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Lesson 2: Business Trip Itineraries
I’ll push the workshop back to 3:00 so I can eat.

I can explain and make changes to a schedule.

INTRODUCE

When your schedule is too full, sometimes you have to make changes to have enough time for everything on it.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

reschedule [thing]

shorten [thing]

skip [thing]

push [thing] back to [time]

have a one-on-one meeting with [person]

hold a workshop

II. Which of the things above do you often do?

III. Practice reading the words.

/w/

/v/

workshop

vermin

west

vest

wine

vine

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use will and be going to to talk about decisions.

Use will to talk about something that you decide to do at the time of speaking.

  • You think the employees need more training? Okay, I’ll hold a workshop for them.
  • Oh, she went home already? No problem. I’ll come back tomorrow.

Use be going to to talk about something that you decided to do before speaking.

  • Sorry, but I already have plans for this weekend. I’m going to go to the beach with my friends.
  • Okay, here’s my schedule for tomorrow. I’m going to have a one-on-one meeting with the director before lunch, and then I’m going to be in meetings all afternoon.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Mr. Goto and Daniel stopped at the same café for their morning coffee.

Daniel:

So, can I take you to dinner tonight, Daisuke?

Mr. Goto:

I’d love that, but I’m really busy today. I’m going to visit two clients in the morning. Then, Grace and Anthony are going to take me to a seminar from noon to 2:00. At 2:30, I’m going to hold a workshop for the business account staff, and after that, I still have about five meetings. I’m not going to finish until at least 10:00.

Daniel:

Wow! That’s a tight schedule. You don’t even have time for lunch!

Mr. Goto:

Oh, I didn’t notice that. All right, I’ll push the workshop back to 3:00 so I can eat. I’ll shorten my meetings too, but I’ll still probably work until 9:00 tonight. Can I take a rain check on that dinner?

Daniel:

Sure.

TRIVIA

When someone asks to take a rain check on [thing], that means they cannot accept an invitation for something but would like to do it in the future. The phrase actually comes from baseball: When people paid to see a baseball game that was rained out, they received a rain check, a ticket that they could use to see another game later.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Choose the correct response.

1. What are you doing this Friday?

  • I’ll meet my friends.
  • I’m going to meet my friends.

 

2. Let’s have a snack.

  • Okay. I have something else to do, but I’ll eat with you first.
  • Okay. I have something else to do, but I’m going to eat with you first.

 

3. Ivan can’t attend the meeting.

  • Oh, really? All right. I’ll reschedule the meeting so he can come.
  • Oh, really? All right. I’m going to reschedule the meeting so he can come.

 

4. What’s my schedule today, Joanne?

  • You’ll have a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Lucas all day.
  • You’re going to have a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Lucas all day.

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the conversation with will or be going to and the words in parentheses.

Tutor:

That was delicious! I’m still a bit hungry, though. Let’s order dessert! What do you want?

Student:

Okay! (have some pie) __________.

Tutor:

Pie sounds good. I’ll have some too. By the way, what are your plans for this afternoon?

Student:

(prepare a report for work) __________.

Tutor:

Oh, really? I was going to invite you to the movies. How about tomorrow? What are your plans?

Student:

(do my laundry in the morning) __________. But I’m free in the afternoon. We can go to the movies then.

Tutor:

Great! So, what movie would you like to see?

Student:

I’m not sure. (look up what movies are playing tomorrow and let you know) __________.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You and your friend are going out of town this weekend. You made a schedule for the trip.


Share the schedule with your friend and make changes if necessary.

Today's grammar tip

  • be going to
  • will

Schedule

9 a.m.  – 11 a.m.

amusement park

11 a.m.  –  2 p.m.

zoo

2 p.m.  –  3 p.m.

short river cruise

3 p.m.  –  4 p.m.

lunch

4 p.m.  –  6 p.m.

spa

6 p.m.  –  8 p.m.

night market

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SCHEDULES

2

OVERTIME

3

PLANNING A TRIP

1

SCHEDULES

  1. Is it important to have a schedule?
  2. Do you like doing things according to a schedule?
  3. Do you make a lot of changes to your schedule?
  4. What activities do you usually have on your schedule?

2OVERTIME

  1. Is it common for employees in Japan to work overtime?
  2. Should overtime always be paid?
  3. What are the advantages of working overtime?
  4. What are the disadvantages of working overtime?

3PLANNING A TRIP

  1. Do you plan your trips in great detail?
  2. Is it a good idea to plan trips early?
  3. Do you have any plans for your next trip?
  4. What things do you consider when planning a trip?

FEEDBACK

I can explain and make changes to a schedule.

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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