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1 Classify the gadgets
1 小工具分类

Where in the house can you typically find the following gadgets and appliances?
a blender a dishwasher a DVD player a flat screen TV
a freezer
a hi-fi system 音响系统 a hoover an iron an oven a toaster
In the kitchen: 厨房里
In the storeroom: 在储藏室
In the living room:
In pairs or groups, rank the above gadgets/appliances in order of necessity, from 1 (most important) to 10 (least important). Justify your reasons to each other.
以两人或小组为单位,将上述小工具/电器按必要性排序,从 1(最重要)到 10(最不重要)。相互说明理由。
2 UK/US English 2 英国/美国英语
Match the following British English words to their equivalent US names for appliances.

British English 英国英语

  1. a hoover 吸尘器
  2. a torch 火炬
  3. a tumble dryer 烘干机
  4. a mobile 移动式
  5. an aerial 空中

American English 美式英语

a. a cellphone a. 手机
b. a clothes dryer
b. 烘干机
c. a flashlight C. 手电筒
d. an antenna d. 天线
e. a vacuum cleaner
e. 吸尘器
Work in pairs. Tell your partner which of the gadgets/appliances you use often, sometimes, rarely and never. Use the British English names first, then repeat with American English.

3 What's it for?
3 用来做什么?

Match the appliances to their function.

Gadget/appliance 小工具/用具

  1. a lawnmower 割草机
  2. a radiator 散热器
  3. a remote control 遥控器
  4. a refrigerator 电冰箱
  5. a kettle 烧水壶
  6. an MP3 player 一个 MP3 播放器
    It's used for ...
    它用于 ...
a. boiling water a. 沸水
b. changing the TV channel
b. 改变电视频道
c. cutting grass c. 割草
d. keeping food cool and fresh
d. 保持食物凉爽和新鲜
e. listening to downloaded music
e. 听下载的音乐
f. warming up the room
f. 暖房
Work in pairs. Take turns to choose a gadget or appliance from the previous page. Describe its function to your partner without saying its name. Your partner should try to give the correct word for the gadget/appliance. Example:
Student A: It's used for washing dishes / You use it to wash dishes. / It's an appliance that washes dishes. Student B: A dishwasher.
学生甲:它用来洗碗/你用它来洗碗。/ 这是一种洗碗的器具。学生乙:洗碗机。

4 Guess the object
4 猜物体

Complete the questions below with the following verbs in their correct form, active or passive.
charge up operate plug in power power up
put run set unplug use up
  1. Can it by remote control?
    它能通过遥控器 吗?
  2. it by electricity or gas?
  3. Does it on batteries or do you need to it
  4. How long does it take to the battery?
  5. If you it, will it keep working?
    如果 ,它还能继续工作吗?
  6. Does it a lot of energy?
  7. How long does it take to after you switch it on?
    打开 需要多长时间?
  8. Can you it on standby or do you need to switch it off after using it?
    您可以在待机状态下 ,还是需要在使用后将其关闭?
  9. Can you it to work automatically at different times of the day?
    您可以 ,让它在一天的不同时间自动工作吗?
Work in pairs. Student A, select a gadget/appliance from the list below, but don't tell your partner. Student B, ask Student A appropriate questions in order to guess the object that your partner has chosen. Change roles and repeat several times, selecting a different gadget/appliance each time.

a boiler 锅炉
a laptop 笔记本电脑
a microwave oven 微波炉
an air conditioner 空调
an ebook reader 电子书阅读器
a smart phone 智能手机
a stove 
a torch 火炬

Talking point  谈话要点

Discuss any of the following questions:
  1. What gadgets and appliances do you use every day? For what purposes?
  2. Do you think our lives have been improved by new gadgets or we have been spoiled?
  3. "Technology makes our lives easier." How true is this statement?