English in Everyday Life: An Immigration Story
WorkLife English: Competency-Based Listening/Speaking, Book 3; Chapter 10: Family & Special Occasions
12 + 4 = 16 pages
Who It’s For: Happy Teachers / Learners of American-English Who Want to Celebrate the Skills They’ve Acquired with Special-Occasion Present-Perfect Grammar & Vocabulary
Why It’s Useful: Having almost reached the end of a perfectly present course of Oral-Language Skills improvement, celebrants will be glad to do what’s special in Understanding & Describing Customs & Holidays and Expressing Congratulations & Sympathy—often with Present Perfect Verb Forms. Have a good time finishing up with E-06.09 Download of Chapter 10 of WorkLife English: A Competency-Based Listening/Speaking Book 3: An Immigration Story.
What You’ll Do:
 Happy endings are often accompanied by festivities, so Chapter 10 Competencies & Functions include Understanding & Describing Holiday Customs, Using Special-Occasion Phrases, Expressing Congratulations or Sympathy, and the like. Its major Grammar is the Present Perfect ( have / has + Past Participle ) Time Frame.
 The final five-part Audio Conversation in Part One / Better Listening draws together narration about (appropriate presents for) weddings, ceremonial dinners for religious purposes, (condolences at) funerals, and traditional holidays in the U.S. Words & Sounds (in Fast Speech) include Time Expressions for the “Perfect Tenses.”
 Speaking practice in Part Two / Clear Speech has learners perfecting the Stressed-Time Rhythm of their speech. In Part Three / Good Communication, they use expressions on Formal to Informal Continuums to Congratulate, give Sympathy, and show Appreciation. They also discuss (multi-cultural) customs for Family Occasions.
 Part Four / Practical Listening has participants match brief oral exchanges to traditional occasions in American culture. The text ends with comparison of holidays around the world—days that commemorate national independence / heroes’ birthdays, that show appreciation to family members, that have people give thanks, or that are religious observations.
The Download ends with AudioScript segments; Answers are available in E-06.11.