Texting and Communications


After a quick greeting, 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.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Telephones and E-mail have made communication between people less personal. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
    • Do you prefer to email someone over having a face-to-face conversation?
    • What do you think of when someone texts you rather than calling?
    • Which do you do more of – texting or calling?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. 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

Expression Definition
technology (n) the use of science in industry, engineering, to invent useful things or to solve problems
With new technology, we can communicate in a variety of ways.
smartphone (n) mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive email, connect to the Internet, take photos and perform other functions
He can always stay connected with his smartphone.
innovative (adj) introducing or using new ideas or methods
With new ideas coming daily, they thought him very innovative.
personal (adj) belonging or relating to a particular person
I wished our communication could be more personal, like with handwritten letters.
separate (v) not joined, connected or combined
Without being able to see him, she felt separate from him.
text (v) to send someone a text message via telephone
Can you quick text me when you get here? 
call up (expression) give someone a phone call
Before going to bed, she always wanted to call up her friend about what happened that day.
send out (expression) to cause something to go out or be carried from one place to another
She had to send out an email before the news went public.
hit up (expression) ask someone for something, typically money
He hit me up for some money for tickets that week. 
shoot an email (expression) to send someone an email message
Can you shoot me an email with your ideas?

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“We are more and more into technology. Everything is texting and everything is instant.”
― Vanessa Diffenbaugh


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

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