Inventions- Random Pelmanisms

Level: Intermediate

Topic: Technology & science

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Inventions random pelmanism
(History for ESL students/ Technical English)

Task 1

Take turns trying to match older inventions on the left with ones we use now on the right,  
and say why they are connected, e.g. that they do the same thing or use the same kind of  
power. Any kind of connection you can come up with is okay.

Steam engine

Smoke signals

Fax

PDA

Chariot

Fountain pen

Pacemaker

MP3 player

Messenger pigeon

Horse and cart

Mobile phone

Nuclear power 

station

The telegraph

Sundial

Digital watch

Sewing machine

Charcoal

Bronze dagger

GPS

Internet

Flint tools

Spear

Rifle

Photocopier

Kite

Camel train

Articulated lorry

Scanner

Compass

Woodblock printing

Jet foil

Paper

Carbon paper

Needle

Tank

Ballpoint pen

Papyrus

Candles

Machine gun

Solar panels

Gas lighting

Sailing ship/ galleon

Dynamite

Phillips screwdriver

Quill and ink

Cross bow

Digital camera

Air conditioning

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2010

Catapult

Battering ram

Chain saw

Rocket launcher

Horseshoes

Stirrups

Shotgun

Laser eye surgery

Woodblock printing

Windmill

Automatic pencil

Calculator

Barrel organ

Gunpowder

Elevator

Hybrid car

Bone tools

Cave paintings

Taser

USB flash drives

Bellows

Cannon

Stapler

Cloud seeding

Axe

Musket

Jet ski

Video games

Pocket watch

Grandfather clock

Laser Quest

Massage chairs

Monocle

Slide rule

Microscope

MRI

Dumb waiter

Invisible ink

X ray

Breathalyser

Parchment

(Spinning) top

Organ transplant

Space shuttle

Cutthroat razor

Coal gas

Microwave

Disposable razor

Archimedes’ screw

Carpet sweeper

Hoover (= vacuum 

cleaner)

3D movies

 
Task 2- Discussion questions

Do you think any of the things on the left are still used?

Which of the things on the right do you think will still be used in 2050?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2010