Welcome to Year 1, Week 8, Lesson 1.8.2. Today we will work on your English listening and reading comprehension via 3 of our Conversation Topics for English Learners activities.
Part 1: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.
You can’t do everything yourself. If you need a car fixed, you go to a mechanic. If you need a vaccine, you go to a doctor. If you need food, you go to a grocer. Today’s conversation topic for English learners is “Having Things Done”. Imagine yourself in Los Angeles, California, speaking English, and participating in conversations in English about having things done. What would you say? What would others say? Here are a few suggestions:
— Your car breaks down on the highway. Since you have no phone, you walk to the nearest exit and find a car shop. What would you say? What would the mechanic say?
— You have a stain on your favorite shirt and want to take it out, so you go to the neighborhood dry cleaners. What would you talk about with the dry cleaners sales person?
— You’re organizing a party and you want to have a barbeque outside. You need lots of meat for grilling, so you go to the meat department at your favorite supermarket. What would you ask the butcher? What would the butcher tell you?
A lot of conversations in English are about getting things done. Think about these examples as well as make-up examples of your own. Practice makes perfect, when it comes to learning English.
Part 2: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.
Many people prefer to send e-mails or texts instead of letters. Yet, sometimes writing and sending a letter is important. Today’s conversation topic for English learners is “Mailing Letters”. Imagine you’re in the United States of America and you’re having conversations in English about mailing letters. What would you do and say? What would others say? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re at a post office, waiting in line to send your letters because you don’t have any postage stamps available. What would you say? What would the postal employee say?
— You’ve just had an interview and your room mate suggests you send the employer a formal thank you letter. What would you tell your room mate? What would your room mate tell you?
— You’re talking with your family about Uncle Joe, who lives far away and has no e-mail or phone. You want to invite him to come for Thanksgiving. Your family suggests you write him a letter. What would you tell your family? What would your family tell you?
Writing letters is much more formal and personal than writing an e-mail or a text. People really appreciate when you put the effort of writing a letter.
Part 3: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again. Finally, add a comment about what you learned from Parts 1, 2, and 3 in the comments section below.
Humans have a fascination with animals. Whether they’re pets or wild animals, people want to see them and understand them better. Today’s conversation topic for English Learners is “Animals”. What conversations would you have with others about animals? What would others say to you? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re at a pet store with your parents since you’ve decided to get a pet. You’re looking at cats, dogs, and reptiles. What would you say to your parents? What would your parents say to you?
— You’re at the park with your dog when you see a dog trainer who’s conducting a class. You want to train your dog as well. What would you say to the dog trainer? What would the dog trainer say to you?
— You’re at an Animal Shelter and you’re looking at cats, hoping you could adopt one. What would you say to the animal shelter employee? What would the employee tell you?
Many Americans care about animals and are pet owners. You may want to think about and practice talking in English about animals.