IELTS HOPECO Speaking Practice Test 6 : Technology

8/20/2015 5:00:25 PM
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Part 1

  1. Do you use a computer at work or at home?
  2. What do you use a computer for?
  3. Do you like using computers?
  4. When did you learn to use a computer?
  5. What is the importance of computers nowadays?
  6. What jobs do computers do better than people?

Part 2

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

  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

A. Uses of internet for communication
  • sending emails
  • social networking
  • sending text messages
  • blogging
  • tele-conferencing
  • posting messages on forums
  • video conferencing
  • using an intranet system
  • online chatting

B. Advantages
  • offers immediate communication
  • more convenient / people can communicate on-the-move
  • cheaper than telephone calls / face-to-face meetings
  • allows friends and family overseas to stay connected
  • allows global communication without the need to travel
  • gives everybody the chance to have a public voice

C. Disadvantages
  • people may lose “real” social skills
  • people may become adicted to social network sites
  • people may spend less time socialising face-to-face
  • people spend too much time in front of a screen
  • people may become more introverted

D. Technology and Education
  • interactive whiteboards
  • self-access centres / study
  • e-learning
  • online tutor

E. Advantages
  • offers more flexibility for the learner
  • cheaper for students (no travel / accmmodation costs)
  • allows people in rural areas the same study opportunities
  • students & teachers are less bound by time and space

F. Technology and Work
  • automated processes
  • computerised filing / administrative systems
  • automated manufacturing
  • huge databases
  • automated customer services
  • intranet system / internal emailing
  • high-tech computer systems

G. Disadvantages
  • has made some jobs redundant
  • may cause security issues /files may be lost
  • gives customers less personal service
  • requires a lot of investment
  • requires staff to be technically skilled
  • breakdowns in the system may cause severe problems

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