Topic 1: Describe an electric item that is important to you.
You should say:
I have several pieces of modern technology and electronic gadgets that I often use and among them I would like to talk about the laptop I have. This is a laptop computer which is manufactured by HP. This laptop has a good configuration and it supports most of the latest software. It came with the Windows 8 operating system and it was bit expensive for me to buy. I bought it few months back when I replaced my old Dell laptop with this new one.
I use it for my official purposes as well as personal purposes. I use internet, communicate with my friends using this laptop. I sometimes prepare some documents, surf internet and play games in it as well. This laptop serves my entertainment also. I watch movies, listen to music and play games in it. In fact, I use this laptop more frequently than any other electronic device I have except the cell phone.
I own laptop for more than 10 years but I bought this current one 3-4 months ago. Since, the technology changes and to use latest software and to get faster performance, we need to upgrade our computers and laptops, I replaced my old laptop with this new one.
As I have already mentioned, I use this laptop to use internet, play games, create documents, contact my friends, maintain my blogs, watch movie, listen to music and for many other important purposes. This laptop has become an unavoidable technology for me that I use almost everyday.
- Have (the item you chose to talk about) changed much over the years?
- Do you think that (the item you chose to talk about) are important to society? (How?)
- Do you think everyone needs to know how to use the item you chose to talk about?
- What kinds of electrical appliances are most used in the home, (besides the telephone and computer)? (Hints: washing machine; vacuum cleaner; rice cooker; iron; coffee maker; electric kettle; water dispenser; food blender; microwave oven; hair dryer; air conditioner; fan)
- How do these things help people?
- What are some examples of electronic or electrical equipment that are used for communication?
- What are some examples of electronic or electrical equipment that are used for entertainment (leisure)?
- What are some advantages and disadvantages of using electrical equipment?
- Do you think we can now live without electrical appliances?
- What's your opinion of this? Is that a good situation?
- Do you think science and technology will one day completely eliminate traditional technology and equipment?
- What kinds of electrical or electronic appliances do you think we will have in the future? ( = How do you think electrical & electronic appliances will develop in the future?) (Hint: Difficult question. Think science fiction.)
- Do you think computers will one day replace books?
The following was the examiner's own question, not listed in the question book.
- You say you download songs to your MP3. But if you like a singer, don't you think you should support him/her by buying their CD's?
- What are some of the different forms of electronic communication that people use in offices today and how are they useful?
- What are the effects of using such electronic forms of communication? (What are the advantages & disadvantages of using these?)
- (Similar to above) What are the advantages and disadvantages of using new technology in the workplace?
- Today, people rely on hi-tech communication equipment. Do you think there are any dangers or shortcomings to this reliance?
- What other tools are used in offices today?
- Compare office equipment today with office equipment of years ago.
- How do you office equipment will change in the future?
- Do you think that advancements in office technology will result in fewer people or more people working in offices in the future?
- (As above) What effects do you think the future use of electronic equipment will have on employment?
Modern Technology & Human Progress
- What are the effects on people of modern technology such as television and computers?
- (Similar to above) What changes have taken place in society as a result of the use modern technology such as the television and the computer?
- Do you think people rely too much on machines and modern technology nowadays?
- What are the advantages that we get from using modern home and office equipment?
- What do you think is the most useful thing that man has ever invented?
- Do you think being able to use advanced technology (e.g., computers) can help people when they are looking for a job?
- Do you think computers will ever be intelligent enough to replace human brain power?
- Do you think robots will replace humans for some types of work?
- Do you think we will ever be able to truly communicate with robots?
- Is there a relationship between advancements in high technology and the true progress of humanity? (Hint: Not really. Many advancements in high technology were first made for military purposes.)
- Do you think modern appliances have decreased the amount of housework that people have to do?
- Who does most of the housework in Vietnamese families, the husband or the wife?
- How do you think electronics will develop in the future? (= What new electronic devices do you think might be invented in the future?)
- How do you think modern technology will change the way people work in the future?