Topic: Computer Technology



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: computer technology. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

desktop computer (n) a computer that designed to be used on a desk
I prefer to use a desktop computer at work.
laptop computer (n) a portable computer small enough to put on your lap
I take my laptop computer everywhere I go.
devices (n – plural) a machine or equipment that is made for a special purpose
You can buy electronic devices at the store.
gadget (n) a small useful device
A mobile phone is a gadget.
e-books (n – plural) a book that is read on a computer or other electronic devices
She likes to read e-books more than paperback books.
apps (n – plural) short for applications; a computer program that performs a special function
Travel apps are my favorite.
outdated (adj) no longer useful; not modern or current
After a couple of years, electronic devices are outdated.
state-of-the-art (adj) the most recent and modern like technology
He always buys the state-of-the-art computers.
computer virus (n) small programs that attack your computer and cause damage to software and files
It’s important to protect your computer from a computer virus.
hacker (n) a person who uses a computer to gain access to information on other computers; not authorized
A hacker wants to steal information from other computer systems.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What apps do you use on your mobile phone?
  2. Name some electronic devices you use.
  3. Do you always buy state-of-the-art devices? Why or why not?
  4. Do you read e-books? Why or why not?
  5. Do you prefer a desktop or laptop computer? Why?
  6. Besides a mobile phone, do you own any other gadgets? If yes, tell me about them.
  7. Have you ever had a computer virus? If yes, explain what happened.
  8. Why do hackers try to steal information from people and companies?
  9. Do you own outdated electronic devices? If yes, tell me what they are.
  10. Should everyone have free internet? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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