Topic: Secrets

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: secrets. 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

secret (n) keep information from others; don’t tell others
Don’t tell your mom about the birthday party. It’s a secret.
keep (v) to have for yourself; not tell anyone
Can you keep a secret?
reveal (v) to make a secret known to others
I need to reveal a secret to you. I’m looking for another job.
tell (v) to say something to another person; give information
I have a secret. Do you want me to tell you?
spread around (v – phrase) to tell many people news about something
News about my new job has spread around my company.
my lips are sealed (idiom) something you say to let someone know you will not tell their secret
Please don’t tell anyone about my secret. My lips are sealed.
spill the beans (idiom) to give a secret away
We are having a surprise birthday party for dad. Please, don’t spill the beans.
leak (v) to give information to someone else like a secret
Please don’t leak my secret to other people.
whisper (v) to speak very softly
I want you to whisper the secret into my ear.
private (adj) not known to other people
Secrets are private information between certain people.

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. Tell me about a time someone asked you to keep a secret.
  2. Do you keep a lot of secrets to yourself? Why or why not?
  3. Do you use your real name on the internet or do you keep it a secret? Why?
  4. Do you think your personal information should be private? Why or why not?
  5. Tell me about a time you spilled the beans.
  6. Tell me about a time you whispered to someone.
  7. Are you good at keeping secrets? Why or why not?
  8. If your best friend stole something, would you keep it a secret? Why or why not?
  9. When is the last time you told someone a secret? Why?
  10. If you had a secret, who would be the first person you would tell? Why?

Wrap-up

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

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