Paying attention to instructions is an important skill no matter where you are.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. Use be careful not to… to warn someone not to do something.
Be careful not to spill anything on your laptop.
2. Use it helps to… to give someone advice on how to do something in an easier way.
When you want to focus on reading a book, it helps to be in a quiet, well-lit place.
3. Use don’t forget to… to remind someone to do something.
Don’t forget to turn off the lights before you leave.
II. Imagine you’re explaining how to use something in your apartment to a foreign friend. Choose one of the items below and use the expressions above to give instructions.
wireless smartphone charger
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ fer-geh-too /
Don’t / fer-geh-too / check if you’re connected to the internet.
/ nah-too /
Be careful / nah-too / turn off airplane mode.
Mami and Kenta just arrived at a hotel in Finland for their honeymoon. They’re having issues connecting to the internet, so Mami called the front desk.
The term Wi-Fi is actually trademarked by Wi-Fi Alliance, a company that develops wireless networking technology. Other trademarked terms that native speakers commonly use to talk about objects include Q-tips and Band-Aids. The generic terms for these items are cotton swabs and adhesive bandages, respectively.
STEP A EXERCISE
Replace the underlined parts with expressions from the box.
- Definitely remember to wash the onions before cutting them. They have a lot of dirt on them still.
- Just a warning: Don’t cut yourself with the knife. I just had them sharpened last week.
- Oh, and one tip: It’s a good idea to soak the onions in cold water before cutting them. That way, they won’t sting your eyes.
STEP B EXERCISE
Rephrase the sentences using the clues and expressions in the box.
ex. (warning) Don’t carry too many things at once.
→ Be careful not to carry too many things at once.
- (reminder) Take the house key when you leave.
- (warning) Don’t turn on the air conditioning in the car immediately.
- (tip/advice) Use numbers and symbols to make your password harder to guess.
You just moved into a new apartment and are shopping for a new TV. Listen to the salesperson’s instructions about how to use it. Then, explain to your roommate how to use the TV.
- Be careful not to...
- It helps to...
- Don’t forget to...
Discuss your ideas.
I can listen to and understand instructions.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation