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Technology – Heading towards another big revolution!

Dear fellow teachers and educators,

5G TECHNOLOGY IS COMING OUR WAY AND BRINGING ALONG MANY CHANGES! Here´s a timely Listening Comprehension Activity meant for B2/C1 level students that briefly explains the concept of IoT – Internet of Things. Another aspect explored here is 3D PRINTING, which is bound to change many industries as we know them. Enjoy!


Dialogue comprehension – True, False or I don´t know?

  1. Both Jake and Howard are excited about the impact of technology in the workplace. True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___
  2. According to the dialogue 3D printing will probably not affect businesses and medicine that much . True ___ False ___ I don´t know _
  3. Howard thinks technology is making people´s lives harder. True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___
  4. Jake goes to work by taxi every day. True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___

Find words or expressions in the dialogue that mean the same as:

  1. Small electronic devices or appliances: _______________________________
  2. Huge; very large in amount or degree: ______________________________
  3. Science fiction: __________________________
  4. At some future time: ___________________
  5. An application (computer program) especially one designed for a mobile device. ___
  6. You are right; that’s true (to agree with a statement):_______________________
  7. The process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model: ____
  8. Very clever; innovative: __________________________________
  9. Certain or destined to: ______________________________
  10. Moving toward: ______________________________

Business vocabulary & expressions – Match the words and expressions below to the definitions.

TREND          SILICON VALLEY             GEEK           CUTTING-EDGE

FLASH DRIVE            START-UP             HACKER                 TABLET

a. A small device used to store digital data. _______
b. Extremely modern and advanced. _______
c. A computer programmer who uses his skills to gain illegal access to a computer network in order to steal, change or destroy information: _____
d. Prevailing tendency. _______
e. A type of lightweight portable computer. ______
f. A new business that has just been started. _______
g. A region in California well-known for its concentration of high-tech industries. _____
h. An expert in a technical field, esp. computers. _______

Gap filling 

          GEEK             FLASH DRIVE          TABLET           SILICON VALLEY              

          HACKER             TREND             CUTTING-EDGE           START-UP                        

  1. “I´m sure our visitors will love our high-tech plant and the ______________ technology of our machines.”, said Brian to a coworker.
  2. “When it comes to business, keeping updated on the latest market ___________ is crucial.” , Walter told Jim.
  3. “We´ve been invited to visit a high-tech company in ________________ next week. I´m really excited about it.”, said Josh to a friend.
  4. “How long do you think it will take that ______________ to break even?”, Frank asked Elizabeth.
  5. “Hey Charlie, do you know any ____________ who might be able to help me out with this new computer system?”, Jeff asked Roy.
  6. “We´d better back up all these files. Can you pass me that ____________ please?”, Roger asked a coworker.
  7. “This new ______________ is likely to do well in the gadget market.” said Hank to a coworker.
  8. “Apparently a _____________ broke into the company´s computer system and altered some of the information. They´re still trying to figure out what happened.”, Rachel told a friend.

Listen & Write & Answer – Write the questions you listen to and then choose the right answer.

  1. _________________________________________________?

a. That´s right. You can get high-speed internet here.
b. There must be one. Let´s check again.
c. It´s greatbreakcafe 123.
d. I think we might be able to break the code.

  1. _________________________________________________?

a. I don´t think that would really be necessary.
b. Uh, sorry! I may have done that by mistake.
c. That´s the storage capacity I guess.
d. Just cross that name out and it will be okay.

  1. _________________________________________________?

a. Not really. The digital version will do.
b. I´d appreciate if you could e-mail that spreadsheet to me later.
c. Sorry, I´m running out of ink.
d. I think you forgot to attach the document.

  1. _________________________________________________?

a. It seems like it´s the new trend.
b. I think it´s time for an upgrade.
c. I really need to catch up on my reading.
d. I´m sure it will. I think it will be a hit with the young crowd.


Jake: Man, it´s amazing how technology is changing the way we do business. These are really exciting times!
Howard: You can say that again. I find it hard to keep up with all the new gadgets and apps that are popping up all the time now.
Jake: I know! You just reminded of the taxi driver I talked to the other day. I was really surprised when he told me most of his passengers now contact him through an app. From what he told me it seems to be a very ingenious and helpful one.
Howard: Yeah, there are apps for just about anything now. They are making people´s lives easier in many ways. Now, something else that´s really cool is 3D printing.
Jake: I agree. I think the impact of 3D printing on our daily lives will be massive. Can you imagine being able to print objects in the comfort of your home?
Howard: Yeah, it´s crazy!  3D printing is bound to change many industries as we know them. Take the automobile industry for example. Medicine will also benefit greatly from 3D printing. I read an article about it the other day. Researchers are already using three-dimensional printing to create models of the human heart so that doctors can use them to better help patients before an operation.
Jake: Wow, seems like we´re heading towards another big revolution!
Howard: We are in fact heading towards another technological stage. They´re calling it the Internet of Things.
Jake: The Internet of Things?
Howard: Yep, it´s a new concept that basically describes the trend that all devices, services and appliances will be someday interconnected.
Jake: Really? Sounds like a sci-fi movie.
Howard: I know, but I guess it will be real someday!

Referência: Talking Business – Autor: José Roberto A. Igreja,  Disal Editora

José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:

LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book  / Available on UICLAP as well


Let's Talk About It!: The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book (English Edition) por [Jose Roberto A. Igreja]

600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)

How do you say … in English?

Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)

What to say when …?

False Friends

English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)

Say it all in Brazilian Portuguese!

American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)