It can be fun to talk with friends about what you dreamed of becoming when you were a child.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. To buckle down means to start working on something seriously.
I need to buckle down and focus on my studies, or I might not pass.
2. To fool around means to spend time doing unnecessary or silly things.
Stop fooling around! You have an interview tomorrow that you need to prepare for.
3. To reach for the stars means to try to achieve something very difficult.
My mom always encouraged me to reach for the stars, and look at me now! I own two three-star restaurants.
II. Use the expressions above to talk about what you should do to achieve your goals in life.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
reach for the stars
/ reech fer thuh starz /
Don’t be afraid to / reech fer thuh starz /.
do the impossible
/ du thee im-pah-sih-bul /
You can / du thee im-pah-sih-bul /.
Charlie is listening to Yuko talk about her childhood dreams.
While it’s commonly thought that most children dream of being professional sports stars, singers, or doctors, a recent survey conducted revealed that many Japanese children dream of becoming businesspeople or civil servants!
STEP A EXERCISE
Rephrase the sentences using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
- If you want to win the dance contest, you need to start practicing seriously.
- James says he wants to join the football team, but instead of practicing, he just plays video games all day.
- My mom taught me to aim for even the most difficult things.
STEP B EXERCISE
Choose the sentences that best go with the underlined expressions.
1. Elaine wants to reach for the stars. ________.
- She wants to make her parents proud
- She wants to get taller
2. My brother is never serious and is always fooling around at work. ________.
- I’m sure his manager likes him a lot
- He has a high chance of getting fired
3. You should start buckling down. ________.
- If you don’t, you’ll never graduate med school and become a doctor
- Keep it up, and you’ll graduate med school with no problem
During your break at work, you received a voice message from an old friend from school. Listen to it. Then, tell your coworker about the voicemail.
- buckle down
- fool around
- reach for the stars
Discuss your ideas.
REACHING FOR THE STARS
2REACHING FOR THE STARS
I can listen to and understand someone talking about their childhood dreams.
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