Is Progress Good?


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 that progress is always good? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what ways does progress benefit you?
    • In what ways does progress not benefit you?
    • What are some examples from history that support your point?


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
progress (n) forward or onward movement
She wondered if progress was always a good thing in making things better.
hurdle (n) obstacle or hindrance
Although they faced several hurdles during their long project, they finally succeeded.
innovative (adj) featuring new methods
The kids were so innovative in their new creations.
constructive (adj) serving a purpose
She was always willing to receive constructive criticism to become better at what she was doing.
advance (v) move forward in a purposeful way
They asked her to advance their project to the next level.
experiment (v) try something out to determine a conclusion
He had to experiment with several outcomes.
try out (expression) attempt to do something
We had to try out several solutions before we found one that worked.
rise above (expression) not be affected by something negative
She knew she could rise above any challenge she faced.
sign on (expression) agree to participate
Although he was reluctant to join, he finally decided to sign on to the project.
cover a lot of ground (expression) get a lot of things done, learn a lot
With so much to learn, it’s important to cover a lot of ground during each session.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


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

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