracy 3 / (Period 3):
- Tue (Period 1): Programming / (Period 3):
- Wednesday: (sometimes visit companies)
- Thu (Period 3): Computer hardware
- Fri (Period 1): Network / (Period 3): IT and
Business & Industry
Task 6: Answers
1) Communication 4
2) Study computer language like Pascal
3) Learn to use MS-Dos and packages like
databases
4) Sometimes visit companies
5) Find out all the different things inside
computer
6) Learn how computer works connected
together
7) Write a report (six pages long)
Task 7: Answers
1) All new students
2) Waiting Hall
3) Football
4) Organize discos
5) Work as a waitress in a hotel
6) No, she doesnt
Language work: Wh-questions with
present simple (Read the book)
Task 8: Make questions
1) What time do they start?
2) Where does she work?
3) What does Ms Murray teach?
4) How long do the classes last?
5) What does she do on Wednesday?
6) Where does she study?
7) How long does the course last?
8) What does she do after each visit?
9) What do the Student Union do?
10) How often does she work a week?
Task 9: Practice as requested
Task 10: Answers
1.f 2.d 3.b 4.e 5.a 6.h 7.c 8.g
Unit 6: Input devices
Map of the Unit
Tuning-in
Listening: Voice input
Reading: Input device
Language work: Functions
Problem-solving
Writing
______________
Task 1: Answers
a) touch screen b) tracker ball
c) barcode reader d) digital camera
e) microphone f) joystick
g) graphics tablet h) scanner
Task 2: Some uses of these devices
(Read the glossary)
Task 3: Answers (from left to right)
b e d a c
Task 4: Listening
Task 5: Answers
1) Joystick 2) Tracker ball
3) Light pen 4) Scanner
Language work: Function (read the book)
Task 6: Answers
1.f 2.a 3.b 4.g 5.e 6.d 7.c

Task 7: Practice as requested
Task 8: Answers
1) joystick 2) barcode reader
3) scanner 4) microphone
5) digital camera 6) voice input
7) keyboard
Task 9: Answers
1) download 2) computer 3) manipulate
4) print 5) web page 6) present
7) expensive 8) film 9) output
10) processing 11) better 12) scan
Unit 7: Output devices
Map of the Unit
Tuning- in
Listening: Printers
Reading: How to read a monitor ad
Language work: Giving advice
Problem-solving
Writing
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Task 1:
New words: workstation, copyholder, footrest
Answers: a.5 b.7 c.4 d.6 e.3
f.1 g.2
Task 2:
Answers:
- Dot matrix: slowest, cheapest
- Inkjet: running cost (more expensive than
laser)
- Laser: the best printer, price (twice as much
as inkjet)
Task 3: Practice as requested

Task 4: Answers (True or False)
1. False
2. False (the less space between dots, the
better the display)
3. True
4. True
5. False (the diagonal distance from one
corner to another)
6. True
7. False (also depend on aperture grill pitch,
resolution and the number of controls)
8. True
Task 5: Practice as requested
Language work: (Read the book)

Task 6: (Look at the picture & give advice)
Task 7: Answers
1. a dot matrix printer
2. a mono laser printer
3. a color laser printer
4. a inkjet printer
5. a color inkjet printer
Task 8: Answers
1. cheapest 2. quality 3. good
4. expensive 5. slowest 6. more 7. better
8. fastest 9. cheapest 10. most 11. good
12. slow 13. noisy 14. cheap