Cars and Modern Life


After a quick greeting, 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.

  • Some people think that the automobile has improved modern life. Others think that the automobile has caused serious problems. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • Do you drive your own car?
    • How has the ability to travel in an automobile been beneficial for you?
    • How have you seen automobiles cause problems?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. 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

Expression Definition
transportation (n) the act or process of moving people or things from one place to another
He needed reliable transportation to get to work.
automobile (n) a vehicle carrying passengers on streets and roads
She looked for her automobile in the crowded parking lot.
beneficial (adj) producing good or helpful results or effects
He found it beneficial to have his own source of transportation.
modern (adj) of or relating to the present time or the recent past; based on the newest information, methods or technology
What do you think of the modern vehicle design?
travel (v) to go on a trip or journey
She couldn’t wait to travel to another country.
drive (v) to direct the movement of something
The man had to drive the bus through crowded streets.
drop by (expression) visit without an appointment or planning ahead
Before heading to work, I wanted to drop by my sister’s house.
show up (expression) arrive, get somewhere
She was surprised he actually showed up since his car had broken down.
drive through (expression) to travel through an area in a vehicle
We had to drive through the mud to get to their house.
in the driver’s seat (expression) to be in control of a situation
When it came to knowing how to fix the problem, she was in the driver’s seat

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“The reality about transportation is that it’s future-oriented. If we’re planning for what we have, we’re behind the curve.”
― Anthony Foxx


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

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