Topic: Using Office Supplies



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: using office supplies. 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

pen (n) a device that has ink to write or draw
I use a pen with black ink.
paper clip (n) a piece of wire bent into flat loops that are used to hold paper together
My documents are together with a paper clip.
file folder (n) a plastic or paper folded cover used to hold documents
I keep my important documents in a file folder.
stapler (n) a device used to attach papers
I use a stapler to attach my essay papers together.
staples (n – plural) u-shaped wires that go into a stapler
He needs to buy more staples for the stapler.
envelope (n) usually a rectangular paper container for a letter
You need to put the letter in the envelope.
calculator (n) an electronic device used to do math like adding and subtracting
She uses a calculator to add and subtract numbers.
scotch tape (n) clear material used to tape things together like paper
He used scotch tape to put the torn paper back together.
scissors (n – plural) a tool used to cut paper, plastic, etc
He used scissors to cut the paper into two pieces.
rubber band (n) a thin ring of rubber used to hold things together
She put a rubber band around the five pens.


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. Which office supplies do you use?
  2. Where do you buy office supplies?
  3. What can scissors be used for?
  4. What can be kept in a file folder?
  5. Do you have an office in your home? If so, what do you use it for?
  6. Where can office supplies be stored?
  7. Tell me some more office supplies that are not mentioned above.
  8. Do you use a calculator? If so, what for?
  9. What do you use rubber bands for?
  10. Can you tell me some other kinds of tape?


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

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