Big City Small World - "We have a mission"

Series One Episode Four: We Have a Mission  - Olivia, Magda, Sarah and Fadi talk about their job offer to Harry and his fee.  We also learn why Sarah is being kicked out of her house.  

  1. Listening/Reading
    1. Prelistening:
      1. English sentences are made up of at least one clause, which contains a subject, a verb and usually an object.  For example, “The boy sees a cat.”  “The boy” is the noun phrase that makes the subject, then comes the verb ‘sees’ and finally the object, “ a cat”.  If you’re unfamiliar with clauses or word order, review the grammar here first.  This episode has many sentences that combine clauses into one sentence to make a compound sentence.
    2. First time listening to the audio
      1. Remember both Fadi and Olivia offered Harry a job but were surprised at how expensive his work would be.  Listen for who decides to probably hire Harry and who thinks it’s too expensive.…
      2. Listen to Harry’s introduction again.  This time, use the transcript provided below. The girls tease Fadi a little, why?  Why was Sarah kicked out of her house?  Why is she worried.…
      3. Listen to Harry a third time.  Try not to use the transcript.  There’s some slang, too.  What do you think Fadi means when he says, “I like to keep them keen.”?
    3. Comprehension
      1. Complete the questions for each task tab below the transcript.…
  2. Speaking
    1. Prepare for an exchange with your partner.  Write down some questions about the kind of houses and apartments they have in their city?  How do people find places to live?  Where do students live?  Are universities in expensive cities?  Do they have special housing?  Describe Fadi to your language partner.  Ask if he is like a typical young person in their country.
    2. Meet with your language partner.  Try your best to only speak in English for 30 minutes.  Of course, be sure to then provide your partner with an equal amount of time to practice our native language as well.
  3. Writing
    1. Write a summary of your exchange with your partner on the Mixxer blog.  Compare housing with your partner’s country and your own.