Free Sample Lesson from Level 2 of Everyday English Speaking

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Activity 1: Listening Comprehension

Answer the questions based on the conversation between co-workers Rhonda and Mac:

 

Where are you spending the holiday?

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Question 1
Mac is working on...
A
reports
B
presentations
C
sales calls
Question 2
Mac and Rhonda have a lot of work because...
A
a big company event is coming up
B
the supervisor gave them a lot to do
C
they just got back from a holiday
Question 3
How does Mac feel about Mr. Green?
A
he's annoyed at him
B
he feels sorry for him
C
he respects him
Question 4
After Rhonda leaves work, she's going to...
A
the airport
B
her relatives' house
C
the supermarket
Question 5
Mac and his wife usually spend Thanksgiving...
A
at a restaurant
B
cooking at home
C
with Mac's parents
Question 6
Rhonda suggests...
A
making a pumpkin pie for Mr. Green
B
spending the holiday together
C
taking a road trip
Question 7
Mac doesn't want to...
A
help prepare the turkey
B
invite Mr. Green to Thanksgiving
C
work late on the holiday
Question 8
Does Rhonda change her mind based on what Mac says?
A
Yes
B
No
C
It's not clear
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There are 8 questions to complete.

 

Activity 2: Read the dialogue & learn the vocabulary

Mac: Man, I can’t wait for this week to end and for Thanksgiving to begin. If I see one more report, I’m gonna pull my hair out.

Rhonda: This has really been the week from hell. Mr. Green sure piles on the work every time we prepare to take off for a holiday.

  • I’m gonna pull my hair out = an exaggerated way to express that you can’t endure much more
  • piles on the work = gives LOTS of work

Mac: That’s because he’s a tightwad. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if he allowed his employees to have a few paid days off. That’s why he’s made this last week so tough – he wants to squeeze out the productivity before the holiday. I’m surprised he hasn’t chained us to our desks yet.

  • tightwad = someone who doesn’t like to spend money (negative connotation)
  • it wouldn’t be the end of the world = it wouldn’t be a disaster
  • squeeze out = get something by applying pressure
  • chained = used metal chains to keep someone prisoner

Rhonda: I know. But let’s not let him ruin our Thanksgiving. When I get out of this stuffy office I’m going straight to the grocery store and buying the biggest turkey I can find, along with the ingredients to make one of my homemade pumpkin pies.

  • ruin = destroy, make bad
  • stuffy = describes a place that lacks ventilation (negative connotation)

Mac: Oh, now my mouth is watering. As much as I love my wife, she can’t cook to save her life. We usually spend our Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I actually had some homemade pumpkin pie.

  • my mouth is watering = that sounds delicious; I want to eat it!
  • she can’t cook to save her life = she has ZERO cooking ability

Rhonda: Well, then, why don’t you load Megan and the kids into the car and come over to our house on Thanksgiving? We’d love to have you.

Mac: Oh, I don’t know. We wouldn’t want to intrude on your family’s holiday.

Rhonda: Who’s intruding? You guys are like family to us, Mac. Intruding? Good grief!

  • intrude = enter without permission or without being welcome
  • Good grief! = an exclamation of surprise, shock, or amazement

Mac: All right… okay… we’ll come.

Rhonda: Great! We’ll have a ball, you just wait and see. Roger will get the fireplace going. We’ll stuff ourselves full of turkey and pumpkin pie, savor some hot chocolate and sit by the fire.

  • have a ball = have fun; have a good time
  • stuff ourselves = eat excessively
  • savor = greatly appreciate the taste or smell of something

Mac: Ahh, that sounds really nice. Way better than sitting in a plastic booth listening to some crabby waitress complaining about working on Thanksgiving. It sure puts a damper on my holiday spirit.

  • booth = a type of seating used in diners and restaurants
  • crabby = in a bad mood
  • puts a damper on = makes less enjoyable

Rhonda: Well, keep in mind that we all have to make a living, and that waitress is probably just scraping by. It is sad that some people can’t be with their families on the holidays. I feel bad for those people.

  • keep in mind = remember; don’t forget
  • scraping by = having difficulty surviving on a low salary

Mac: Like Mr. Green – I don’t think he has any family in the area. He’ll probably spend the holiday right here in the office poring over reports and grumbling that his accounting department is incompetent.

  • poring over = read  or look at something carefully
  • grumbling = complaining in a low voice
  • incompetent = not intelligent, not skilled

Rhonda: Maybe we should invite the old fart to Thanksgiving at my home?

Mac: Uh… you might wanna think twice about that, Rhonda. He’s so demanding, he’ll probably write up a report critiquing your pumpkin pie and file it with your performance review.

  • old fart = a disrespectful way to refer to an older person (very rude!)
  • think twice about that = reconsider if it is truly a good idea or not
  • critiquing = analyzing and evaluating

Rhonda: Don’t be so uptight, Mac. I’m sure even Mr. Green loosens up a bit during the holidays. Yeah… I will invite him, if he doesn’t have any other plans.

  • uptight = anxious, tense
  • loosens up = becomes more relaxed and friendly

Mac: ::sighs:: The more the merrier, I suppose. Okay – I’m just gonna wrap up a few things, and then head home. See you tomorrow at 6?

Rhonda: You bet!

  • the more the merrier = if there are more people, it will be more fun / enjoyable
  • wrap up = finish
  • You bet! = Yes, definitely!

Activity 3: Vocabulary Quiz 

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Activity 4: Speaking Task

Mac doesn’t seem to get along very well with his supervisor, Mr. Green. Talk about either a particularly good or particularly bad boss you’ve had. Also, do you prefer managing people, or being managed, and why?

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