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Expert Conversation: Technology and Internet

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Hey, sister. Mom’s been calling you for dinner.
I will be there in five minutes.

Five minutes? Your ‘five minutes’ takes five hours! Come on. Put your phone down, and let’s eat.
Okay, if you insist. It is as if I’m the only one who can’t be bothered when with a gadget. You are practically glued to gaming computer most of the time.

Well, ‘most of the time’ is not this time. Anyway, you’ll love what mom cooked tonight–grilled salmon!
You should’ve said that earlier. Yummy!

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. Are there any new gadgets that you really want to get?
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2. What gadgets did you use before but are obsolete now?
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3. If you would have only one gadget with you, what would it be?
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4. Does the brand of the gadget matters to you when buying a new one?
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5. What do you usually do on the internet? Do you shop online?
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6. What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen on the internet?
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7. What are some security or privacy issues you must think about when you access the internet?
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8. Is it expensive to access the internet in your country?
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9. How do you think our lives have been improved by the use of the internet?
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10. If you would have an internet-based business what would it be?
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Expert Conversation: Travel

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Ron and you will be Emma. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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I heard you’re flying to Germany next month.
That’s true. I’m going with mom and dad to visit my brother there. He’s got a permanent residency visa. My sister-in-law is German, by the way.

Cool. You might as well tour around while you’re there. I went on a fellowship in Berlin two years ago. The metropolitan areas and the countryside are equally breathtaking.
So I’ve heard from my brother’s stories. I’ve only been there once for three days, and I deeply regret how I never get to see places like the Black Forest and the King’s Lake.

Well, don’t forget my souvenirs.
Of course, I won’t. See you in a month, Ron.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. Have you been abroad? / Do you plan to go abroad?
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2. What are your best and worst travel experiences?
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3. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
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4. What is your most preferred mode of transportation?
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5. Have you ever gotten lost while travelling?
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6. What are some things that you always take with you on a trip?
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7. If you were to live in a foreign country for the rest of your life, which country would it be?
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8. What are the popular tourist destinations in your country?
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9. Name three places that you don’t want to travel to. Why?
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10. Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
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Expert Conversation: Animals and Pets

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Is it just me, or did I hear a dog bark?
There’s nothing wrong with your hearing, brother. I finally managed to adopt the dog I’ve been eyeing at the shelter. Come with me at the backyard, and go say ‘hello’.

He’s cute. What do you call him?
His name is Milo. He’s a two-year-old Siberian Husky. Isn’t he adorable?

He is. Have you brought him to the vet, yet? We need to be sure about his health.
Not yet. I just got him here this morning. Could you drive us to Dr. Atkinson’s at 2 pm? We could also get him other stuff on the way.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. Do you have a pet? Would you consider getting a pet?
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2. What is its name? What would you name your pet when you get one?
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3. What is the best pet to own?
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4. What are the pros and cons of keeping a pet?
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5. Do you know someone who owns an unusual pet?
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6. Which animals frighten you the most?
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7. Do you consider yourself an animal lover?
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8. Have you ever been bitten by an animal before?
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9. Do you think it is okay to free animals that have been in captivity all their lives?
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10. If you would be an animal, what would you be? Why?
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Expert Conversation: Traffic and Transportation

LESSON GOAL

Let’s check our lesson goal.
In this material, you will learn how to talk about traffic and transportation in an advanced English conversation.

PART A_1

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

PART A_2

Sorry, I’m late. I hadn’t expected heavy traffic on a Thursday afternoon.
It’s quite alright. You’re only 10 minutes late, and I’ve just arrived. I’m late, too. It just so happen that I came in earlier than you did.

The traffic congestion here is really bad. I drove here from my place for about two hours when it should normally take me 45 minutes.
At least you are in the comfort of your own car. I had to take the train.

Oh, no. How insensitive of me.
It’s no problem, really. It’s just unfortunate that my car’s still being serviced.

