Technology (Adantages & disadvantages) / Life without technology
Upper-intermediate B2 level


In this lesson, students watch a short video about the future of technology and discuss the pros and cons of technology after working on the related functional language. Then they will use second conditional to talk about three things they would take on a desert island.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of advantages and disadvantages of technology

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review of language used for agreeing and disagreeing in the context of advantages and disadvantes of technology


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

SHOW the "Amazon Go" video. LET them watch and think about it. Ss watch a video about Amazon shops without shop assistants. SPEAK WITH YOUR PARTNERS, WHAT DID YOU SEE? The students speak about this technology and share their opinions. Then they share their opinions with the whole class.

Exposure/Matching activity/Useful language (8-10 minutes) • To review and practice functional language for agreement and disagreement

MATCH THESE EXPRESSIONS WITH THE RIGHT HEADING AND SORT THEM FROM THE MOST FORMAL TO THE MOST INFORMAL. Ss work in groups and match the expressions of agreement and disagreement with two headings "Agree", and "Disagree" and put them in the correct order from the most formal to the most informal. GO AROUND AND CHECK THE OTHER ANSWERS Then they quickly go around the class to check the other answers. PROJECT the answer key using the OHP. HAND out the answer key. The whole class checks the answers. GO through any possible problems and deal with any potential problems.

Discussion (8-10 minutes) • To use functional language in order to express their opinions, show agreement and disagreement

REGROUP the students. WORK IN YOUR GROUPS AND DISCUSS THE ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF TECHNOLOGY. Ss work in groups and discuss the pros and cons of technology. MONITOR and take notes. (They can take notes for further use later.) Then they work with other groups to see whether they share their opinions or disagree. There's a whole class feedback and the teacher can use the notes to give proper feedback.

Productive Task(s) (15-17 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

PROJECT the questions and ask them to read. WHAT WOULD LIFE BE LIKE WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY? WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY? PROJECT the photo. (PLAY the song) ELICIT "desert island" and HIGHLIGHT the pronunciation. ASK the third question. MODEL the answer using "Second conditional". PAIR them again and try to pair up the younger ones with those who are a bit older and tell them to discuss their answers in pairs. Ss discuss their opinions in pairs. (MONITOR and take notes for delayed feedback.) GET IN GROUPS OF FOUR AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE OTHER PAIRS. Ss find new partners, make new groups and discuss their opinions with the new people. They find out any interesting items on their peers' lists.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ss discuss any interesting ideas they heard in their group discussions with the class. The teacher points out any errors made during the tasks and tries to ask the students to correct them. Lesson feedback and wrap-up

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