Topic: Success



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

goal (n) something you are trying to do or achieve
My goal is to be an English teacher.
hard work (adj + n) a lot of effort
It takes a lot of hard work to be successful.
focus (n) main purpose or interest
Her focus is on finding a job.
passion (n) a strong feeling of excitement about doing something
Some students have a passion for learning English.
push myself (expression) go farther than I think I can go
I push myself to be a successful artist.
volunteer (v) to help others without being paid money
She volunteers to help the homeless.
failure (n) lack of success
His restaurant was a failure.
confidence (n) a feeling that you can do something well; succeed
Have confidence in your English speaking.
open-minded (adj) willing to consider ideas and opinions
You should be open-minded about your future.
under pressure (expression) being stressed because of having too much to do
Sometimes people are under pressure to succeed.


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 one of your successes.
  2. Tell me about one of your failures.
  3. Tell me about one thing that has or had you under pressure.
  4. Have you ever volunteered? If yes, tell me about it. If no, do you want to and why?
  5. Do people have to fail to be successful? Why or why not?
  6. Do you have confidence in your English skills? Why or why not?
  7. Do people learn from their failures? Why or why not?
  8. Tell me about one of your goals in life.
  9. Is it difficult for you to focus? Why or why not?
  10. Tell me about a famous person who failed.


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


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