Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson™
Answer these questions in pairs:
1. Scientists often talk about inventing household machines that will do a variety of tasks.
Imagine that you are about to buy the machines below. Apart from the normal tasks, what
unusual tasks would you like them to do?
a. a microwave
b. a stereo system
2. Here is a list of features that a fridge might have in the future.
Which features in the list would you like? (Tick the column next to these.)
Which do you think are less important?
Give reasons for your answers. (Use the comments column to make brief notes.)
Features Features I'd like Comments
Keeps a list of the groceries it
contains which the owner types
Takes phone messages
Sends a shopping list to a
supermarket saying exactly
what food items need to be
Shows when food is going bad
and needs to be thrown out
E-mails owner when it needs
Has an alarm that rings if
someone on a diet tries to take
fattening food from it
Keeps a record of appointments
Downloads recipes from the
Internet and stores information
about healthy eating
Downloads music from the
Internet, and has stereo
Sends and receives e-mail
Records video messages for
other members of the family
Now compare your answers with a partner. Use your notes to help you explain the
reasons for your choices.
3. Do you like the idea of flat-screen televisions? Why or why not?
4. Where in your house do you have a television? (If you don't have a television in your
house, tell your partner your reasons for not having one.)
A: True or False
Read Article 1 and decide whether the statements are true (T)
or false (F).
1. More than three-quarters of televisions sold around the
world are not ones with flat screens.
2. There is still room for growth in the flat screen television
3. DVD players and MP3 players are popular with shoppers.
4. Intermediate High Definition television sets were introduced in 2005.
5. Most shoppers will be interested in buying one of the new High Definition flat
New Flat TVs Launched
Wednesday August 31 (Reuters)
Although over 100 million households
in Europe and the United States have
moved to digital television, that is still
less than half of the homes in all
countries except the United Kingdom,
according to research group
Flat TVs...make up less than three out
of every 10 televisions currently sold
worldwide, said research group
DisplaySearch, meaning that growth
can continue unabated for many years.
ISuppli analyst Chris Crotty says:
"Consumers are more likely to buy a
second television or DVD player for
"The whole industry had expected
more," said Sharp's Kleis.
Nevertheless, LCD and plasma TV
unit sales increased 135 percent to 9.4
million units and 95 percent to 2.2
million units respectively in the
Sharp and others now plan to
introduce new flat televisions, many
of which will now be full High
Definition (HD), as opposed to the
intermediate HD television sets
launched last year. But these sets will
cost many thousands of euros, which
will be too much for most consumers
who are still waiting for Standard
C: Reading and Checking Information
Look through the article again to find which features
the article says the LG Electronics fridge has.
When you find a feature which matches one of the
items on the list below, place a check next to the item
- Keeps a list of the groceries it contains which the
a supermarket saying
to be thrown out
diet tries to take fattening food from it
recipes from the Internet and stores information about healthy eating
other members of the family
Compare your answers with a partner. If there are any differences between you, show
: Making Notes
ticle 2 to complete the table with information about another Internet
Name of Refrigerator:
refrigerator?: Yes / No
ling its own
Samsung's HomePAD is similar to
th the built-in videocam, a family
Samsung is planning special offers
Samsung's target customer is a family
owner types in
- Takes phone m
- Sends a shopping list to
exactly what food items need to be bought
- Shows when food is going bad and needs
- E-mails owner when it needs servicing
- Has an alarm that rings if someone on a
- Keeps a record of appointments
- Downloads music from the Internet, and has stereo speakers
- Sends and receives e-mail
- Records video messages for
your partner the part of the article that helped you to decide.
Use Part Two of Ar
Name of Manufacturer:
Size of display pad:
Is it similar to the LG
Samsung began sel
Internet refrigerator, called Hom
fridges in the United States in
LG's product, except that the 12-inc
display pad is detachable and able to
communicate wirelessly with the
could e-mail dinner-table images to
friends or relatives.
such as recipe services and
customized news based on the zip
code of the customer.
of four or more with an annual income
of more than $100,000. Typically,
more. He 12. hated / has hated / hates doing any kind of housework so he 13. didn't
want / doesn't want to use the Internet fridge now. The kitchen 14. became / has
become / becomes a peaceful place again.
