Lesson #5: Big City Small World "Meet Sarah"

Our next character is Sarah.

  1. Listening/Reading
    1. Prelistening:
      1. Sarah will talk about why she is in London, where she is from, and what she likes about London. By now, you should be getting pretty comfortable with these conversations.  What places do you think she’ll mention?  Where do you think she may be from?  Try the preparation vocabulary as well.  They also offer clues about her introduction.
        1. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/big-city-small-world/meet-sar…
    2. First time listening to the audio.
      1. First time - Listen for words Sarah uses to describe London.  What does she like about the city?  What doesn’t she like?
        1. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/big-city-small-world/meet-sar…
      2. Second time - Listen to the audio again, you can use the transcript if you like as well.  You should be able to describe Sarah, why she is in London, and where she met her friend Olivia.
    3. Comprehension
      1. This video comes with several comprehension tasks.  Complete each one by clicking the tabs that say “Task”.  If you had trouble, listen to the audio again with the help of the transcript.
  2. Speaking
    1. Prepare for a conversation with your language partner by writing some questions.  Think of all the towns and cities you know.  Prepare at least 20 questions.  What are the positives and negatives of each place?  Prepare questions for your partner asking them which cities they have visited or read about.  What did they like or not like?  If you’re not familiar with the use of the past tense, you’ll also want to review some grammar before meeting your partner.  http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/past-tense
    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 your native language as well.
  3. Writing
    1. Write a summary of your exchange with your partner on the Mixxer blog.  Write a description of several locations comparing their positive and negative qualities.