New High School in Your Town

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.

  • It has recently been announced that a new high school may be built in your community. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details in your answer
    • What would be some benefits to having a new high school in your community?
    • What would be some negatives to having a new high school in your community?
    • What could be a compromise between the two viewpoints?

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
clique (n) small group of people with similar interests
Even teachers seemed to form their own cliques among their coworkers.
dispute (n) disagreement or argument
The teachers got into a heated dispute.
argumentative (adj) expressing diverging ideas
He came off as very argumentative in the discussion.
academic (adj) relating to learning
They just wanted a new academic building for their students.
renovate (v) return to a good state
The school would be renovated rather than totally rebuilt.
unveil (v) reveal or announce publically
They couldn’t wait to unveil the new park to the rest of the community.
approve of (expression) to agree with a decision
Does she approve of your actions?
belong to (expression) be a member of
They wanted to belong to the new school but they weren’t allowed to.
break away (expression) leave an organization
The other teachers decided to break away from the school and start their own.
get a run for one’s money (expression) receiving a challenge
The school dispute gave the principal a run for his money in having to make difficult decisions.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”
― Guy Finley

Wrap-up

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

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