Topic: At the Gas Station

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: at the gas station. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. 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

gas pump (n) the machine at a gas station to put gas in a car
The gas pump doesn’t work.
self-service (adj) allowing customers to serve themselves
We only have self-service gas stations in my city.
full-service (adj) someone who serves another person
I like full-service gas stations because I don’t have to do the work.
fill up (v – phrase) action of filling up something full; a gas tank
I always like to fill up my gas tank 
unleaded gas (n) a type of fuel that doesn’t have tetraethyllead; lead-free
My car uses unleaded gas.
check the oil (phrase) to look at the engine oil in a car to see if it needs more oil
Should I check the oil in your car?
check the tire pressure (phrase) to look or test the air in car tires to see if they need more air
I always check the tire pressure when I go to the gas station.
gas attendant (n) the person who puts gas in your car at a gas station
The gas attendant is very busy.
wash the windshield (phrase) to clean the front glass of a car with liquid soap and water
He always washes the windshield of his car.
pop the hood (phrase) to open the hood of a car; the engine is under the hood
Please pop the hood so I can check your oil.

Conversation

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.

  1. Which do you like better, full-service or self-service gas stations? Why?
  2. Do you usually pay with cash or credit card for gas? Why?
  3. How often do you check the tire pressure in your car?
  4. How often do you check the oil in your car?
  5. Is gas expensive in your country?
  6. Do you always fill your gas tank full? Why or why not?
  7. Why is it important not to smoke at gas stations?
  8. Would you like to work as a gas attendant? Why or why not?
  9. Is it important to keep the correct amount of air in car tires? Why or why not?
  10. Do you like to wash the windshield of your car? Why or why not?

Wrap-up

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

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