3-1. My name is Kevin and I’m working as an engineer

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am running and I am thirsty.
  • I am reading a novel, and my wife is cooking.
  • I am learning English, and she is learning Chinese.
  • I am tired and I want to sleep.
  • She is my student, and I am proud of her.
  • They are my students, and I love them.
  • They are exercising, and I am training them.
  • We are watching a movie, and my daughter is eating cookies.
  • The tickets were expensive, and we didn’t like the show.
  • It’s raining, and I’m listening to a sad song.
  • It’s snowing, and I want to go out.
  • I live in New York, and she lives in San Francisco.
  • I saw Clark, and he ran away.
  • She pinched me, and I screamed.
  • They hired me, and it was a good decision.

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
seasoned (adj) having a log of experience doing something
With a lot of travel experience, the seasoned writer wrote a quality article.
impossible (adj) unable to be done or to happen; not possible
The heavy rain made it impossible to see the road.
local (adj) located or living nearby
We walked to dinner at a local restaurant nearby.
flavor (v) to give or add flavor to (something)
She asked her to flavor the soup with extra spices.
entry (n) the act of entering something; the right to enter something
She was denied entry into the store.
log (n) a long, heavy section of a tree that has fallen or been cut
He set up a few logs to make a fire.
(v) to make an official record of something
She had to log her hours into the notebook.
guide (n) something that helps to direct a person’s action’s, thoughts, etc.
They used the map as a guide for where to go. (v) to direct or lead someone
The map guided them through the narrow paths.
manage (v) to have control of (something)
The students were able to manage the workload.
immediate (adj) happening or done without delay
The team’s response to the issue was immediate.
major (adj) very important
Researchers announced a major breakthrough in cancer research.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. I / lives / in New York / and / live / she / in San Francisco/ . 
    2. they / am / exercising / and / I / training / them / are /.
    3. they / a / good / hired / it / and / me / was / decision/ .
    4. show / the tickets / were / and / we / expensive / didn’t / like / the / .
    5. she / am proud of / I / is / my student / and / her / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. They are my students and I loved them.
    2. I am reading a novel and my wife cooking.
    3. It’s raining and I’m listening a sad song.
    4. It snowing and I want to go out.
    5. I am tired and I’m wanting to sleep.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What two people do you really admire?
    2. What two things are you doing right now?
    3. What are you and your tutor doing?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Impossible: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.
      What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)
    3. Local flavor: Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.

Wrap-up

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

3-2. You’re smart but you also kind

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am tired but I don’t want to sleep.
  • I am learning English, but my brother is learning Chinese.
  • I am going to go to school, but my sister is going to sleep.
  • You are smiling but you look sad.
  • We are brothers but we don’t look alike.
  • They are exercising, but I am not exercising.
  • This is my project, but I am not proud of it.
  • The tickets were expensive, but we liked the show.
  • I live in America, but my sister lives in Europe.
  • My friends like Jazz, but I enjoy classical music.
  • I ordered chicken, but she didn’t order anything.
  • I worked yesterday, but my friend studied yesterday.
  • We wanted to dance, but there was no music.
  • My boss called me, but I didn’t answer the phone.

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
competitive (adj) having a strong desire to win or be the best at something
The new technology gave them a competitive advantage over the other upcoming companies.
streak (n) a period of repeated success or failure
After scoring the winning point, he was glad to break their losing streak.
bring out (phrasal verb) to show (something): to cause (something) to appear to be more easily seen
The goal of the project was to try to bring out the best in people.
idyllic (adj) very peaceful, happy, and enjoyable
The stillness of the water gave her an idyllic feeling about the vacation.
ideal (adj) exactly right for a particular purpose, situation, or person
While a room on the first floor would be ideal, she could use the elevator to the second floor.
structure (n) the way that something is built, arranged or organized
The story plot of the movie had a very unique structure.
value (n) the amount of money that something is worth: the price or cost of something
The value of the painting increased as time went on.
opposite (adj) located across from something: completely different
The two teachers had the same information but had opposite ways of sharing that information.
take it upon yourself (phrasal verb) to do something that needs to be done even though no one has asked you to do it
Thank you for taking it upon yourself to wash the dishes after dinner.
delay (n) a situation in which something happens later than it should
Due to the winter storm, the airport had a lot of flight delays.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. They / new / but / , / are / I’ve / here / been / .
    2. play / to / sleep / but / to / , / wants / She / I / want / .
    3. She / nice / live / is / but / doesn’t / she / here / ,
    4. They / leave / , / want / to / want / I / but / to / dance / .
    5. I / stayed / she / , / went / home / but / to / Spain / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She went to school but I was sick.
    2. We were hungry it was dinnertime.
    3. We are twins we don’t look alike.
    4. The phone rang for I didn’t answer.
    5. You left but they stayed.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What are you doing that someone else isn’t?
    2. Where do you want to travel but your friend doesn’t?
    3. What are you doing today and how do you feel about it?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Competition: What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
    3. Idyllic: What does your ideal community look like? How is it organized, and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?

