Influence of Family


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 family is the most important influence on young adults. Other people think that friends are the most important influence on young adults. Which view do you agree with? Use examples to support your position.
    • Who has had a big influence on your life?
    • How have your friends influenced your life?
    • How has your family influenced your life?


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
encouragement (n) the action of giving someone support, confidence or hope
He offered her encouragement when she was feeling sad.
trust (n) firm belief in the reliability of someone
She could always remember that sustainable friendships were build on the trust of each other. 
wise (adj) having or showing experience, knowledge and good judgment
Her parents were always a wise voice in her head.
coerced (adj) to be persuaded to do something by force or threat
His friends coerced him to do the wrong thing. 
influence (v) the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something
Her friends were not a positive influence on her decision-making.
shape (v) determine the nature of, to have great influence on
Growing up with six brothers shaped who she was. 
rely on (expression) to count on, depend on
She had to rely on her family when she faced a difficult situation.
count on (expression) to rely or depend on
Her friends were always people she could count on.
give in (expression) to cease opposition, yield
He finally had to give in to what his family had said. 
run in the family (expression) to be a hereditary trait
Her passion to succeed must run in the family, as her father was the same way. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
― Helen Keller


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

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