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.
- Should a city try to preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
- What are the advantages of preserving historic buildings?
- What are the advantages of replacing historic buildings?
- What is one of your favorite historic building you’ve seen?
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.
|landmark||(n) a location easily seen or having significance
|building||(n) structure with a roof and walls
Each developer had a different design for the new building.
|historical||(adj) concerning past events
Not everyone knew the historical significance of the house.
|modern||(adj) relating to the present or recent times
They were looking for a more modern appearance on the block.
|preserve||(v) maintain something in its original state
Some want to preserve historical landmarks because of their importance in the community.
|demolish||(v) to destroy
They needed all the signatures before they could demolish the building.
|tear down||(expression) destroy completely
In four days, they were going to tear down the beloved monument.
|fall through||(expression) fail, doesn’t happen
The plans for the new building were going to fall through if they didn’t do anything.
|wear out||(expression) to become unusable
The steps going up to the front have begun to wear out.
|bet the ranch||(expression) risk everything you have
When making the decision, he bet the ranch that he was right.
Read the following quote out loud.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
― Winston Churchill