Topic: Making Decisions



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

choice (n) the act of picking or choosing
They want to go to Dubai or London. It’s a difficult choice to make.
setback (n) a problem that delays a process or decision
There’s a small setback in our plans to cook. The stove stopped working.
risk (n) the possibility that something bad will happen
There’s always a risk when you drive a car.
responsibility (n) something that is your job or duty
It’s your responsibility to make the right decision.
long-term (adj) lasting for a long period of time
Her long-term goal is to be a successful doctor.
short-term (adj) lasting for a short period of time
Her short-term goal is to graduate with a Bachelors in Science.
peer pressure (n) a feeling that you have to do what others do in your age group
His decision was influenced by peer pressure.
second thoughts (n) a feeling of doubt or worry after you decided to do something
They are having second thoughts about getting married.
make up one’s mind (expression) to finally make a decision
She needs to make up her mind about which university to attend.
change one’s mind (expression) when you decide to do something else after you made a decision
He changed his mind about becoming a doctor. Now he wants to be a pilot.


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. Are you good at making decisions? Why or why not?
  2. Tell me about a good decision you made.
  3. Tell me about a bad decision you made.
  4. Do you like to make choices? Why or why not?
  5. Tell me one of your long-term goals.
  6. Tell me one of your short-term goals?
  7. Have you ever made a decision then changed your mind? If yes, explain the situation.
  8. Have you ever asked the opinion of someone else before making a decision? If yes, explain the situation.
  9. Do you think people make bad decisions because of peer pressure? Why or why not?
  10. Tell me about a setback you had in your life.


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


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