PART B_1

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

PART B_2

1. How do you commute to work or school?
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2. Describe your ideal commute to work or school.
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3. What’s the most readily available form of public transportation where you live?
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4. What is your most favorite form of transportation?
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5. At what age does the average person obtain a driver’s license?
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6. Have you ever missed your last train or bus home? If so, how did you get home?
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7. Is it safe to ride a bike in your city?
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8. Have you ever seen a traffic accident?
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9. Are traffic accidents a major cause of death in your country?
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10. How do you think countries can reduce congestion on the roads?
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REVIEW AND FEEDBACK

Now, let us review the things that you learned in this lesson.
(Please give a short feedback on how your student did on your class.)
Grammar
文法
Pronunciation 発音 Vocabulary
単語
Comprehension
理解
GOOD 文法の誤りはほとんどなく、完全な文章で話すことができる ほとんどの単語をはっきりと正しく発音することができる 習った表現を適切に使うことができる 文章を理解し、質問に正しく答えることができる

FAIR
文法の誤りはあるが、完全な文章で話すことができる 発音の練習が必要な言葉がいくつかある たまにミスはあるが、習った表現を適切に使うことができる 文章を完全に理解するのは難しく、質問に正しく答えられないときもある

POOR
文章で話すのは難しく、単語だけで話すことができる 発音の練習が必要である 習った単語と表現を少しだけ使うことができる 文章を理解するのは難しく、質問に答えるのは難しい
TUTOR FEEDBACK

GRAMMAR
Good: Was able to speak in complete sentences with minimal grammatical errors.
Fair: Was able to speak in complete sentences with evident grammatical errors.
Poor: Was able to speak using words only.
PRONUNCIATION
Good: Was able to pronounce most of the words clearly and correctly.
Fair: Mispronounced a few words.
Poor: Mispronounced most of the words.
VOCABULARY
Good: Used appropriate expressions learned in class.
Fair: Used appropriate expressions learned in class and made a few errors in word choice.
Poor: Used only a few words and expressions.
COMPREHENSION
Good: Was able to understand the passages and answer the questions correctly.
Fair: Had a little difficulty in understanding passages and answering questions.
Poor: Had a hard time understanding passages and answering questions.

Expert Conversation: Hobbies

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Hey, sister. Are you alright? You look like tomorrow’s the end of the world.
I’m alright. This is nothing. I’m just stressed about work lately. It has been hectic in the office since the beginning of this quarter. What’s up?

Same old, same old. How about you join me for tennis this afternoon? If you have nothing important to do, that is. You’ve been cooped up here all day long.
I have to pass, sorry. I’d rather sleep my stress all weekend.

Live up a little, sister. It’s not going to hurt if you pick up a hobby or two to entertain yourself on your days off.
I do have hobbies, you know. I just didn’t have time for them for the past few weeks. Anyway, since you insist, count me in. I’ll call Ron and Emma, and see if they can join us.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. How do you like to spend your free time?
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2. What are your hobbies?
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3. Does your hobby influence your choice of friends?
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4. Does your hobby influence your career choice?
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5. Does your hobby sometimes interfere with your work/study/personal life?
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6. Which hobbies are the most popular with women in your country? With men?
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7. Are there any activities that you used to do but don’t do anymore? Why did you stop?
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8. Which hobbies are the most expensive and the cheapest?
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9. If you had more free time, what would you do with it?
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10. Do people’s free time activities change as they get older? How?
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Expert Conversation: Jobs and Employment

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.
READ


I’ve been thinking about getting a new job. Do you think this is a good idea?
Is this a major career change or you’re seeking better opportunities somewhere other than your current employer?

I’m not planning on a change of career, at all. I love my job as an editor. It’s just that, there is too much office politics going on. I find it hard to do my job in that kind of environment.
I can sympathize. I left my previous job for the same reasons. I suggest you go over your options carefully before you decide. You can also communicate the situation with your employer.

Those are pretty solid ideas. I’m glad that I talked to you. Thanks.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.
ANSWER

1. What is a typical day at your current job like?
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2. Would you consider a part-time job? What would it be?
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3. Would you consider working abroad? Where would you like to work?
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4. What is your dream job?
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5. What are the most in-demand jobs in your country right now?
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6. What do you consider a successful career and why?
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7. If you had to choose between a satisfying job and a well-paid one, which one would you choose?
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8. Do you see any unfair labor practices in your country?
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9. If money weren’t a problem for you, which job would take?
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10. At what age do you plan to retire?
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Expert Conversation: Jobs and Employment

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

I’ve been thinking about getting a new job. Do you think this is a good idea?
Is this a major career change or you’re seeking better opportunities somewhere other than your current employer?

