It’s a podcast with pictures, learning tips and clues. In short, it’s just a helping hand to help you understand the conversation and the context.
This is Animated Podcast number 7 in a series of 10, in which each one has a specific focus and gets progressively more challenging.
In the seventh one, Are you a Geek, you can hear a conversation with someone who calls herself and “Un-Geek”. This word doesn’t really exist but you can get it’s meaning ! The focus is on talking about devices and gadgets that we use everyday, with more or less success.
Who is it designed for ?
It’s a perfect opportunity for new learners (pre-intermediate) to hear technology vocabulary spoken at natural speed between 2 British speakers.
It’s a great way for Intermediate learners to consolidate knowledge.
Enjoy and Welcome to the English Podcasts YouTube Channel !
Technophilia (from Greek τέχνη – technē, “art, skill, craft” and φίλος – philos, “beloved, dear, friend”) refers generally to a strong enthusiasm for technology, especially new technologiessuch as personal computers, the Internet, mobile phones and home cinema. The term is used in sociology to examine individuals’ interactions with society and is contrasted with technophobia.
On a psychodynamic level, technophilia generates the expression of its opposite, technophobia. Technophilia and technophobia are the two extremes of the relationship between technology and society. The technophile regards most or all technology positively, adopts new forms of technology enthusiastically and sees it as a means to improve life, whilst some may even view it as a means to combat social problems.
The term technophilia is used as a way of highlighting how technology can evoke in humans strong positive futuristic feelings. However, the reverential attitude towards technology that technophilia produces can sometimes inhibit realistic appraisals of the social and environmental impacts of technology on society. Technophiles do not fear of the effects of technological developments on society, as do technophobes. Technological determinism is the theory that humanity has little power to resist the influence that technology has on society.
Listen to Sue, explaining her views on everyday technology and gadgets – she could be described as a technophobe.
Technophobia (from Greek τέχνη technē, “art, skill, craft” and φόβος phobos, “fear”) is the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers. Although there are numerous interpretations of technophobia, they seem to become more complex as technology continues to evolve.
And so the year draws to an end…. and so does the decade !
We are constantly bombarded with news and social media events but how much can you actually remember?
This quiz takes a different angle on the traditional end of year quizzes……. we’re sure you know the answer to the straight forward questions but this Thinking Person’s Quiz goes beyond the surface and calls on your wider general knowledge skills, using mathematics, logic, history and of course English vocabulary !
This quiz covers geography, mathematics, English language, history, science, astronomy, chemistry ….. in short, its the total Thinking Person’s Quiz and a great way to improve your general vocabulary.
If you are a teacher, or if you are doing this quiz with a friend, take your time to discus the events, give your opinion and reminisce about the events.
We wish all our learners a happy, positive and successful 2020.
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