Lesson 5: Planning for the Weekend

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Planning for the Weekend. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about weekend plans.

Kevin: What are you up to this weekend?
Dorothy: I‘m thinking about having a picnic with some friends.
Kevin: That sounds like fun.
Dorothy: What plans do you have?
Kevin: Oh, nothing special.
Dorothy: You‘re welcome to join us if you are free. We’re meeting up at Dolores Park Saturday afternoon.
Kevin: Sure. Let me just check with Gina. She mentioned something about a music festival.
Dorothy: Feel free to invite her and more friends if you want.
Kevin: Do you need me to bring anything?
Dorothy: Some drinks and snacks would be nice, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition Example
be up to… have plans to do… I wonder what Mark is up to.
Might be thinking about + (~ing) plan to do… My friends are thinking about going to a movie.
picnic a trip or party that includes a meal eaten outdoors This weekend I have a family picnic
be welcome to… Your friends are welcome to come over as well.
meet up at … to come together The boys met up at the school.
check with someone ask someone if it’s okay to do… I need to check with my boss if I can take a day off.
mention to talk about, write about, or refer to (something or someone) especially in a brief way She’s never mentioned anything to me about her husband.
festival a special time or event when people gather to celebrate something Each year, a festival was held to celebrate the harvest.
feel free to… -don’t be afraid to Please feel free to ask any questions you have.
sunscreen a lotion that you put on your skin to prevent sunburn by blocking out some of the sun’s rays This sunscreen has 100 SPF.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What are you up to this weekend?
    1. I am thinking about going for a short trip.
    2. I have a family reunion.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  2. Do you normally have plans for the weekends?
    1. Yes, I like to plan activities for my weekends.
    2. No, I usually don’t have any plans.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  3. Who are you meeting up with this weekend?
    1. I am having dinner with my sister.
    2. I don’t have any plans yet.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  4. Do you like to spend your weekend with friends?
    1. Yes, and weekends are the only time I can meet up with my friends.
    2. I prefer to stay at home and read.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  5. Have you ever planned any weekend trips?

    1. I used to go camping just outside the city.
    2. I think a normal weekend is too short for a trip.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What did you do last weekend?
  2. Are you happy with a two-day weekend or should it be three days?
  3. What do you want to do for the next long weekend?
  4. What would life be like without weekends?
  5. Do you know what ‘Monday blues’ means?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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