By Hand vs. Machine?


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.

  • Some people like doing work by hand. Others prefer using machines. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • What aspects of working with your hands do you enjoy?
    • What aspects of using machines do you enjoy?
    • Which method do you enjoy engaging with most?


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
machine (n) a device using mechanical power with several parts each with a function
They hoped that the new machine would allow them to do their work much faster.
labor (n) work, especially hard and physical work
Although the labor was difficult, she loved the opportunity to be outside in the nice weather.
manual (adj) done with the hands
She hated doing manual work when she had a machine that could do the same thing.
kinesthetic (adj) learning through feeling, such as muscle movement
Kinesthetic learners need to be physically engaged in order to learn best.
volunteer (v) to freely take part in an activity
She volunteered to be a part of the new group that would only use technology. 
preserve (v) maintain in its original state
Working with his hands allowed him to preserve his strength and motor skills.
do without (expression) manage without
With the confidence and experience he had, he could do without a computer for a little while longer.
keep up with (expression) stay at the same level of something
As he had been doing the work for years, he found it easy to keep up with the new technology.
turn down (expression) refuse
She was so confident in her abilities that she turned down the opportunity to use a machine to do the work. 
work up a sweat (expression) put a lot of effort into something
He loved to work up a sweat when completing the final touches on his project.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”
― Elbert Hubbard


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

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