Outer Space Exploration or Preserve Earth?

Conversation

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 governments should spend as much money as possible exploring outer space (for example, traveling to the Moon and to other planets). Other people disagree and think governments should spend this money for our basic needs on Earth. Which of these two opinions do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
    • What benefits are there in exploring outer space?
    • What benefits are there in helping the needs on Earth?
    • What could be some arguments of the opposing perspective?

Vocabulary

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
outer space (n) the physical universe beyond earth’s atmosphere
To some, outer space may seem like a dark and scary place since we don’t know much about it.
astronomy (n) branch of science that deals with space and the physical universe
Since he loved stars, astronomy was always his favorite subject in school.
adventurous (adj) willing to take risks
Astronauts need to be adventurous in order to be willing to go up into space.
vast (adj) of great extent
We don’t even know how vast outer space is.
explore (v) travel in or through
With the vast opportunities, they wanted to explore what was out there.
implore (v) beg desperately to do something
He implored his parents to let him go to space camp.
come from (expression) originate in
They often wondered where all these strange processes came from.
check out (expression) investigate, look into
Even as a kid, he always wanted to check out the space station.
send out (expression) cause to go to another location
They had to send out a memo explaining their idea of the new initiative.
cost an arm and a leg (expression) very expensive
They realized that the project would cost an arm and a leg just to get started.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“And we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.”
― John Lennon

Wrap-up

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

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