Wrap-up

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

3-3. Am I smart or hardworking?

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Start now or give up.
  • Study or sleep.
  • Call me, or I will call you.
  • Come here, or I will go there.
  • Take a bus or take a taxi.
  • Take a nap or go home.
  • Eat now or eat later.
  • Eat this chicken or order something else.
  • Exercise or don’t eat.
  • Buy this computer, or I will buy it.
  • She can ask Ava, or I can help her.
  • We can call your mom, or you can apologize to Amy.
  • We are going to work today or we are going to work tomorrow.
  • You should take vitamin C or you should take vitamin B.
  • Is she a singer or is she a dancer?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
déjà vu (n) the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time.
After a year had gone past, entering the room gave me a sense of déjá vu.
sensation (n) a particular feeling or effect that your body experiences
When the bee stung her, she had a prickling sensation in her arm.
judgment (n) an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought.
After careful consideration, the team made a judgment on the direction for the project.
judge a book by its cover (phrasal verb) to know what someone or something is like by only looking at the appearance
When her mom saw the girl ignore the elderly man, she told her not to judge a book by its cover.
decrease (v) to become smaller or make something smaller in size, amount, number, etc.
With the change in staff, the team’s profits decreased by 3%.
select (v) to choose (someone or something) from a group
The teacher asked the students to select the correct answer.

(adj) chosen from a group to include the best people or things
The girl was one of the select few chosen participants.

decide (v) to make a choice about (something): to choose (something) after thinking about it
With the storm on its way, they had to decide if the event would be canceled.
alternative (adj) offering or expressing a choice: not usual or traditional
We took an alternative route to avoid the traffic.
eat in (phrasal verb) to dine at home
To save money, we decided to eat in tonight.
expand (v) to increase in size, range or amount: to become bigger
The bookstore may expand into a two-story building.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. pay / or / can / you / now / later / can / pay / you / .
    2. you / or / him / can / hire /  I / can / him / hire / .
    3. a cop / is / he /  is / he / a soldier / or /?
    4. do / like / dogs / you / or /  you / like / do /cats / ?
    5. play / do / you / or / basketball / do / play / baseball / you / ?
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. Eat this chicken or order.
    2. Take a nap or you go home.
    3. We can call your mom or you apologize to Amy.
    4. Is she a singer or she is a dancer?
    5. Buy this computer or I will it.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Do you prefer to read or do you prefer to write?
    2. What are two things that you often have to decide between?
    3. When you’re at a restaurant, what are two foods you often have to decide between?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Déjà vu: Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?
    3. Judgment day: If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

Wrap-up

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

3-4. I am tired so don’t call me

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am cool so I have many friends.
  • I am studying so I will call you later.
  • I am still a student so I am studying hard.
  • I am your friend so don’t shoot me.
  • I’m going to sleep now, so don’t wake me up.
  • I am not wearing my glasses so I can’t see anything.
  • She is my mother, so I love her.
  • She was sick so she saw a doctor.
  • We are brothers so let’s not fight.
  • We are running so we are thirsty.
  • It’s raining, so let’s wait.
  • I know everything, so don’t lie.
  • He lied to us, so we fired him.
  • They fired me, so I sued them.
  • He looked smart, so they hired him.

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
consequence (n) something that happens a result of a particular action or set of conditions
If you misbehave in the store, there will be consequences.
joy (n) a feeling of great happiness
They were filled with joy when he came home.
tear of joy (n) to cry with positive emotion
She cried tears of joy when she got the job.
trade (n) the activity or process of buying, selling or exchanging goods or services
Selling cars was his trade.

