English Conversation – Buildings & 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 courtesy of elllo.org
- 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?
- 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?