Technology vs. Basic Needs

Conversation

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 think that governments should spend as much money as possible on developing or buying computer technology. Other people disagree and think that this money should be spent on more basic needs. Which one of these opinions do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
    • What is a benefit of spending more money on computer technology?
    • What is a benefit of spending more money on basic needs?
    • What recent trends have you seen that point to one solution over another?

Vocabulary

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 application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes
Technology is infused into almost every part of our daily life.
invention (n) something, usually a device or product, that has been created
Knowledgeable researchers wanted more money to explore new inventions they could dream up.
innovative (adj) featuring new methods
With a new innovative approach, they were eager to look into technological advances.
essential (adj) absolutely necessary
Some needs such as food, water, and shelter are essential for all and can’t be compromised.
invest (v) expend money with the expectation of gaining a profit
Others thought that it would be a great option to invest the money into future endeavors.
disperse (v) give out
They dispersed the money on a weekly basis to cover their needs. 
give up (expression) cease making an effort
They encouraged us not to give up even though the funding was cut.
look into (expression) investigate
The leaders wanted to look into what options they would have in caring for others.
boil down to (expression) to be summarized as
The decision boils down to who could benefit the most from the spending patterns.
break the bank (expression) use up all of one’s money
With the new price hikes, it may break the bank just to take a quick vacation for them.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.”
― Christian Lous Lange

Wrap-up

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

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