Updated: Sep 18
- Match the word with its definition:
1. To break the ice: A. Feeling sudden strong emotion.
2. Excited: B. (Idiom) easy.
3. Overwhelmed: C. Having or showing a practical awareness of things as they are.
4. To have a lot on one’s plate: D. To make something more in number or quantity.
5. To set a goal: E. To decide what you want to accomplish and make a plan to achieve it.
6. To achieve: F. Physical or mental activity needed to achieve something.
7. A piece of cake: G. (Idiom) To start a conversation with a stranger.
8. To exert: H. To make something better.
9. Efforts: I. (Idiom) To have a lot of important work to finish.
10. Acronym: J. To succeed in finishing something or reaching a goal.
11. Specific: K. Something that you can measure to know its exact size or amount.
12. Measurable: L. Something that is possible to happen especially after some hard work.
13. Achievable: M. To use hard work to make something happen.
14. Improve: N. Clear and exact; particular.
15. Increase: O. Feeling very happy and energetic.
16. Realistic: P. An abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word.
- Read and practise the following conversation:
First day in an ESL class. A conversation between Mike and Cathy. Mike is trying to break the ice.
Mike: Good morning. My name is Mike. Nice to meet you.
Cathy: Nice to meet you too. You can call me Cathy. Are you excited about learning English?
Mike: I’m not sure. I feel a bit overwhelmed.
Cathy: Why are you saying that?
Mike: I don’t know. I guess because I want to learn a lot in a short time. You see, I want to improve my grammar, my pronunciation, and my writing skill. I also want to increase my vocabulary. I need to find a job as soon as possible.
Cathy: Wow! I see that you have a lot on your plate. I think that you should set a goal and make a plan to achieve it.
Mike: A goal and a plan? That sounds like a lot of work.
Cathy: Well, learning a new language is not a piece of cake. You need to be patient and exert some effort. Most importantly, you must have a “SMART” goal.
Mike: “SMART”? What do you mean?
Cathy: It’s an acronym. “S” means “specific”. “M” means “measurable”. “A” means “achievable”. “R” means “Realistic”. “T” means “time limit”.
Mike: I don’t get it. Can you explain more, please?
Cathy: Let’s talk after class. The teacher is here.
- Answer the following questions:
1. How did Mike break the ice?
2. How does Mike feel about learning English?
3. Does Mike have a lot on his plate? Explain.
4. Why do you think Mike feels overwhelmed?
5. What did Cathy suggest for him to do?
6. Why is learning English not a piece of cake?
7. What is Cathy’s advice to Mike to learn English?
8. What does “SMART” stand for?
- Which of the following sentences are true and which ones are false? Correct the false ones:
1. Mike and Cathy have known each other for a long time.
2. Mike is very excited about learning English.
3. Cathy feels overwhelmed because she has a lot to do.
4. You don’t have to set a goal or make a plan to learn English.
5. You can learn any language quickly and without any effort.
- Fill in the blanks with the correct word(s) from the vocabulary list:
1. Jack is very busy at work. He has _______________________________________.
2. ESL is an ________________________. It stands for English as a Second Language.
3. Can you be more _____________________ about where exactly you feel the pain?
4. Employees should have _____________________ and ________________________ targets if you want them to accomplish their goals.
5. I’m sure that moving to a new country is not a __________________________.
6. Children are _________________________ about watching a new movie.
7. Lolita moved to another city, went back to school and had a part-time job in a very short time. She feels so _____________________________.
8. You can’t lose 10 kg in a week. You have to be __________________________.
9. Hannah is an extrovert. She can ___________________________ in a minute.
10. Before starting a new project, you need to __________ and make an action plan.
11. To _____________a goal, one needs to ______________ a lot of ______________.