I’m not planning on a change of career, at all. I love my job as an editor. It’s just that, there is too much office politics going on. I find it hard to do my job in that kind of environment.
I can sympathize. I left my previous job for the same reasons. I suggest you go over your options carefully before you decide. You can also communicate the situation with your employer.

Those are pretty solid ideas. I’m glad that I talked to you. Thanks.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. What is a typical day at your current job like?
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2. Would you consider a part-time job? What would it be?
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3. Would you consider working abroad? Where would you like to work?
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4. What is your dream job?
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5. What are the most in-demand jobs in your country right now?
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6. What do you consider a successful career and why?
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7. If you had to choose between a satisfying job and a well-paid one, which one would you choose?
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8. Do you see any unfair labor practices in your country?
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9. If money weren’t a problem for you, which job would take?
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10. At what age do you plan to retire?
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Expert Conversation: Money and Budgeting

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

May I borrow 500 bucks, sister? I need to have my car serviced.
Sure. Let me get my wallet. Here.

Thank you so much! You’re a lifesaver. I left my wallet at Aunt Nelly’s house. I was hoping to get it today, but my car won’t start.
It’s alright. I understand. Just be sure to return the money by next week. I’m on a strict budget these days.

Strict budget? I thought you’re getting paid well on your job.
Yes, I am. I’m just saving up for a room renovation, is all.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. Do you think it’s wise to own two or more credit cards?
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2. What’s the first thing you will do/buy if you were given one million US dollars?
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3. What do you think are the best ways to prepare for one’s retirement?
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4. What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought without much thought?
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5. Imagine you earned a lot of money, where would you use it for and why?
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6. Which is more important, the price or the quality of the goods?
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7. If you were to remove some expenses in your budget, what would it be?
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8. What can you advice to people who are over-spending money?
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9. Name other ways in saving money without depriving yourself.
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10. What do you think will happen if majority of people are over-spending money?
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Expert Conversation: Health

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Sister, do you have Dr. Reid’s contact number?
I do. What do you need it for? Are you sick or something?

Actually, I’ve been feeling lethargic as of late. I don’t know what caused it.
That sounds serious. Here’s Dr. Reid ‘s number. Be sure to get an appointment with him soon. Is there anything else that you’ve noticed about your health? I’m worried.

Well, aside from feeling so sleepy even after a good night’s rest, none. I just find it difficult to get anything done at work because of this. I randomly fall asleep, too.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. When was the last time you were sick?
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2. What disease frightens you the most?
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3. What is the health service like in your country?
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4. Do you consider yourself healthy?
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5. Have you ever tried any alternative health therapies?
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6. Do you have unhealthy habits?
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7. Have you ever been into an accident and sustained an injury?
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8. Would you consider donating your organs after your death?
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9. Many say that the government has a bigger responsibility on maintaining public health than individual people. Do you agree or disagree?
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10. What medical advancements would like to see in the future?
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Expert Conversation: Food and Dining

WARM UP

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

I brought wine. Pinot Noir—dad’s favorite. What are we having for dinner, sister?
Haven’t thought of it, yet. What do you like?

Nothing in particular. Do you feel like cooking tonight? If not, we could try dining in the newly opened Italian restaurant three blocks from here. What do you think?
Since you brought wine, I think I’ll cook something to go with it. Are you okay with grilled salmon and pesto pasta?

I think they would go very well with this wine. Mom and I love your grilled salmon. I’ll help you prepare.
Sure. Let’s go take a quick trip to the supermarket first.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. What are your favorite local and foreign foods?
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2. Do you ever skip breakfast? If so, how often and why?
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3. How often do you eat at fast food restaurants?
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4. Do you prefer bringing home-cooked lunch or eating out when you’re at work (or in school)?
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5. How is the food in your work (or school) cafeteria?
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6. Have you ever eaten something that made you ill?
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7. Is there any food that you wouldn’t eat as a child that you eat now?
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8. If you were to eat only one kind of food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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9. What special foods do you eat on holidays? (Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc.)
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10. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
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