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In this lesson, you meet alternative ways to express a reason instead of using the simple "Because" to start a sentence, which can help show more grammatical range.

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Task #2: Feedback Comments

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Task #4: Assessment Tasks

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Assessment #9i. Riding a bicycle (Part 1)

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Assessment #9ii. Reading books (Part 1)

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#9iii. Wearing a watch (Part 1)

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Assessment #9iv. The internet (Part 1)

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Assessment #9v. Other languages (Part 1)

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Assessment #9vi. Writing Letters (Part 1)

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Module #1:  Just Start

Complete every lesson in the module before attending class. 

Lesson 1A:  Yes/No Questions (1) 

Lesson 1B: Yes/No Questions (2)

Lesson 1C:  Giving Reasons (1)

Lesson 1D:  Giving Reasons (2)

Lesson 1E:  Making Lists 

 

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Lesson 1C:  Giving Reasons (1)

Study Exercise #1

Watch part of an interview below.  Write down the word you hear in the gap. 

Interview Notes

Resist the temptation to always begin your sentence with “because” on the test. It’s not wrong…just a wasted opportunity to show what you have studied.

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Explanation Video #1

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Study Exercise #2

Watch part of an interview below.  Write down the word(s)  you hear in the gap. 

Interview Notes

This is another good sentence beginning to provide a reason. It’s probably more suited to part 3 of the test because it sounds more academic. This is my opinion, however.

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Explanation Video #2

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Study Exercise #3

Watch part of an interview below.  Write down the word you hear in the gap. 

Interview Notes

Did you notice how Mark and Chris give their reasons using almost exactly the same words? When you have a chance, go back and listen to the way both of them say the beginning of the sentence. There is no one correct way to do it. Learning English is about noticing patterns and not memorizing grammar rules.

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Explanation Video #3

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Rep #7

Read the short dialogue.  Choose the best answer.  Then study the feedback comments below.  

CHOICE A: I get bored easily

CHOICE B: I getting bored easily

CHOICE C: I got bored easily

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Checkpoint #8

Teachers may choose from a variety of techniques to focus on meaning during the preparation feedback stage of the live class.
 
The teacher is well prepared for her class.
The teacher reacts genuinely to her student. This shows that the teacher is kind.
The teacher provides direct feedback in response to her student’s question. She gives Darby Laai the choice of structures rather than press her opinion on her student. Darby Laai should recognize this and reflect on the meaning after class.
Darby Laai does well to keep his mouth shut as the very next thing that he says will make Miss Yamagata angry and cause her to passively aggressively ignore him for the next few hours.

[Darby Laai enters the cafe and sees Miss Yamagata sitting listlessly with her fancy dancy coffee at the most out of sight table almost tented in by the giant artificial plant in the corner]

Miss Yamagata: Hello Darby Laai. How are you today?
Darby Laai: Just rolling along and you?
Miss Yamagata: Sorry?
Darby Laai: Doing just fine. How about yourself?
Miss Yamagata: Good thank you. I have checked your feedback request and you did well on the preparation! Well done!
Darby Laai: Thanks I guess. Uhhh…Miss Yamagata, can we practice some of the checkpoint questions from this lesson? I have a couple of questions.
Miss Yamagata: Yes.
Darby Laai: Uhh ok…well for example how about the one about bicycles.
Miss Yamagata: Ok. Do you enjoy riding a bicycle?
Darby Laai: I used to enjoy riding one.
Miss Yamagata: Why?
Darby Laai: When I was a teenager I rode my bicycle everywhere, but then when I was 19 I got into an accident.
Miss Yamagata: Oh were you ok?
Darby Laai: Oh yeah…flew over the front hood and did a safety roll on the other side of the car.
Miss Yamagata: Oh sounds terrible.
Darby Laai: Not really…the funny thing was…
Miss Yamagata: Excuse me Darby Laai. What is your question?
Darby Laai: Well, I didn’t use one of the expressions in the lesson in my answer. So do I always have to use one?
Miss Yamagata: In my opinion, I didn’t hear anything unnatural about it. Let’s see…if we say “I think it’s due to the fact that” then you would have to say that you got into a crash when you were younger afterwards…and your answer would change its style. The way that you said it sounded fine.
Darby Laai: Huh. Ok how do I know when to use one and not the other?
Miss Yamagata: You have to try things out and look for feedback. This is an official class, so it is my job to help you. But when you use your language outside of class, you must be actively looking for it. You have to be a mind reader Darby Laai.

[Miss Yamagata suddenly stands up, walks over to the counter where the napkins are kept and wipes the area of the table where Darby Laai is sitting. She then reorganizes all of her notes, checks her phone and neatly folds up the dirty napkin all without saying a word]

[Darby Laai looks down and keeps his head as still as he can in order to avert eye contact with Miss Yamagata and with everyone else in the coffee shop]

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