O484.U01. Computers Today
1. Living in a digital age.
2. Computer essentials.
3. Inside the system.
4. Buying a computer.
1. The digital age
READ the text from the book
2. Collocations 1
Verbs and nouns often go together in English to make set phrases, for example acces the Internet. These word combinations are called collocations, and they are very common. Learning collocations instead of individual words can help you remember which verb to use with which noun. Here are some examples from the previous text:
perform operations, do research, make calls, send texts, display data, write letters, store information, complete exercises, carry out transactions
3. Computers at work
Talk about how different people use their computers at work (e.g. electrical engineer, secretary, librarian, composer)
4. The magic of computers
Talk about things computer do for us in our daily life
5. Other aplications
Give examples of how computers are used in Formula 1 cars, Entertainment, Factories & industrial processes, Schools / Universities
How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte
Inside a Google Data Center
Microsoft underwater Data Centers
1. Computer hardware
Describe the elements of a computer system
2. What is a computer?
READ the text from the book
3. Different types of computer
List & describe: laptop, desktop PC, mainframe, tablet PC, mobile phone, chromebook
Classifying means putting things into groups or classes. We can classify types of computers, parts of a PC, etc. Some typical expressions for classifying are:
- ...are classified into X types/categories
- ...are classified by...
- ...can be divided into X types/categories
Digital computers can be divided into five main types: mainframes, desktop PCs, laptops, tablet PCs and mobile phones.
- ...consist(s) of...
The basic configuration of a mainframe consists of a central system which processes immense amounts of data very quickly.
- There are X types/classes of...
- X is a type of...
A tablet PC is a type of notebook computer.
5. Benefits of laptops, tablet PCs and chromebooks
WRITE an emal describing the benefits of using these portable devices.
TO KNOW MORE...
Quantum computers explained at 5 levels, by IBM
1. Technical specifications
2. What is inside a PC system?
READ the text from the book
3. Defining relative clauses
Defining relative clauses
We can define people or things with a defining (restrictive) relative clause. We use the relative pronoun who to refer to a person; we can also use that.
A blogger is a person who/that keeps a web log (blog) or publishes an online diary.
We use the relative pronoun which (or that) to refer to a thing, not a person.
This is built into a single chip which/that executes program instructions and coordinates the activities that take place within the computer system.
Relative pronouns can be left out when they are the object of the relative clause.
The main circuit board (which/that) you have inside your system is called the motherboard.
4. How memory is measured
READ the text from the book
5. A PC system
Complete a diagram of a PC system
6. Your ideal computer system
Describe your ideal computer system, using words such as CPU, speed, optical disc drives, wireless connectivity, minimum/maximum RAM, monitor, ports and card memory slots, hard disk, external USB disk, software, etc.
Main parts of the computer
Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford 2005
The mind behind Linux: Linus Torvald
1. In a computer shop
Imagine the conversation at the shop when buying a new computer
2. Language funtions in a computer shop
Read the HELP box
Language functions useful to a sales assistant
Greeting and offering help
Good morning. Do you need any help?
Giving technical specifications (specs)
The MacBook has a processor running at 2.0 gigahertz. The iMac has two gigabytes of RAM. They feature a camera built into the display.
Both computers are very fast and reliable
The MacBook is more practical if you travel a lot.
PDAs are cheaper that laptops but laptops are more powerful.
Language funtions useful to a customer
Explaining what you are looking for
We are looking for a personal computer. Have you got any fairly basic ones?
Asking for technical specs
What's the storage capacity of the hard drive?
Do they have a DVD drive?
Asking the price
How much do they cost?
How much is it?
3. Buying a computer
Role play: shop assistant and customer
4. Choosing the right computer
Surf the web and find at least 4 different models of computers
5. Vocabulary tree about parts of a computer
A nice technique to remember new vocabulary
6. Recommending a computer
WRITE an email recommending a computer to a friend
How to start a speech
Get clear on your message
O484.U02. Input & Output devices
5. Type, click and talk!
6. Capture your favourite image.
7. Display screens and ergonomics.
8. Choosing a printer.
9. Devices for the disabled.
LANGUAGE WORK: Describing functions
READING: The eyes of your computer
LANGUAGE WORK: superlatives
LANGUAGE WORK: suffixes
READING: How screen displays works
LANGUAGE WORK: Instructions and advice
READING: Which type of printer should I buy?
