Conversation Lesson 41
 
 
 
 
Lesson 41 - Teamwork Works Best With a Team

In this lesson Anna meets with her boss, Ms. Weaver, for her yearly review. Ms. Weaver wants Anna to have higher numbers for the audience of her show. How will Anna make her audience numbers go up?
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Lesson Video

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Video Script

Anna: Hi. I am walking to work. Today my boss will tell me what she thinks of my work. Is it good? Or is it bad? Okay, time for work. I am going right now. Okay, okay, I’m going!
Ms. Weaver: Anna, hello.
Anna: Hello.
Ms. Weaver: Sit down. As you know, at the start of a new year we have a work review.
Anna: Yes. It’s time for mine.
Ms. Weaver: Yes. Anna, this chart shows the audience of The Time Traveling Treehouse. If you look at it, you will see something bad. Your audience is going down, down, DOWN!
Anna: Ms. Weaver, I think the chart is upside down.
Anna: Here, let’s flip that around. Now, it’s right-side up.
Ms. Weaver: Oh. If you look at this chart, you will see something good. Your audience is big.
Anna: Good!
Ms. Weaver: But not big enough.
Anna: Not good.
Ms. Weaver: I want to see these numbers go up, and up, and UP!
Anna: How?
Ms. Weaver: I have something -- idea posters!
Anna: (whispers) Idea posters.
Ms. Weaver: You really ought to think seriously about them. I like this one. Please read it.
Anna: “If at first you SUCCEED; you will be a success.” Well, it's a cute cat.
Ms. Weaver: Here’s another one. I like it.
Anna: “WORKING HARD looks hard because it really is hard.” I see. It's another cute cat.
Ms. Weaver: This is my favorite.
Anna: “TEAMWORK works best with a team.” A team of cats. Look at all those cats!
Ms. Weaver: So, Anna, do you understand what I want?
Anna: Yes, Ms. Weaver. I understand.
Anna: Okay, team. There is a problem in the Treehouse.
Amelia: Problem? What's the problem?
Anna: Our audience is big.
Bryan: But that's a good thing.
Anna: No, it is not big enough.
Anna: Please don’t worry. I know what Ms. Weaver wants. Here’s the plan. (whispers)
Bryan: Is that what she wants?
Amelia: Are you sure?
Anna: Yes. Let’s get to work!
Anna: Good job, team. This is exactly what Ms. Weaver wants!
Anna: Welcome to The Time Traveling Treehouse! Today you will learn about a very popular pet … cats!
MINDY: Anna. Did I give you enough cats?
Anna: I don’t know, MINDY. I think we need more cats!
Listening

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Speaking

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about sentences that include the words "if" and "will." These are called present real conditional sentences.
Pronunciation

When we want our listener to notice one or two words in a sentence, we can say them louder, or put more emphasis on them. Learn how to do that in this video.
New Words
  • audience - n. the people who watch, read, or listen to something
  • cat - n. a small animal that is related to lions and tigers and that is often kept by people as a pet
  • chart- n. information in the form of a table or a diagram
  • cute - adj. having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance
  • exactly - adv. used to stress that something is accurate, complete, or correct
  • flip - v. to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly
  • meow - v. to make a crying sound as cats do
  • pet - n. an animal (such as a dog, cat, bird, or fish) that people keep mainly for pleasure
  • poster - n. a usually large picture that is put on walls as a decoration
  • review - n. an act of carefully looking at or examining the quality or condition of something or someone
  • right-side up - noun phrase. with the top or correct side facing up
  • succeed - v. to do what you are trying to do or to achieve the correct or desired result
  • success - n. a person or thing that succeeds
  • teamwork - n. the work done by people who work together as a team to do something
  • upside down- adv. in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are reversed in position
Activity

In this lesson, what do you think Ms. Weaver wants? Do you ever have trouble understanding the advice that others give you? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice making sentences with "if." Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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