Lesson 6: Sharing Big News
Guess what? Kenta and I are tying the knot!

I can listen to and understand big news.

INTRODUCE

People share significant events in their lives, like a marriage proposal or a promotion, to express their joy and excitement.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.

    1. Guess what? is an introductory phrase used to share surprising news.

     

    Guess what? Doris is having a baby!

     

     

    2. I have something to share is used when you want to tell others about something significant.

     

    Jude, I have something to share. I’m getting assigned to Dubai next year.

     

     

    3. You’ll never guess… is used to introduce something that is hard to believe.

     

    You’ll never guess what happened at work this morning! Five people just got fired!

     

     

    II. Imagine you have big news to share. Tell your tutor about it using the expressions above.

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When a word ends in -ing, sometimes /g/ is dropped.
Phrase Example

something to share

/ suhm-thin’ tuh shair /

Hey, I have / suhm-thin’ tuh shair /.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Kelsie is listening to a voicemail from Mami.

TRIVIA

The phrase dekikon (デキ婚) can be translated as shotgun wedding in English. The term comes from the image of a protective father using his shotgun to convince a man to marry his daughter because of a sudden pregnancy.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

The underlined expressions are close but not quite correct. Correct them.

  1. Guess when? Sam and I decided to move in together!
  2. You’ll guess what happened today. I met the prime minister!
  3. I have something for sharing. I just got my dream car!

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences using your own information.

  1. Guess what? __________!
  2. I have something to share. __________.
  3. You’ll never guess what happened. __________.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend Amanda left you a voicemail about some exciting news. Listen to her voicemail. Then, share Amanda’s big news with another friend.

Today's Expressions

  • Guess what?
  • I have something to share.
  • You’ll never guess…

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SHARING BIG NEWS

2

GOOD AND BAD NEWS

3

REACTING TO NEWS

1

SHARING BIG NEWS

  1. What big news have you shared recently?
  2. What’s the best way to share big news (ex. in person, on social media)?
  3. Should you always share big news with family before friends?
  4. Is it always necessary to share big news with others?

2GOOD AND BAD NEWS

  1. What was the last good news you shared with someone?
  2. What was the last bad news you shared with someone?
  3. Which do you prefer to hear first, good news or bad news?
  4. What do you do to feel better after you hear bad news (ex. eat ice cream, watch a funny movie)?

3REACTING TO NEWS

  1. How would you react if your best friend said he/she was having a baby?
  2. How would you react if your best friend said he/she was moving overseas?
  3. How would you react if your best friend said he/she got fired?
  4. How would you react if your best friend said he/she won the lottery?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand big news.

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