A Custom from Your Country

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.

  • Describe a custom from your country that you would like people from other countries to adopt. Explain your choice, using specific reasons and examples.
    • What are some things you would want to share about your culture?
    • What would people find interesting about such custom?
    • Why would this custom be the one you choose to share?

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
custom (n) traditional way of doing something
She found it interesting that people may have different customs
ritual (n) series of actions done in a particular way
She wanted to follow her typical religious rituals when she moved.
ceremonial (adj) relating to formal events
Weddings are often ceremonial in nature.
typical (adj) having distinctive qualities of a particular thing
A custom is what is often typical of someone’s culture.
perform (v) carry out, accomplish
She performed the customary handshake she wanted to share with her friends.
participate (v) take part
She was hesitant to participate in the story.
warm up (expression) prepare for exercise
Before she did the dance, she needed to warm up so she could do it well.
try on (expression) sample clothing
All her friends wanted to try on her gown.
run through (expression) rehearse
Since she knew the custom already, they only had to run through the ceremony once.
up in the air (expression) uncertain
The time they were supposed to arrive was still up in the air.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.”
― Adora Svitak

Wrap-up

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

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