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2 Welcome to Boston Teacher’s Notes

1 Synopsis play the first segment again. Allow time for students to
Luis, a student from Brazil, arrives in Boston. He takes choose their answers. Check answers. Finally, play the
a taxi to his new apartment and meets his roommate, segment again to check.
Josh. Josh loves watching and playing soccer. He wants Answer key: 1 dollar  2 $18  3 $3
a new TV for the apartment. He talks to Luis about
soccer. Although Luis speaks good English, there are lots 2 As a class. Play the second segment, up to the end
of words he doesn’t understand. Josh’s sister, Jennifer, of the scene in the apartment [00:46–03:29]. Play it
arrives, and Josh introduces her to Luis. Jennifer and Luis again as far as Jennifer’s arrival [02:15], pausing where
decide to take Josh shopping to buy some furniture and appropriate to elicit the characters’ names.
things for the apartment. When it is time to pay, Josh As a class. Read through the questions and elicit/teach
realizes that the new things will cost almost as much as any new vocabulary, e.g. roommate, graphic design.
the new TV he wants. What will he do?
In pairs. Have students compare their answers in pairs.
Length of video: 6:43min
Play the segment again to check.
2 Target Language Answer key:
Grammar: verb be 1 Luis  2 Josh  3 Luis  4 Josh  5 Luis  6 Jennifer
Vocabulary: introducing a third person; furnishings
Language points: Come on in. Excuse me? Have a nice 3 Individuals. Play the section from the knock on the
day! How about you? door, just before Josh says “Who is it?” to after Jennifer
says “Hi, Luis, it’s nice to meet you.” [02:10–02:27]
3 Procedural Notes Have students recall as much as they can and complete
the dialogue as much as possible.
A Before you watch In pairs. Play the section again and allow time for
Read aloud the title of the video, and ask students if students to complete and check their answers. Invite two
they know where Boston is (on the north east coast of students to read aloud the complete dialogue.:
the U.S.). If possible, show them on a map. Tell them the
Answer key:
city is a very popular destination for tourists, and that
1 is it  2 It’s  3 this is  4 new roommate  5 this is my
every year thousands of foreign students go there to
sister  6 it’s nice to meet
study. Explain the expression Welcome to…
In pairs. Have students look at the pictures and put the 4 As a class. Play the third segment [03:32 to the end].
story in the correct order. Encourage them to guess some Read through the words in the box, pausing after each
of the words they will hear, and to note them down. one for the students to repeat it.
As a class. Have students share their ideas and write Individuals. Have students write the words for the items
useful vocabulary on the board. individually. Check answers. Finally, play the segment
again and have students note the item that they don’t
B While you watch
buy. Check the answer (a couch).
Play the first segment up to when Luis says “thank
Answer key:
you” to the taxi driver [00:43]. Encourage students to
1 chair  2 rug  3 lamp  4 couch  5 pillow 
speculate the reasons why Luis is in Boston. Ask them
6 dinner set  7 bowl  8 glasses
where they think he comes from. Don’t give them the
answers just yet, but tell them they will find out all the If time, practice asking for words in English (as Luis
answers to these questions when they see the next part. does). In pairs, have students cover the words and take
1 As a class. Read through the questions and elicit or turns pointing to a picture and asking What’s this?/
teach the words fare (the money you pay for a taxi) and What are these?
tip (the extra money you give on top of the fare). Then

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C After you watch special attention to their intonation – if necessary, model


each line and have them listen and repeat.
1 Individuals. Have students match the words on the
left with their meanings on the right. Check answers. Answer key:
1 Have a nice day!  2 Come on in.  3 Excuse me?
Answer key: 1d  2a  3e  4f  5c  6b
4 How about you?
2 In pairs. Have students take turns asking and
explaining what the words mean. Encourage them to E Your viewpoint
follow the example dialogue.
As a class. Read through the question together, and the
D Language points ideas below. Explain advantages and disadvantages.
In pairs. Have students read through all the dialogues In pairs. Give students time to complete the chart and
together and complete them with the words in the box. then to discuss their ideas with a partner. Circulate and
Check their answers, then have them practice reading help out as necessary.
the dialogues in pairs. Go around and monitor; pay
As a class. Finish off with a whole class discussion on the
advantages and disadvantages.

