Tianjin Laoren English lesson 3: Being filial, making wishes.

Nimen Hao,

welcome to our third lesson.

Today we will finish the last exercise from lesson two (a F2F exercise, from the advanced book, copied below)

Then we will talk about Chinese beliefs in being filial, as this week is Grave Sweeping Day.

After that we can do some exercises on making wishes (from F2F, intermediate)

Class reading: Where’s my Mobile?

Listen to reading r12.1 from the Upper Intermediate F2F Book

Now let’s read it together. Here is the transcript.





Class exercise one

Fill in the gaps in these sentences with one word.

  1. It might be in the ….
  2. Yeah, of course, but it must be switched ….
  3. Or someone could have taken it from your ….
  4. But someone might be using it to phone
  5. Then we popped into that trendy new cafe for a ….
  6. OK, so you didn’t leave it in the ….
  7. So you may have left it on the …
  8. You can’t have left it at the ….
  9. He might have been waiting for a chance to …. my phone.

Being filial in China

This week is grave sweeping day, when we pay respect to our ancestors. Let’s talk that kind of respect and how its practiced in China.

Group exercise one

Try to imagine we are explaining the beliefs and practices to an English-speaking friend. How do you think it is different from the way English-speaking people regard their ancestors, and from how they behave towards their ancestors?

Making wishes (from F2F intermediate, p92).

Class exercise two.

Guess the meaning of the words/phrases in the following sentences.

  1. I really fancy going away for the weekend.
  2. I can’t be bothered to cook this evening.
  3. I’m completely broke at the moment.
  4. I don’t feel up to going out after class.
  5. I often hang around for a bit after class.
  6. I’d like to have a go at writing a book.
  7. I’m really into yoga at the moment.
  8. It’s not up to me when I have a holiday.
  9. I could do with a cup of coffee right now.
  10. I’m sick of working/studying so hard.
  11. I reckon I’ll do quite we;; in my next English test.
  12. I’m off now, bye.

Now, choose three sentences from the list that are true to you. Tell you group your sentences. The group should ask follow-up questions and try to keep the conversation going for a little while.

Listen to the following recording, and then read it with me (sentence by sentence)




Class exercise three

a. Fill in the gaps with one or two words

  1. I wish we had a …
  2. I wish I could come…
  3. I wish we weren’t so …
  4. I wish we didn’t have to go to this …
  5. I wish you were coming to the … with me.

b. Look at the above sentences. Do they talk about the present or the past?

c. Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

  1. I wish we … (can) stay at home instead.
  2. I wish I …. (not have to) work so hard all the time.
  3. I wish I …. (be) a professional footballer.
  4. I wish we … (have) a new washing machine too.
  5. I wish we … (do) something more interesting.
  6. I wish she … (like) football.
  7. I wish I … (can) get out of going to this party.
  8. I wish we … (have) a meail in a nice restaurant.

Group exercise two

Working in your small groups, write sentences with wish for these situations.

1. I have to study all evening

I wish I didn’t have to study all evening.

2. I’m sitting in a traffic jam.

3. We have to get up early every day.

4. I can’t remember her phone number.

5. My husband’s working late.

6. I don’t know how to sail.

7. We don’t have enough money for a new car.

Group exercise three

a. Working in your small groups, take turns to tell each other about your wishes and how your life would be different if they came true. As follow-up questions if you can.

b. Now tell us eachother about your wishes for family members or friends. How do you think their life/lives would be different of that/those wish/es came true? Ask follow up questions if you can.

Which are the most unusual or surprising wishes?


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