Unit 6: A Glimpse of the Future

BRAINSTORMING: Try to write as many words as possible that come to your mind in 2′ related to THE FUTURE.

VOCABULARY : Computer words

1.-Look at the images and match the computer objects with the words below:


















2.- Listen, check and repeat.


3.- Choose the correct options.

a) You can record your voice with a microphone/headphones.

b) You can write an email with a mouse/keyboard.

c) You can make videos with a screen/webcam.

d) You can save your work on a memory stick/touch screen.

e) You use Wi-Fi/a printer to go on the Internet.

f) A laptop/desktop is easy to carry around.

g) A webcam/tablet has usually got a touch screen.


4.- Work with a partner. Answer the questions:

a) Which things in Exercise 1 have you got?

b) Which things has your school got? Anything not present above?

c) What do you usually use a computer for?

d) What do you usually use a mobile phone for?



Computers: A Big Past, A Small Future

1.- Look at the photo and title of the article. What do you think the article is about? Brainstorm.

2.- Read and listen to the text and check your ideas in Exercise 1.

Sixty-five years ago, the world’s first modern computer “was born”. “Baby”, as scientists called it, was enormous. It filled an entire room and needed a team of people to operate it. Computers slowly became smaller over the next 60 years so that they could fit on your table, on your knee in front of you, and finally in one hand. Look at your mobile phone and you will see a small personal computer before your eyes. So what’s next for computers? Will they get even smaller?

Most scientists believe they will. Accessories like the keyboard and mouse are disappearing from modern computers with the invention of smartphones and touch-screen technology. Professor Brian David Johnson believes computers will be everywhere in the future because computer chips are becoming smaller and more advanced: “In the future, all objects will become computers: your teacup, the table, anything” he says.

He also believes that we will have relationships with our computers: “Our computers will know us. They will be closely connected to us and the things and people we love. Your mobile phone will be like your personal assisstant.”

It’s difficult to predict future technology because things change very quickly. But one thing is certain; computers will be powerful in the future. Computer expert Jonathan Strickland believes computers in 100 years will be about     “1,125,899,906,842,624 times more powerful than computers today”. That sounds great, but will they be visible to our eyes, or so small we’re always losing them!?

3.- Read the text again and choose the correct answers:

1.- The first modern computer needed

a) one person to use it.

b) more than one person to use it .

2.- Mobile phones are…

a) the modern personal computer.

b) the personal computer of the future.

3.- The keyboard and the mouse are disappearing from computers because…

a) there are more computers.

b) of new technology.

4.- Professor Johnson believes that in the future…

a) objects in the kitchen will become computers.

b) ordinary objects in your house will become computers.

5.- He also thinks computers will…

a) be connected to our bodies.

b) do a human job for us.

6.- Jonathan Stricklad thinks computers in the future will …

a) be bigger. 

b) be more intelligent. 


4.- Work with a partner. Answer the questions.

a) What surprised you about the article? Did you learn anything new?

b) Do you use your mobile phone like a personal computer? What things do you do on both your computer and mobile phone? List them. 


Watch “Robot Pizza Delivey” video: An alternative way to deliver a pizza.



1.- Watch the video/s in Edpuzzle and have a look at this diagram afterwards:

2.- Practice the future time. Click on each of them for specific practice :








1.- Watch the video in Edpuzzle on the FIRST CONDITIONAL.

2.-Now look at the chart below and practice in small groups what you learnt. Ask for doubts if needed.

3.- Practice: 

4.- Complete the sentences for you. Then compare with a partner.

a) If I have a YouTube channel one day, …

b) I’ll be happy tonight …

c) If I pass my exams atht the end of the year, …



1.-Look at the photo. What do you think it is?

2.- Listen to an  inerview in a science programme. Check your answers in Exercise 1.

3.- Listen again. Are these sentences true (T) or false (F) ? Correct the false sentences.

a) Judy thinks it’s very small for a computer.

b) You use the computer with the screen on a laptop.

c) The computer is expensive and difficult to use.

d) Scientists created the computer for schools.

e) “Code” is the language people use to program computers.

f) Paul created a music program yesterday with the computer.


Technology Verbs

4.- Look at the pictures and match the verbs in bold with the actions (a-i).

  1. Scroll down the webpage.
  2. Plug in the computer
  3. Log in to your email.
  4. Turn on the laptop.
  5. Click on the icon.
  6. Turn up the volume.
  7. Turn off the light.
  8. Shut down the computer.
  9. Turn down the music.













5.- Work with a partner. Take it in turns to play miming with the actions above. 



The UK: A Mobile Nation?

1.- Read and listen to the article about teenagers in the UK. How will using mobile phones help them in the future?

A recent survey in the UK showed that more than a million children get their first mobile phone when they’re five! It also showed that 10% of children under 16 have got better mobile phone than their parents!

Most parents in the UK buy mobile phones for their children when they start secondary school. This is so their children can call them if they have any problems, But what about the five-year-olds? The survey shows that mums and dads buy phones for younger children so they can play games and watch videos.

Teenagers use mobile phones in the UK more than any other group. 93% of all British teenagers have got a phone, and 81% have got a smartphone. Texting, looking at photos and listening to music are three of the most popular activities. Teenagers also check social networks, like Facebook, play games and watch TV programmes on their phones.

Teenagers in the UKK spend about 31 hours a week online: on phones or on computers. A lot of people worry that technology is bad for them. They don’t think that teenagers should spend all their time in front of a computer because it’s unhealthy. But there is a positive side too. Mobile phones help young people learn to use technology for communication, collaboration and creativity. These things will be very important for them in the future.


2.- Read the article again and answer the questions on your notebook:

a) How many children get a mobile phone when they’re five in the UK?

b) Why do most secondary schoolchildren get a mobile phone from their parents?

c) How do five-year-olds use their mobile phones?

d) What type of mobile phone is most popular with British teenagers?

e)What are three of the most common activities for teenagers on their mobiles?

f) Why do some people think technology can be bad for teenagers?



3.- Work with a partner. Answer the questions:

a) Have you got a mobile phone? When did you get your first mobile phone?

b) Should five-year-olds have mobile phones, do you think? Why/Why not?

c) Do you think technology is bad for young people? Why/Why not?



Watch the video : “Sharing Online”. Find out how a teenager revolutionised online music sharing. 



Asking for and Giving Instructions

1.- Keira is explaining to her mum how to use a mobile phone. Listen and complete the conversation with the words in the box.


Mum: Keira, I haven’t got my phone. Can I borrow yours? I want to phone your dad.

Keira: Yeah, sure.

Mum: How_ does it____ work?

Keira: It’s not difficult. 2____________, press the round button at the bottom to activate the screen.

Mum: This one?

Keira: Yes. 3____________, move your finger across the top of the screen to unlock the phone.

Mum: Right! Now what do I 4________________ make a call?

Keira: You need 5______________ the contacts icon 6_______________ scroll down to Dad’s name.

Mum: OK, here it is.

Keira: Now 7____________ is press Dad’s number and it’ll ring him.

Mum:  Right! Thanks!


2.- Practice the conversation in pairs. Focus on pronunciation and intonation, please!


VIDEO: Work with a partner. Watch the teenagers answering the question “How important is your mobile phone to you?”. Answer the question for you. 






1.- After having had a look at the main parts, let’s look at an example:



3.- Now it is your turn. Choose a statement below to discuss and plan an opinion essay. Use the structure  above.

Write 100 words and hand it in (written on paper, please). 

-Humans will live on other planets in the future.

-People will live to be 200 in the future.


Good luck!