4 Video Script

Cabbie: That’ll be 18 bucks. Jennifer: It’s me!


Luis: Bucks? 18 bucks? Josh: Oh, hi, Jennifer. Come on in.
Cabbie: 18 dollars. Jennifer: Hi.
Luis: Oh. Bucks… dollars. 18 plus a tip. I think 3 Josh: Jennifer, this is Luis, my new roommate.
dollars. Here you are, 21 dollars. Luis, this is my sister, Jennifer.
Cabbie: Thank you. Have a nice day. Jennifer: Hi, Luis, it’s nice to meet you. Did you just
Luis: Thank you. get here from Brazil?
Luis: Yes, I arrived about an hour ago.
Josh: Wow, a 32-inch television on sale for only Jennifer: OK. So, Luis, what are you studying?
419 bucks! 32 inches. Who is it? Luis: I’m a graphic design student.
Luis: Luis. Jennifer: Oh.
Josh: Oh, yeah! Hey, man, come on in. It’s nice Luis: How about you? What are you studying?
to meet you. Jennifer: Oh, I’m not a student. I have a small shop
Luis: Thanks. It’s nice to meet you, too. downtown.
Josh: So, you’re from Brazil. You like soccer, Luis: Uh, Josh, you’re studying psychology,
right? right?
Luis: Yeah, I love soccer, but I don’t play. Do Josh: Yeah, I’m a psych major.
you? Luis: Psych?
Josh: Yeah, I play varsity soccer. Forward. Josh: Psychology. That’s what they call it here.
Luis: Excuse me? What… what’s varsity? Hey, what do you guys think of the
Josh: Varsity – the university team. I play apartment? It’s great, huh?
forward. Luis: The apartment. It’s, uh… It’s really big.
Luis: Forward? Jennifer: Yeah, but you know, it needs something,
Josh: Yeah, forward. Look… This is the goal. Josh. No, actually, it needs everything.
Here’s the goalie. Here’s the defense. Announcer: Linens ‘N’ Things – that’s a great idea.
Here’s the midfield. Here are the forwards. Special prices this week on rugs and lamps.
This is me. Forward. Luis: Hey, that’s where we should go! Just let
Luis: Oh. I understand. me go change my clothes.
Josh: Who is it? Jennifer: I’ll give you guys a ride.

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Jennifer: Here we are. Linens ‘N’ Things. Josh: Er, pillows.


Luis: ‘N’ Things? Luis: Pee-lows.
Jennifer: “N.” “And.”Rock ‘N’ Roll, Linens ‘N’ Jennifer: No, pi-llows.
Things. Luis: Pillows. Three or four pillows for the
Luis: Oh, Linens and Things. couch, then.
Jennifer: First a rug. When you start to decorate a Jennifer: Great colors. Wow! Look at this! A
room, you need a nice rug. complete dinner set for 16.
Josh: A rug? Josh: Wait a second. There’s only two of us.
Jennifer: Mm-hm. Why do we need that?
Josh: I don’t know, Jen. Jennifer: For parties.
Luis: Yes, you’re right, Jennifer. Definitely a rug. Josh: For parties all you need are some glasses
Josh: Oh, OK. A rug. This one? and a big bowl for chips.
Jennifer: Well, erm… No. Luis: This is a nice lamp.
Luis: No, not brown. It’s too dark. Jennifer: That is a nice lamp. You really have good
Josh: This one is OK. taste, Luis.
Jennifer: No, no. Josh: Hey, what about me? Don’t I have good
Luis: It’s too bright. taste?
Jennifer: Yeah, it’s too bright. Jennifer: Yes, Josh. You have good taste, too. In
Josh: This one? roommates.
Luis: Yes. I like the colors. Cashier: One rug at $99.99. A dozen glasses at
Jennifer: Yes, it’s very nice. $9.99. One wooden bowl. A total with
Luis: How about a couple of these chairs? We tax of $413.58.
need places for people to sit. Josh: Hey, that’s a lot of money. A new TV is
Jennifer: Yeah, these are really nice. And the colors $400.00.
will go nicely with the rug. Josh… Jennifer: You already have a TV, Josh.
Josh: You should try this. Josh: Not a new one. Not a big one. Not one
Luis: Oh, yes! We need these. Three or four of with a 32-inch screen.
these. Uh… what do you call them?

Written by Liz Kilbey


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