Talk About Technology ESL LESSON

In this beginner-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to talk about technology and how it has affected our moods and everyday lives.

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

Practical English for everyday situations.

Talk About Technology

ESL Questions on Technology


Are you addicted to your phone?


How much time do you spend on your phone or other mobile devices?


What are the disadvantages of technology?


Do you prefer to message or talk to people? Why?


Which social media sites, games, or other websites do you interact with?


Do you think we should limit the amount of time kids spend on their devices?

Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video on Technology

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson to talk about technology.

ESL Listening Practice

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions about technology.


What has helped us with avoiding chores?


According to the passage, what do we spend more time doing than ever before?


What have we become trapped by?


According to the passage, what would be reasonable to assume about technology?


What is an example of how technology has changed receiving a phone call?


How are more and more people reporting that they feel?


When can people contact us with instant messaging?


According to the passage, when can you stop thinking about work?

ESL Speaking Activity

Use the illustrations to talk about technology and social media.

Talk About Technology ESL

Talk About Technology ESL Lesson

Talking About Technology

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Technology ESL

ESL Vocabulary to talk about technology

Word Bank

accept | assume | connection | 24/7 | escape | fact
ignore | intend | interaction | landline | lonely
opposite | popular | pressure | reasonable
switch off | trapped | stare | method


Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

Talk About Technology

1. escape (v)

A. a process or way of doing something

2. interaction (n)

B. smart; intelligent

3. lonely (adj)

C. communication with someone or something

4. intend (v)

D. to stop paying attention to what or who is around you

5. pressure (n)

E. to get free from something

6. clever (adj)

F. unhappy because you are not with other people

7. method (n)

G. to be in an unpleasant situation in which you lack freedom

8. switch off (phr.v)

H. to feel like you must do a lot of tasks or that people expect a lot from you

9. trapped (adj)

I. to plan or want to do something

10. stare (v)

J. to look for a long time with the eyes wide open

ESL Discussion

Discuss the following quotes about technology.


The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Man does not really love social media; he merely hates boredom and loneliness.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana


Social media not only snatches your time, but it also teaches you attention deficiency.

Neeraj Agnihotri


Was going to post something on Facebook until I asked myself why.

David E Love


A fundamental approach to life transformation is using social media for therapy; it forces you to have an opinion, provides intellectual stimulation, increases awareness, boosts self-confidence, and offers the possibility of hope.

Germany Kent


Phone breaks are in a way the new smoke breaks.

– A.D. Aliwat


Discuss the following questions about technology and social media addiction.

  1. Do you feel trapped by your phone?
  2. Do you ever turn your phone off?
  3. What are some positive points about social media?
  4. Do you keep track of your daily and weekly screen time?
  5. How does technology make your life easier?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.



We have truly become trapped by our devices.

Meaning /


We spend too much time at our computer screens.

Meaning /


Does technology help us build deeper connections with people?

Meaning /


Is it really possible to switch off from anything nowadays?

Meaning /


It’s important to ignore calls sometimes in order to get some rest.

Meaning /

Missing Words

Watch the video again and complete the sentences.

Technological Advances

Humans have made some truly amazing __________________________ 1 over the last 100 years, with ________________ 2 of avoiding boring chores. Today things are easier than ever, but we aren’t any happier. Why is that?

Our time

The interesting thing is that while much of this technology was created to save time, we actually spend __________________ 3 time staring at computer screens than ever before. In a way, we have become _______________ 4 by the very things that were __________________ 5 to give us more free time.

Social interactions

Since social media has become more and more popular, it would be ______________ 6 to assume that we could enjoy deeper connections with people. However, in fact the opposite is true – while we may have 1,000 “friends” online, more and more people are reporting that they feel ________ 7.

No escape

Back when we only had landlines, we needed to be at home to accept a phone call. This made it easy to ___________ 8 calls and escape from the ___________________ 9 of your daily life. However, now with instant messaging, people can contact us 24/7 and they can even see when you have received their messages. This makes it impossible to ever truly _______________ 10 and stop thinking about work.


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