Earth vs. Human

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 believe that the Earth is being harmed (damaged) by human activity. Others feel that human activity makes the Earth a better place to live. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what ways could human activity harm the earth?
    • In what ways could human activity benefit the earth?
    • Could there be a balance between the two?

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
pollution (n) the introduction of something that is harmful for the environment
With the increase in car travel, there was more pollution in the air.
advantage (n) something that puts someone in a favorable position
His biology background gave him an advantage in helping their community.
harmful (adj) likely to cause harm
Smoking can be very harmful for your lungs.
beneficial (adj) favorable or advantageous
He thought it was beneficial they were being conscious of the environment.
misuse (v) use something for the wrong purpose
People sometimes misuse natural resources.
rescue (v) save from danger
He made it his mission to rescue his neighborhood tree.
be out of (expression) have no more left
Soon, they’ll be out of money to save for the organization.
break down (expression) stop working
The wood started to break down because of the harsh weather.
fight off (expression) resist something
We had to fight off the mosquitos during our camping trip.
every cloud has a silver lining (expression) good things come after bad
Even though the house had burned, he realized that every cloud has a silver lining when they could get new things.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Look deep into nature and you will be able to understand everything better.”
― Albert Einstein

Wrap-up

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

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