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Lesson 41: Teamwork Works Best With a Team


Summary

Anna meets with her boss, Ms. Weaver, for her yearly review. Ms. Weaver wants Anna to have higher numbers for the audience of her show. How will Anna make her audience numbers go up?

Speaking

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about sentences that include the words "if" and "will." These are called present real conditional sentences.

Pronunciation

When we want our listener to notice one or two words in a sentence, we can say them louder, or put more emphasis on them. Learn how to do that in this video.

Conversation

Anna: Hi. I am walking to work. Today my boss will tell me what she thinks of my work. Is it good? Or is it bad? Okay, time for work. I am going right now. Okay, okay, I’m going!

Ms. Weaver: Anna, hello.
Anna: Hello.
Ms. Weaver: Sit down. As you know, at the start of a new year we have a work review.
Anna: Yes. It’s time for mine.
Ms. Weaver: Yes. Anna, this chart shows the audience of The Time Traveling Treehouse. If you look at it, you will see something bad. Your audience is going down, down, DOWN!
Anna: Ms. Weaver, I think the chart is upside down.
Anna: Here, let’s flip that around. Now, it’s right-side up.
Ms. Weaver: Oh. If you look at this chart, you will see something good. Your audience is big.
Anna: Good!
Ms. Weaver: But not big enough.
Anna: Not good.
Ms. Weaver: I want to see these numbers go up, and up, and UP!
Anna: How?
Ms. Weaver: I have something -- idea posters!
Anna: (whispers) Idea posters.
Ms. Weaver: You really ought to think seriously about them. I like this one. Please read it.
Anna: “If at first you SUCCEED; you will be a success.” Well, it's a cute cat.
Ms. Weaver: Here’s another one. I like it.
Anna: “WORKING HARD looks hard because it really is hard.” I see. It's another cute cat.
Ms. Weaver: This is my favorite.
Anna: “TEAMWORK works best with a team.” A team of cats. Look at all those cats!
Ms. Weaver: So, Anna, do you understand what I want?
Anna: Yes, Ms. Weaver. I understand.
Anna: Okay, team. There is a problem in the Treehouse.
Amelia: Problem? What's the problem?
Anna: Our audience is big.
Bryan: But that's a good thing.
Anna: No, it is not big enough.
Anna: Please don’t worry. I know what Ms. Weaver wants. Here’s the plan. (whispers)
Bryan: Is that what she wants?
Amelia: Are you sure?
Anna: Yes. Let’s get to work!
Anna: Good job, team. This is exactly what Ms. Weaver wants!
Anna: Welcome to The Time Traveling Treehouse! Today you will learn about a very popular pet … cats!
MINDY: Anna. Did I give you enough cats?
Anna: I don’t know, MINDY. I think we need more cats!

Writing

In this lesson, what do you think Ms. Weaver wants? Do you ever have trouble understanding the advice that others give you? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.

Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet, and practice making sentences with "if."

Activity Sheet Lesson 41
Activity Sheet Lesson 41

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Use Selective Attention. When you are listening in English, sometimes we can't understand every word. At those times, you can listen for the important words and try your best to understand.

In this lesson, Anna tries to understand Ms. Weaver. Ms. Weaver wants Anna to get a bigger audience. But Anna pays attention to the cats in the posters that Ms. Weaver shows her. She thinks Ms. Weaver wants to see more cats in The Time Traveling Treehouse.

When you use selective attention, you may not always understand perfectly. But you can always ask a question to check on your understanding. Anna did not ask to make sure of what Ms.Weaver wanted. In real life, you should check your understanding when you use selective attention.

Do you ever use selective attention? Do you think Anna made a mistake when she used selective attention in this lesson? Write to us about it in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Quiz

Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.

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New Words

audience - n. the people who watch, read, or listen to something
cat - n. a small animal that is related to lions and tigers and that is often kept by people as a pet
chart- n. information in the form of a table or a diagram
cute - adj. having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance
exactly - adv. used to stress that something is accurate, complete, or correct
flip - v. to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly
meow - v. to make a crying sound as cats do
pet - n. an animal (such as a dog, cat, bird, or fish) that people keep mainly for pleasure
poster - n. a usually large picture that is put on walls as a decoration
review - n. an act of carefully looking at or examining the quality or condition of something or someone
right-side up - noun phrase. with the top or correct side facing up
succeed - v. to do what you are trying to do or to achieve the correct or desired result
success - n. a person or thing that succeeds
teamwork - n. the work done by people who work together as a team to do something
upside down- adv. in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are reversed in position

Free Materials

Word Book
Word Book

Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.

Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice making conditional sentences.

For Teachers

Let's Learn English Lesson Plan Lesson 41: Teamwork Works Best With a Team
Let's Learn English Lesson Plan Lesson 41: Teamwork Works Best With a Team

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar: Future Real Conditional (If clauses)

Topics: Asking for & giving feedback about job performance; Identifying ways to improve performance at work or school; Interpreting advice

Learning Strategy: Use Selective Attention

Speaking & Pronunciation: Pronouncing contrastive stress

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