(v) to give something to someone and receive something in return
During the holiday season, many people trade gifts.

effect (n) a change that results when something is done or happens
Increased profits was a positive effect of the staff changes.

(v) to make something happen
They were trying to effect an agreement between the two parties.

react (v) to behave or change in a particular way
She didn’t expect him to react that way.
explain (v) to make something clear or easy to understand
The student asked the teacher to explain the rules again.
aim (v)) to point at a target
He told me to aim the bow at the target.

(n)a goal or purpose
The aim of the project was to build profits.

get things rolling (phrasal verb) to set something in motion: to begin
The boss wanted to get things rolling with a brainstorm session.
motivate (v) to give (someone) a reason for doing something
Our coach wanted to motivate our team before the game.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. my / her / she / is / so / I / love / mother / .
    2. we / are / not / so / let’s / fight / brothers / .
    3. him / lied / us / he / we / so / to / fired / .
    4. wait / raining / it’s / so / let’s / .
    5. I / don’t / to / am / sleep / now / me / so / wake / going / up / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She was sick so she saw a doctor.
    2. I am not wearing my glasses so I can’t see anything.
    3. I am studying so I will call you later.
    4. I know everything so don’t lie.
    5. We are running so we are thirsty.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Explain what would happen if you didn’t go to work.
    2. What is a result of going to the doctor?
    3. How could you describe why you would go to the kitchen?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Happy happy joy joy: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    3. Trading spaces: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day? What do you think life would be like?

Wrap-up

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

3-5. I’m glad that you like it

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am sorry that I am late.
  • I am glad that you like it.
  • She is excited that today is her birthday.
  • We are happy that you are our son.
  • We are shocked that he is 90.
  • We are depressed that tomorrow is Monday.
  • My mother was angry that I lied to her.
  • It’s amazing that you are studying English.
  • I know that you like English.
  • I didn’t know that she was our CEO.
  • He said that he broke your calculator.
  • We can’t believe that this lesson is free.
  • Are you happy that I am your husband?
  • Do you know that tomorrow is the last day?
  • Can you believe that English is easy?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
subordinate (adj) less important than someone or somebody else.
The cadets are subordinate to the captains.
exile (n) a situation in which you are forced to leave your country or home and go live in another country.
He went into exile in another country to avoid the danger in his home country.
captor (n) someone who has captured a person and is keeping that person as prisoner
The group fought their captors and escaped the building.
supply (n) the amount of something that is available to be used
The supply of stuffed bears was low due to its popularity. (v) to make something available to be used: to provide someone or something with
You’ll have to supply your own food for the trip.
odd (adj) strange or unusual: different from what is normal or expected
She has some odd habits
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e.g. example
anxious (adj) afraid or nervous especially about what may happen
She was anxious about receiving the surgery results.
cranky (adj) easily annoyed or angered
Without coffee, the boss was usually in a cranky mood in the morning.
come over (phrasal verb) to make a social visit to someone: to change from one side to the other in a disagreement
He asked me to come over after work to finish up the project.
company (n) a business organization that makes, buys or sells goods or provides services in exchange for money: the state or condition of being with another person.
She began her own cupcake company with her grandma’s recipes.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. are / that / our / happy / you / are / we / son / .
    2. English / it’s / studying / that / you / are / amazing / .
    3. it / you / am / glad / I / like / that / .
    4. husband / are / happy / I / am / your / that / you / ?
    5. 90 / shocked / is / we / are / that / he / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She is exciting that today is her birthday
    2. I know that you like to English.
    3. Can you believe that English easy?
    4. We depressed that tomorrow is Monday.
    5. We can’t believe that this lessons is free.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is something you just can’t believe?
    2. What is something that makes you happy?
    3. How do you know that you are learning? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Five a day: You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?
    3. Odd couple: Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?

