Book vs. Movie


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.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Reading fiction (such as novels and short stories) is more enjoyable than watching movies. Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
    • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
    • Do you learn more from watching a movie or from reading fiction?
    • Which method do you think increases your learning overall?


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
literature (n) written works
Reading good literature helps you become a better writer.
theater (n) where movies or shows are displayed
He never wanted to go to the theater to watch a movie.
convenient (adj) fitting in well with a person’s needs
Watching a movie can be more convenient than reading a novel.
enjoyable (adj) giving delight or pleasure
Watching the movie with him was an enjoyable time.
view (v) look at or inspect something
She always wanted to view the latest video. 
escape (v) to break free
I love to escape by reading a really good novel.
play out (expression) progress until something is finished
She couldn’t wait to see how the plot would play out.
ramp up (expression) increase amount, price or speed of something
When he started class, he decided to ramp up his reading level.
fall back on (expression) be able to use in an emergency
When the power was out, he was glad he could always fall back on reading with a candle. 
make a long story short (expression) to come to the point about something, leave out details
Rather than dragging his story on, he made a long story short and described what happened in just a few words.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George Martin


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

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