LANGUAGE WORK: connectors 1
LANGUAGE WORK: comparatives
READING: Computers for the disabled
LANGUAGE WORK: noun phrases
O484.U03. Storage devices
10. Magnetic storage.
11. Optical storage.
12. Flash memory.
O484.U04. Basic Software
13. The operating system (OS).
14. Word processing (WP).
15. Spreadsheets and databases.
O484.U05. Faces of the Internet
16. The internet and email.
17. The web.
18. Chat and conferencing.
19. Internet security.
O484.U06. Creative Software
20. Graphics and design
21. Desktop Publishing
23. Web design
O484.U07. Programming & Jobs in ICT
24. Program design and computer languages.
26. Jobs in ICT.
READING: Computer languages
READING: The Java language
O484.U08. Computers tomorrow
27. Communication systems
29. Video games
30. New technologies
Professor 1 (70% de la nota). Bases de Dades.
Professor 2 (30% de la nota): Bases de Dades (3h en anglès).
- Exàmen: 60%
- Pràctiques obligatòries: 40%
- Actitud, assistència i feina a classe: permet d'arrodonir la nota final a l'alça (+1 punt) o a la baixa (-1 punt).
- Si les pràctiques son entregades fora de plaç puntúen com a màxim un 5.
- Durant el curs els alumnes hauran obligatòriament de llegir dos llibres en Anglès adaptats al seu nivell que podran agafar en prèstec a la biblioteca del centre. Els hauran de comentar amb el professor i amb els companys a finals de Gener i durant el mes de Maig.
Enter your gmail account
Go to blogger.com and create a blog associated to your gmail account
You can go to your blog and:
- see it, as any Internet user might do
- edit it, since you are the owner
Another way to post a message to your blog is by sending an email to
As far as contents are concerned, your blog should document all the exercises you do in class.
- All Readings done in class
- STEM Talk summary
Prepare a podcast about a technology-related topic (or any other topic you find interesting):
You can do it individually or in a group of 2, 3 or 4 people.
You can use visual support, such as video or images in the background, in order to make your podcast more attractive to the audience.
Duration: 5 minutes per person
- Upload it to the BDA remote server, naming the file as AA_BB_CC_DD_podcast.mp3 or whatever sound format you are using.
- AA, BB, CC, DD stand for the initials of the team members. If you have created your podcast alone, use NameLastname_podcast.mp3
- mp3 stands for the sound format, it could be any usual sound format.
TIPS to record a great podcast
- The right distance your mouth should be from the microphone
- Why green is good, and red is bad
- How to stay consistent, and why that’s key for your audience
- The importance of a killer intro
- What to do with your podcast outro
- How to give your podcast website that WOW factor
- Why you need to say “yes” to segmentation
- How to cut out the fluff
- How to avoid over-editing
- And the most important thing of all: how to keep it light and fun!
hosted at https://megaphone.fm
After writing a blog and recording a podcast, let's go for the most difficult task: recording a video.
- Video length: between 2 and 5 minutes per person.
- You can work individually or in teams (2-3-4 people).
- Topic: choose anything you are interested in. A personal video, an interview, a trip you want to talk about, etc.
- Try to maintain the interest of the audience, so make it dynamic. Consider editing audio and video before publishing, in order to remove unwanted parts that make the video boring and heavy.
Find below an example of a nice video commercial by Alec Baldwing that you already know. Check the lighting, the background music, the speech intonation and the rythm. Get ideas for your project.
Here are some technical tips to consider before recording a video of yourself:
- Good lighting
- Stable camera and correct camera height and position
- Use external microphone if possible and avoid background noises
- Prepare what you have to say
Professional tips for recording audio and video independently:
Read a book of your choice about technology or any other topic.
Please write a summary about the STEM talks you attended to on Friday, the 24th of January 2020.
Minimum length, an A4 page. Post it to your English blog.
Find below a few articles about artificial intelligence and coronavirus.
- Read some of them or look for information by yourself and prepare a 10 page presentation.
- Upload it to the BDA remote server with FileZilla Client before Friday, March the 20th at 22h.
- Use pdf format, name the file as NameLastname_AICV.pdf.
Find below a TED talk by Bill Gates, in 2015.
- Write a one page summary including the main topics and your opinion on the subject.
- Upload it to the BDA remote server with FileZilla Client before Friday, April the 3rd at 22h.
- Use pdf format, name the file as NameLastname_TedBG.pdf.
Find below a few articles about technology that will provide you with a nice and complete technical vocabulary.
WORK TO DO
- Write a summary of the 3 reading sessions in one A4 page, just using some of the technical terms. It does not need to be exhaustive, just put whatever you remember. Do not copy and paste, generate your own sentences.
- Read out loud and record your own summary.
Upload the 2 files to the remote bda server (directory "read_and_summarize"):
- A pdf file with the written summary. NameLastname_read_and_summarize.pdf
- An audio file reading your summary. NameLastname_read_and_summarize.mp3
1st reading session:
2nd reading session:
3rd reading session: