Agreeing and disagreeing. Chapter two from Face2Face.
Look at the photo. Who are the people? What are they doing?
Let’s do the reading (you can listen to the transcript R2.6).
JAMES Jenny, you haven’t touched your sandwich. Look, Liam has nearly finished his. (Don’t want it.) OK, go and play with Harriet then. Oh dear, she’s hardly eaten anything.
HAZEL Don’t worry about it. It’s best just to let kids eat when they want.
LILY don’t know about that. I think it’s important for kids to get used to good eating habits as early as possible. That’s what I did with my kids, and when I look after Liam that’s what I do with him. Right from the word go, you should make them stay at the table until they finish their food.
H I can’t really see the point of forcing kids to eat. I think that just makes kids hate meal times and food becomes a bigger problem.
L Oh, do you think so? I think if kids aren’t allowed to play until they’ve eaten their food they soon learn to empty their plates. You have to be strict right from the beginning or they just get into bad habits.
J I see what you mean.
H Oh, I wouldn’t say that. I’ve never been strict with Harriet and she eats anything. All you have to do is make it fun, like, for example letting them help when you’re getting food ready.
J I see your point. I must admit we always send Jenny out of the kitchen when we’re cooking.
L Quite right too. It’s dangerous in a kitchen for a five-year-old.
J I suppose that’s true, actually.
H But life’s dangerous for a five-year-old. They’re always falling down and stuff. And I don’t mean …I’m not suggesting you leave the kid alone in the kitchen to make the meal. You’re there supervising everything.
J I should imagine it slows everything down if they’re helping you.
H OK yes, but on the other hand they’re learning valuable life lessons.
J Mmm. You might be right there. That’s a good point.
L Well, I’m still not convinced. What can a five-year-old do to help in the kitchen?
H Little things like letting them get things for you out of the fridge or the cupboards. Or let them wash the vegetables for you. Just simple things.
J You mean, sort of make it a game.
L But Harriet’s a girl.
H Well, I can’t argue with that.
L No, I mean I don’t think little boys are interested in that kind of thing, do you?
J Oh, I don’t think that’s necessarily the case at all.
H Yes, and you’ll never find out if he’s interested unless you give it a go. Anyway, it’s important that boys learn how to cook, don’t you think?
L I suppose you’ve got a point there. Right,
Liam, time to go. You’re doing the cooking this evening.
Answer these questions.
- Who thinks that parents should be strict about children’s eating habits?
- Who doesn’t agree with being strict?
- Who doesn’t have a strong opinion on the subject?
Fill in the gaps with James, Lily or Hazel.
- ……. is having trouble persuading his/her child to eat.
- …….. believes the way to encourage children to eat is to make meal times fun.
- ……… and don’t let their children help them prepare food.
- ………. and agree that letting children help you cook slow things clown.
- ….. and …….. agree it’s important that boys leam to cook.
Look at these sentences.
Are they ways of agreeing (A) or disagreeing (D)?
- I don’t know about that. D
- 1 can’t really see the point of (forcing kids to eat).
- Oh, do you think so?
- 1 see what you mean.
- Oh, I wouldn’t say that.
- 1 see your point.
- 1 suppose that’s true, actually.
- You might be right there.
- That’s a good point.
- Well, I’m still not convinced.
- Well, I can’t argue with that.
- 1 suppose you’ve got a point there.
TIP! We often follow an agreement phrase with but to challenge the other person’s opinion: I see what you mean, but I think it’s much better to let them eat when they want.
Look at the underlined phrases. Tick the correct phrases. Change the incorrect ones.
- I used to go out with friends’ last night.
- I’m usually waking up at 7 a.m.
- I’d have pets when 1 was a child.
- Occasionally I’ll stay in at the weekends, but I normally go out.
- I’m always lose things.
- I didn’t use to watch as much TV as I do now.
Make sentences 1-6 true for you.
Find four things that you have in common. Use these words/phrase.
rarely more often than not
seldom once in a while
occasionally most weeks
every now and again
Fill in the gaps with a preposition.
1 I’m excited … moving house.
2 I’m afraid we’re not satisfied …. the service.
3 I’m not aware …. Any problems.
4 We’re very fond …. dogs.
5 He was disappointed …. His results.
6 I’m impressed …. the food.
7 I’m sick ….. waiting for her.
8 They’re not sure ….. the colour.
9 Jon’s famous ….. being late.
10 I’m shocked ….. the price of houses.
11 She’s terrified ….. the dark.
12 He’s always been fascinated …. magic tricks.
How Honest are you (from chapter three)