Computers and Human

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 say that computers have made life easier and more convenient. Other people say that computers have made life more complex and stressful. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what ways have computers benefitted your life?
    • In what have computers made your life more challenging?
    • Do the benefits outweigh the challenges?

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
laptop (n) computer that is portable and suitable for travel
She loved that she could take her laptop practically anywhere.
software (n) programs and other operating information on a computer
He had to buy new software for his computer. 
complex (adj) consisting of many connected parts
Sometimes she just wanted to take notes on paper since her device seemed so complex.
user-friendly (adj) easy to use or understand
Her new device was so user-friendly that she didn’t even have to read the manual. 
connect (v) bring or join together
She had trouble being able to connect to the hotel’s Internet.
secure (v) fixed or fastened that’s not subject to threat or becoming loose
It’s important to maintain a secure system on your devices.
break down (expression) stop working
She was always afraid her laptop would break down just as she was finishing up a project.
end in (expression) finish a certain way
Computer problems always seem to end in frustration.
make up for (expression) compensate
The fast speed makes up for the lack of available programs.
bells and whistles (expression) interesting and beneficial features
He was excited to learn all the bells and whistles of his new device. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“It’s not a faith in technology. It’s faith in people.”
― Steve Jobs

Wrap-up

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

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