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English Conversation – Buildings & Architecture

Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 12:04 PM
posted by Jo

Buildings and Architecture

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about buildings and architecture. In this topic we examine the way buildings have changed over time and how modern buildings compare to traditional ones. There is an audio discussion to listen to about the buildings in Prague, some useful vocabulary and a list of common conversation questions relating to this topic.

Audio Discussion

Download audio discussion about buildings

Download transcript of audio discussion

  • Have you ever been to Prague? If so, what did you think of its architecture?
  • Do you like visiting castles and cathedrals?
  • Would you like to live in a castle?

Building Vocabulary

Nouns

Balcony

Building

Brick

Ceiling

Concrete

Construction

Design

Innovation

Landmark

Skyscraper

Steel

Structure

Timber

Adjectives

Conventional

Curved

Exterior

Functional

Futuristic

High-rise

Innovative

Internal

Modern

Multi-storey

Old-fashioned

Ornate

Spacious

State-of-the-art

Traditional

Verbs

Build

Decorate

Demolish

Design

Develop

Invent

Maintain

Occupy

Reconstruct

Renovate

Support

Conversation Questions

  • Can you tell me an interesting building in your hometown?
  • Are there any famous buildings that you like?
  • Do you prefer modern or traditional buildings?
  • Do you have any important monuments in your country?
  • Have you visited an ancient building?
  • What can governments do to help protect important buildings and places?
  • What role do old buildings and new buildings play in modern society?
  • What changes have taken place in architecture in the past two decades?
  • Do you think it necessary to protect old buildings?
  • Why do you think ancient buildings are able to last for thousands of years while modern buildings are not?
  • How do you think ancient civilizations constructed large buildings?
  • How important are monuments in defining a nation and culture?
  • Do you think it is better to live in a house or an apartment?
  • What city’s architecture has impressed you the most?
  • Describe a building you dislike. Why don’t you like it?
  • Is there one type of building material you prefer in buildings? (e.g. stone, wood)
  • What do you think of your country’s modern architecture?
  • What do you think of your country’s traditional architecture?
  • There are many types of houses (underground, eco-friendly, rural, apartment). What kind of house would be your ideal house?
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2 Responses to “English Conversation – Buildings & Architecture”

  1. Toni says:

    Hi Jo!
    I’m glad to see that you are posting again in this session after a while…
    By the way, what wonderful job of yours! Congrats!

    And pleasee, keep posting!

    • Jo says:

      Hi Toni,

      Thanks very much for your comments and kind words.

      I will continue to make new postings in the coming weeks.

      Best wishes,

      Jo


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