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Lesson 9 - Level A2

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It Was All Good!
(30 min.)


Talk about trips and exchange personal views using descriptive

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Whats it / was it like?

You can use the construction What to ask for a general

What's (what is) the weather like today? It's sunny / cloudy, etc.
What are the teachers like? They are very friendly /
interesting, etc.
What was the food like at the conference? It was very good /fantastic.
What were the presentations like? They were very long /
boring, etc.

Meeting People
Meeting someone for the first time
How do you do? How do you do?
Pleased to meet you. Nice to meet you, too.
Meeting someone you know
How's your wife /family etc.? Very well. / Fine, thank you.
How are things? Not so bad. / Pretty good.
How's business / the job? Not very good, I'm afraid.

Responding to news
Good news I'm (very) pleased / glad / happy to hear that.
That's great news!
Bad news I'm (very) sorry to hear that.
Surprising news That's incredible! Really?

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Part 1: Match questions 1-7 with the answers a-g.

1) Do you like working for
your company?
2) Would you like to work in
another country?
3) Would you like something
to drink?
4) What do you like doing in
the evenings?
5) What was weekend like?
6) What would you like to do
this evening?
7) What's your boss like?
a) No, thanks. I'm fine.
b) Fantastic! We had a wonderful
c) Very nice. She has a lot of good
d) Reading, or playing the piano.
e) Not really. I'm looking for
something different.
f) A meal in a restaurant would be
g) Yes, maybe for a few years.

Part 2: Make your own answers to questions 1-7.


Two friends meet by chance at a trade fair. Complete the dialogue with
the expressions below.

a) How do you do?
b) That's great news!
c) Nice to meet you.
d) I'm sorry to hear that.
e) I'm very well.
f) How's Virginia?
g) How are you?
h) Business is fine.
i) How's business?
j) Let me introduce you...

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A: Hello, Tony. ___________?
T: Andrew! What a surprise! _______. And
A: I'm fine, too. I didn't know you were
here. _________?
T: Very good. We're having a fantastic year.
A lot of new clients. What about you?
A: ________. We've just got a big new
contract with Turismo.
T: _______! Tell me - _________?
A: She's very well.
T: Is she still working at Total Fina?
A: No, she lost her job, unfortunately. Her branch closed.
T: _________. Is she looking for another job now?
A: Yes, in fact she's here today to try and make use some useful
contacts. But here's someone else I'd like you to meet. ________
to Marcello Baresi, - our new Area Manager for Italy.
T: _____________?
Mr. Baresi: __________.

Unemployment on the Young

The global recession: Layoffs are high in
just about every industry around the world. As
people spend less, companies have lower and
lower profits. It affects everyone. But people in
their twenties feel the recession more than
other age groups.
Young people are generally the last hired
in a company, so they are also the first to lose
their jobs. In a stronger economy, they can
easily find new work. But now older, more experienced people have
lost their jobs too. Both young and old are applying for the same
positions. Young people must compete against older, more
experienced workers in the marketplace.

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Many young people struggle to find work after a layoff. Many
take part-time or temporary employment just to pay the bills. Luckily,
people in their twenties usually have less debt and fewer financial
obligations each month. They don't have massive car, home, or school
loans. They can be more flexible when unemployment does happen.

Discussion Questions:

1) Are you worried about the global recession? Why/not?
2) Are you worried about losing your job? Why/not?
3) If you lost your job, what would you do? Please explain.
4) When will the economy get better? Why do you think so?