Choice for Teenagers

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.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents or other adult relatives should make important decisions for their older (15 to 18year-old) teenage children. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
    • What are the benefits of having a parent or relative make decisions for children?
    • What could be concerning about having a parent make decisions for their children?
    • What kind of important decisions do you think would be included in this argument?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have a 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
decision (n) conclusion reached
She made the decision to leave very quickly.
authority (n) the power to make decisions
Even though they weren’t her biological parents, they still had authority over her.
indecisive (adj) not settling an issue
He tended to be very indecisive when it came to knowing what to do.
definitive (adj) decision reached with authority
Without any arguing, she accepted the definitive answer.
determine (v) make a decision or choice from alternatives
She didn’t know how to determine the right action on her own.
permit (v) allow someone to do something
She hoped that her mother would permit her to go to the concert.
abide by (expression) accept or follow a decision
As long as she lived in their house, she had to abide by their rules.
cut off (expression) disconnect, remove
He was going to be cut off from communication if he disobeyed again.
hold on (expression) wait, hesitate
Her parents wanted to hold on to whatever decisions they could still make for her.
own flesh and blood (expression) member of your family
He couldn’t believe they were his own flesh and blood with how different they were.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
― Tony Robbins

Wrap-up

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

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