A: Sell Your Product!
oup One are refrigerator manufacturers OR flat screen
Group One - Refrigerator Manufacturers OR flat screen television manufacturers :
- the name of your product
r target customer is
is for this product
After you have finished deciding these things, get ready to sell your product. You are
Group Two - Potential Customers: Work in pairs. You are members of a family (e.g.
With your partner decide what you want to buy. Use today's articles to give you ideas.
When you are ready, attend the Expo and visit all the stands. Ask the manufacturers lots
: Write a Description
Choose a machine of some kind (from your home or your classroom) and write an
u may do one or more of thes
Divide into two groups, Gr
television manufacturers and Group Two are potential customers.
Read the instructions for your group below.
Work in groups of two or three. You are a manufacturer making high-quality, futuristic
refrigerators or flat screen televisions. In your group decide what features your product
has. Use today's articles to give you ideas. Also decide on these things:
- the price
- the size
- who you
- what your advertising slogan
- any special offers
attending an 'Expo' where different companies are promoting their products. Set up you
'stand' (a place where you promote your product) and get ready to talk to potential
customers who will visit your stand. Try to persuade them to buy your product. Goo
husband and wife, mother and daughter, father and daughter etc.) who want to buy a new
refrigerator OR a flat screen television. You are going to attend an 'Expo' where different
companies are promoting their products. They will try to persuade you to buy their
of questions and then decide what you will buy. Happy shopping!
Do ONE of these writing ta
advertisement for it. Your advertisement should include a description of the machin
including its name, size, country of manufacture and features. When you have finished
work in small groups. Present your advertisement to each other.
Write a short description of a machine or device you are familiar with but do NOT
include its name. After you have finished, work in small groups and read your piece of
writing to each other. Get the other students to guess the name of your machine or device.
Write an advertisement for one of the fridges described in today's article. Your
advertisement should include a description of the fridge, including its name, size, country
of manufacture and features. Use Article 2 to help you write it.
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
A: Discussion - Notes
You may like to do the first machine (the microwave ) as a class discussion to give students the idea of
what they have to do. Encourage them to use their imagination to think of features that would be useful to
them. They can then continue the discussion in pairs. A flat screen television offer a 160-degree viewing,
whereas older models of televisions had a curved screen which may then reflect other light sources in a
A: True Or False - Notes
You may want to tell your students that high definition television gives extremely clear quality wide-screen
pictures with compact disc-quality surround sound.
A: True Or False - Answers
1. F, (more than two thirds), 2. T, 3. T, 4. T, 5. F (They will be too expensive for most consumers.)
B: Scanning - Answers
1. South Korea's LG Electronics.
2. 26 cubic feet.
3. The United States and Europe.
B: Reading and Checking Information - Answers
Keeps a list of the groceries it contains which the owner types in
Keeps a record of appointments
Downloads recipes from the Internet and stores information about healthy eating
Downloads music from the Internet
(Sends and) receives e-mail**
Records video messages for other members of the family
* Students may argue that since the fridge can download digital music, it would also have a good system to
play it. The article doesn't say this but is quite likely.
** If people can view their e-mail, they may be able to send it too although the article doesn't say this.
D: Making Notes - Answers
Name of Refrigerator: HomePAD
Name of Manufacturer: Samsung
Size of display pad: 12 inches
Is it similar to the LG refrigerator?: Yes
Differences: detachable display pad that can communicate wirelessly with fridge, no dial-up modem
Future special offers: recipe officers, customized news
Target customer: Family of four or more with annual income of $100,000 who will probably have high-
speed Internet access
E: Language - Answers
1. bought, 2. were, 3. bought, 4. has, 5. can download, 6. have had, 7. wanted, 8. wanted, 9. have, 10. have
decided, 11. has decided, 12. hates, 13. doesn't want, 14. has become.
A: Sell Your Product! - Notes
This activity can be as elaborate or as simple as you and your students want it to be. It could be done on a
different day, allowing students lots of time to prepare. Students could prepare artwork (leaflets, posters
etc.) for their fridges or televisions. You could spend a little time looking at the language of selling and
Before beginning the Expo, manufacturers could survey customers to find out what they want before they
'design' their fridge or television.
You may like to give the customers a budget: a particular amount of money that they have to spend on their
fridge or television. At the end, ask the customers to report to the class on what fridge or television they
have decided to buy and what 'sold' them on this fridge or television.