Topic: Communication

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Warm-up

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

face-to-face (adj) to talk direct and in front of each other
I think it’s better to talk face-to-face.
over the phone (prep phrase) to talk with someone by phone
She told me the news over the phone.
body language (n) to communicate with the body without talking
Waving hello to someone is a form of body language.
opinion (n) what someone thinks about something
Her opinion is that everyone should have free education.
argument (n) to talk about something with different opinions; sometimes with anger
They had an argument about where to go on vacation.
miscommunication (n) fail to communicate clearly
The miscommunication caused an argument.
repeat (v) to say again
He had to repeat his sentence because they didn’t hear him.
express (v) to communicate what you think or feel
I want to express my sadness concerning the death of your father.
interrupt (v) to stop a person from speaking for a short time
I need to interrupt you to tell you something important.
misunderstanding (n) when someone doesn’t understand something clearly
There must be a misunderstanding. I never said your opinion was wrong.

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. When was the last time you had an argument? Why did you argue?
  2. Do you think there’s a lot of miscommunication between people? Why or why not?
  3. Do you like when people interrupt you? Why or why not?
  4. Tell me about 3 ways to communicate.
  5. Do people use body language in your country? If yes, give some examples.
  6. Why do people have to repeat what they said sometimes?
  7. Do you like to communicate face-to-face or over the phone? Why?
  8. Do you like to express your opinions? Why or why not?
  9. Tell me about a time you had a misunderstanding with somebody.
  10. Do you think some people like to argue? Why or why not?

Wrap-up

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

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