Young Can’t Teach Old


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? There is nothing that young people can teach older people. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
    • When was a time you learned something from someone older than you?
    • When was a time you learned something from someone younger than you?
    • What value is there in learning from others?


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
wisdom (n) the quality of having experience and knowledge
Her grandfather could always share some wisdom which she appreciated.
ageism (n) prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s age
They were very careful not to fall into any ageism issues when selecting candidates.
youthful (adj) young or seemingly young
She didn’t consider herself to be youthful anymore. 
teachable (adj) able to learn by being taught
With a teachable attitude, you can learn anything you want. 
appreciate (v) recognize the full worth of
The elderly lady appreciated the girl’s willingness to help. 
mend (v) repair, return to a whole
When he taught his grandson how to fish, their relationships mended.
get on with (expression) continue to do
Before the sun went down, they had to get on with their travels.
fit in with (expression) be convenient or doesn’t disrupt
He wasn’t sure he could fit in with all the younger kids. 
pick up on (expression) notice something most people don’t
Even though she hadn’t played it before, she picked up on the trumpet very quickly.
teach an old dog new tricks (expression) the ability to learn something new
Since he learned how to text, his grandson no longer thought that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
― Anonymous


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

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