Wrap-up

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

3-6. I like you because you’re sweet

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am working because I need money.
  • I am tired because I worked too hard.
  • I was sensitive because I was tired.
  • We are not going to study because today is Friday.
  • I fell because you pushed me.
  • I don’t like cucumber because it tastes weird.
  • They promoted me because I was smart.
  • We fired him because he was lazy.
  • I have to exercise because I am fat.
  • You have to hurry because tomorrow is the last day.
  • She had to leave because she has a test tomorrow.
  • Are you upset because I forgot your birthday?
  • Do you like me because I’m funny?
  • Did you help her because she was poor?
  • Did you buy this sofa because you liked the design?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
become of (v) to happen to
I don’t know what has become of him after school ended.
prized (adj) very valuable or important
These baseballs are some of my most prized possessions.
possession (n) something that is owned or possessed by someone
Her grandmother’s ring was the girl’s most precious possession
incredibly (adv) extremely good, great or large
His feet grew incredibly large in the past year.
attached to (adj) emotionally connected: having strong feelings of affection
Her daughter became very attached to the stray cat.
logic (n) a proper or reasonable way of thinking about or understanding something
There was no logic to his reasoning in the proposal.
excuse (v) to forgive someone for making a mistake or doing something wrong
Please excuse his rudeness at dinner.

(n) a reason that you give to explain a mistake or bad behavior
She had no excuse for being late to class.

rationale (n) the reason or explanation for something
He described the rationale behind his decision to leave the company.
infer (v) to form an opinion from evidence: to reach a conclusion based on known facts
Based on the evidence presented, he wanted to infer that he was guilty.
carry over (phrasal verb) to continue to exist or be seen in another place or situation
His work frustration didn’t carry over to his home life.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. wanted / was / she / to / go / I / because / .
    2. were / They / sad / left / because / she / .
    3. cold / was / no / She / because / had / she / socks / .
    4. he / go / to / ready / He / because / was / wanted / . 
    5. stopped / She / she / scared / was / because / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She went ahead because knew the way.
    2. Did you buy the shirt because looked good in it?
    3. Bring it back because you wanted to?
    4. We wanted to go get tickets, because we bought them.
    5. Is she there because is there? 
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What made you want to start this lesson? 
    2. Why would you go to the store today? 
    3. What is a reason why you would be happy? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. The social network: Do you feel like you “get” social media, or do you just use it because that’s where all your friends and family are?
    3. Prized possession: Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a child. What became of it?

Wrap-up

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

3-7. He’s bored because of you.

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am late because of my homework.
  • I am studying math because of my father.
  • I am living in Australia because of my business.
  • He is working every day because of his debts.
  • We are excited because of the musical.
  • Jake fell because of my mistake.
  • We got fired because of your mistake.
  • I failed the test because of my friend.
  • We arrived late because of the car accident.
  • Is it because of me?
  • Is she happy because of her success?
  • Are you sad because of your score?
  • Are they running because of the rain?
  • Are they laughing because of your joke?
  • Did they sue you because of their loss?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
escape (v) to get away from a place where you are being held or kept
When the boat started to sink, the crew needed to escape.
ultimate (adj) happening or coming at the end of a process: greatest or most extreme
Their ultimate travel location on their trip was France.
transport (v) to carry (someone or something) from one place to another
The buses from the hotel transport people to the airport for their flight.
sensation (n) a particular feeling or effect that your body experiences
When the bee stung her, she had a prickling sensation in her arm.
recall (v) to remember something from the past: to ask or order something be returned
I don’t recall what time the teacher was arriving to class.
aware (adj) knowing that something (such as a situation, condition or problem) exists
I was aware that we didn’t meet our sales goal.
thrill (n) a feeling of great excitement or happiness
The thrill of the roller coaster ride kept me awake.
nostalgia (n) pleasure or sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again
I felt a sense of nostalgia when I walked into my childhood room.
perceive (v) to notice or become aware of something
I perceived that she had been upset due to her red eyes.
scheme (n) a clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something
They planned a scheme to cheat people out of their paychecks.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. teacher / The / student / of / the / because / smiled / .
    2. sick / He / got / cold / of / because / the / . 
    3. dinner / She / plans / his / of / because / made / . 
    4. missed / I / bus / because / the / him / of / .
    5. earned / because / more / I / comments / of / her / . 
  2. Correct the following sentences.
    1. The girl went shopping because the sale.
    2. He sent it back, because of the price.
    3. She failed the quiz because of she didn’t study.
    4. The teacher decided to read, of her extra time.
    5. The computer shut down, because of the cold weather.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is a reason why the grass is green? 
    2. What is a reason why someone would arrive late to a meeting? 
    3. Why would someone need boots? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Escape! Describe your ultimate escape plan (and tell us what you’re escaping from).
    3. The transporter :Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.

Wrap-up

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