English Conversation – Ancient Places
Ancient Places and Civilizations
This is the preparation material for an English Conversation Lesson about Ancient Places and Civilizations. Watch a video about the fascinating ancient site of Machu Picchu; discover some common phrasal verbs that we might use when talking about ancient places; and learn how to answer conversation questions about this interesting subject.
A video about the Ancient Civilization of Machu Picchu
- Do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that sites like Machu Picchu have been opened up to the world?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages?
- Do you think it is right for people to capitalize on the ancient sites, for example, by selling souvenirs?
Closed off – when an area has been blocked to stop people from entering
Why are some areas of ancient sites, for example, certain tombs in Egypt, closed-off to stop tourists entering?
Run-down – in disrepair
Why do you think some amazing ancient sites have become run-down and are not preserved?
Mock-up – a model showing how something will look when it is built or how it used to look when it existed.
How do you think mock-ups are useful in helping us understand more about ancient sites?
Laid out – how something is arranged, its structure
What is interesting about the way the Machu Picchu site is laid out?
Steeped in – 'steeped in tradition' means it has a lot of tradition.
To what extent do you think that the place you live is steeped in tradition?
Conversation Questions about Ancient Places
- Do you think old buildings and monuments are more beautiful than modern ones?
- Why do you think ancient buildings are able to last for thousands of years while modern buildings are not?
- Are there any ancient monuments in your country?
- How important are ancient monuments in defining a nation and culture?
- How do you think ancient civilizations constructed such enormous structures, such as the pyramids?
- Why do some civilizations seem to disappear mysteriously?
- Are there any ancient ruins you would really like to visit?
- Which do you think is the most mysterious ancient site?
- What is problem with ancient sites becoming popular tourist destinations?
- Do you think there are many more ancient sites which have not been discovered yet?