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Lesson 9: Emotional Health
Why not take a vacation?

I can make suggestions for reducing stress.

INTRODUCE

When someone feels anxious because of too much work, you can suggest ways to reduce stress.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

set some goals

spend time outdoors

take care of your body

meditate

take a vacation

try something new

II. Which of the things above do you want to do this year? Choose two or three.

III. Practice reading the words.

/m/

/p/

meditate

pedestal

match

patch

meal

peel

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use How about…?, What about…?, Why don’t you…?, and Why not…? to make suggestions.

Use How about…? and What about…? with nouns and gerunds (verbs ending in -ing).

  • How about yoga?
  • What about taking a vacation?

Use Why don’t you…? and Why not…? with verbs in their simple form.

  • Why don’t you try yoga?
  • Why not take a vacation?

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Sho is still worried about his health.

Ai:

You look upset, Sho. What’s the problem?

Sho:

I need your advice, Ai. My checkup results were okay, but I don’t feel well. I’m always tired, and I can’t sleep at night.

Ai:

Maybe you should change your lifestyle. How about spending some time outdoors? You really need to get active to relieve stress. Or even better, why not take a vacation?

Sho:

A vacation?

Ai:

Yeah! You’re so stressed because you work so much. But if you take a vacation, you’ll be able to relax.

Sho:

You’re right, but I can’t take a vacation now. We’re too busy this month.

Ai:

Well, what about meditating? I do yoga every weekend. Why don’t you go to my yoga class with me this Saturday? I’m sure you’ll feel better after the session. It always makes me feel so calm. I don’t even get mad at Jake on the days that I do yoga!

TRIVIA

Japanese students often say my condition is bad, but this is a direct translation from Japanese that sounds strange in English. Native speakers usually say I don’t feel well or I don’t feel so good.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Only two of the three expressions in the parentheses are correct. Which one is wrong?

ex. (How about / Why not / What about) taking a trip?

 

  1. (Why not / Why don’t you / How about) set some goals?
  2. (What about / Why not / Why don’t you) try something new?
  3. (How about / Why don’t you / What about) going for a jog this afternoon?
  4. (What about / How about / Why not) doing yoga?

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the dialogues using the expressions in the box. More than one answer is possible.

How about…?
What about…?
Why not...?
Why don't you...?

ex.

Tutor: I’m always sick these days.

Student: Why don’t you / Why not take care of your body?

1.

Tutor: I don’t know what to do this weekend.

Student: _____ spending time outdoors?

2.

Tutor: I can’t concentrate at school.

Student: _____ meditate?

3.

Tutor: My body hurts!

Student: _____ going to a hot spring?

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend is worried about how stress is negatively affecting his/her health.


Suggest ways to reduce stress.

Today's grammar tip

  • How about…?
  • What about…?
  • Why don’t you…?
  • Why not…?

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

STRESS

2

IMPROVING EMOTIONAL HEALTH

3

YOGA

1

STRESS

  1. What makes you feel stressed?
  2. How do you feel when you have too much work to do?
  3. What are some of the bad effects of stress?
  4. Do you agree that stress can cause other illnesses?

2IMPROVING EMOTIONAL HEALTH

  1. Do you know someone who needs to improve his/her emotional health?
  2. Do you think taking a vacation can help improve emotional health?
  3. Do you think it’s helpful to read books about how to improve emotional health?
  4. What other things can you do to improve your emotional health?

3YOGA

  1. Have you ever tried yoga before?
  2. Is yoga popular in Japan?
  3. Do you think yoga is a good way to meditate?
  4. Why do you think so many people practice yoga?

FEEDBACK

I can make suggestions for reducing stress.

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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