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Lesson 4: Seasonal Skills
I’m not so good at swimming.

I can explain how good or bad I am at something and why.

INTRODUCE

Talking about your strengths and weaknesses is a good way to connect with others.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

be good at [thing]

be bad at [thing]

be great at [thing]

be horrible at [thing]

be in love with [thing]

be afraid of [thing]

II. Match the activities below with the phrases above.  Choose one phrase for each activity.

  • making sushi

  • juggling

  • driving

III. Practice reading the words.

/gr/

/kr/

great

crate

grab

crab

grow

crow

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use quite, kind of, and not so to modify adjectives.

Use quite to strengthen adjectives.

  • I’m quite hungry!
  • He’s quite good at swimming.

Use kind of to soften adjectives.

  • I’m kind of tired today.
  • She’s kind of afraid of dogs.

You can also use not so to soften adjectives. To soften criticism, use not so with positive adjectives.


She’s bad at sports. →  She’s not so good at sports.


 

  • I’m not so good at baking.
  • He’s not so nice.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Haru, Lorenzo, Yuki, and Daiki just arrived at the Blue Pearl Resort on Coron Island.

Haru:

Come on, Lorenzo! Let’s go swimming!

Lorenzo:

Um, don’t you want to stay on the beach a bit longer? The weather is perfect for sunbathing.

Haru:

The weather is perfect for swimming, too. Let’s go!

Lorenzo:

But the waves look big…

Haru:

Oh, that’s okay. I’m quite good at swimming. I was on the swim team in high school, actually.

Lorenzo:

That’s cool! I didn’t know that. But, um, you should ask Daiki and Yuki to swim with you. I’ll stay here and take photos.

Haru:

But it won’t be fun without you! We can take photos later. Let’s go swimming!

Lorenzo:

I, um… I’m not so good at swimming. Actually, I’m quite bad at it.

Haru:

Are you serious?

Lorenzo:

Yeah. I’m kind of afraid of the water… Are you angry?

Haru:

I’m not angry… To be honest, though, I’m kind of shocked!

TRIVIA

In Japanese, shokku (ショック) is used to say that someone is disappointed. In English, however, shocked just means that someone is very surprised. Shocked can be used in both positive and negative situations.

 

O I was shocked when my friends gave me a surprise birthday party!

O She was shocked that her boyfriend was afraid of the water!

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Replace the underlined words with words in the box. More than one answer may be possible.

quite
kind of
not so
  1. I’m really horrible at dancing.
  2. I’m not very great at speaking in front of lots of people.
  3. I’m a little afraid of snakes.
  4. I’m very in love with water sports.

STEP B EXERCISE

Answer the questions using the pictures and words in the box. More than one answer is possible.

quite
kind of
not so

1.

Tutor: Are you good at running marathons?

 

Student: 

2.

Tutor:  Are you afraid of spiders?

 

Student:

3.

Tutor:  Are you good at riding a bike?

 

Student:

4.

Tutor:  Are you in love with gardening?

 

Student:

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You are planning a vacation with your friend.


Talk about the activities you’re good at and the activities you’re not good at.

Today's grammar tip

  • not so
  • kind of
  • quite

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

YOUR STRENGTHS

2

YOUR WEAKNESSES

3

SEASONAL SKILLS

1

YOUR STRENGTHS

  1. What are you quite good at?
  2. How did you learn how to do that?
  3. Do you want to teach someone how to do that?
  4. Do you know another person who’s also good at it?

2YOUR WEAKNESSES

  1. What are you not so good at?
  2. What can you do to get better at that?
  3. Do you know someone who can help you improve?
  4. Do you think it’s important to get better at it?

3SEASONAL SKILLS

  1. What skills are useful in winter (ex. skating, skiing)?
  2. What skills are useful in spring?
  3. What skills are useful in autumn?
  4. What skills are useful in every season?

FEEDBACK

I can explain how good or bad I am at something and why.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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