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D-06.09 Use Simple Modal Verb Phrases & Related Expressions

D-06.09 Use Simple Modal Verb Phrases & Related Expressions

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Chapter 17 (Modal Verb Phrases & Related Expressions: “Help!”) of the New Scenario Book One: Beginning to Use English Grammar in Context, pages 213-234 

22 pages

Who It’s For: (Teachers & Helpers of) High Beginning Through Intermediate Language Learners “Energized” by Cheerful Visual (Updated) Materials

Why It’s Useful: The non-linear layout and fun images in this colorized, updated, and expanded version of Unit 18 of the original Scenario Book One: English Grammar in Context  will inspire text users, motivating them to pay closer attention to their use of targeted grammar. Role-playing the “Help!” Scenario, participants will gain confidence in the verbalization of amusingly varied simple modal-verb phrases. They’ll continue to build ability with Sentence-Structure (Statement, Question, & Answer) Charts & Sidebar (Meaning) Explanations; Comprehension & Reinforcement Exercises; Vocabulary-Choice Phrasing, Sentence-Generating Tables, Dialogs to Build, & Paraphrasing Practice. They’ll use phrasal cues to answer questions based on a story and to express their own thoughts or opinions.     

What You’ll Do: 

[1] Paying attention to the use of modal verbs and the ironic humor, act out the page 213 dialog between a “psychiatrist” and his “patient.” Complete Comprehension Checks 17-A, B, C. Review the Grammar: “Modal Verbs in Sentences” on page 215.  

[2] Noting the extra commentary offered in Sidebars, on pages 216-229, do Exercises 17-D through ***17-I at appropriate levels of challenge. Keeping relevant grammatical structures and content/context in mind, go beyond each section by adding ideas and language of your own. 

[3] With the Summary Chart on pages 230-231, review and compare “Modal-Verb & Related Phrases Meanings & Patterns.” Show what you can do with modal-verb phrasing in culminating Activities **17-J to ***17-J. When applying the principles in this Chapter to your use of grammar beyond the text situations, enjoy the many ways that you can make requests or get permission; measure ability; tell desires & preferences; describe (im)possibility, expectation, obligation; and give advice.


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