Anna and her producer, Amelia, are planning the new children's show. Anna has lots of ideas for the show. Will Amelia like them and work well with Anna?
Learn to pronounce the new words for this lesson and how to talk about your favorite season and vacation activities.
Use this video to learn how to do shadowing, or repeating soon after you hear a native speaker.
Anna: Washington, D.C. has four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn or fall. My favorite season is summer because of summer vacation!Hey, that will be a great subject for my new work assignment -- the children’s show. I can teach what families in the U.S. do during summer vacation.Today, I’m planning the show with Amelia. This is the first time we are working together. I hope we can work well together. Hi, Amelia!
Amelia: Hi, Anna! So, what are we going to talk about on the first show?
Anna: I want to talk about summer vacation.
Amelia: That will be fun! Are you going on vacation this summer?
Anna: No. This summer I am too busy.
Amelia: That’s too bad.
Anna: It’s okay. I can go on vacation next summer. This show will be a lot of fun too!
Amelia: So, Anna, what’s the plan for the show?
Anna: First, we’re going to introduce the subject. Then we can show pictures and video.
Amelia: We can show tons of video!
Anna: Right! We can interview children and have guests, too.
Amelia: Kids can ask us questions.
Anna: Great idea! Finally, we can read the questions and tell them where to learn more.
Amelia: Okay, let’s try it!
Anna: Let’s do it!
Anna: Hi there! And welcome to … Amelia, we don’t have a name for the show.
Amelia: We’ll think of a name later. For now, we'll call it “The Show.”
Anna: Great. Hi there! And welcome to “The Show.”
Anna: Today we are going to take you on a summer vacation! You will see popular things to do on vacation!
Anna: One is camping. When you go camping, you cook, sleep and play outdoors!
Amelia: When I go camping, Anna, I like to go hiking and fishing.
Anna: Me, too. Those are fun things to do when you go camping!
Anna: These people are hiking.
Amelia: Okay, let’s talk about the next vacation.
Anna: Another popular summer vacation is going to an amusement park. At an amusement park, you go on rides and eat lots of fun food!
Amelia: I love cotton candy … !
Anna & Amelia: and rollercoasters!
Amelia: This show is going to be a lot of fun.
Anna: I know!
Anna: This is riding a rollercoaster!
Amelia: Whoooo! What is the last vacation?
Anna: One of the most popular vacations is … going to the beach!
Anna & Amelia: I love the beach!
Anna: When I see that blue ocean, I want to leave Washington, D.C. immediately and go to the beach!
Anna: Maybe next summer.
Amelia: But right now, it’s time to work!
Anna: Right. Until next time ...
What is your favorite season? What do you like to do when you go on a vacation? Tell us about the next vacation you plan to go on. Write to us by email or in the Comments section. Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice with a friend.
Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.
The learning strategy for this lesson is Plan. When we learn a new language, planning helps us to continue to learn well.
In the video, you can see Amelia and Anna planning for the new children's show. Notice how they talk about a list of the things they will do. "First, we’re going to introduce the subject. Then we can show pictures and video. ... We can interview children and have guests too. Great idea! Finally, we can read the questions and tell them where to learn more."
How do you plan when using or learning English? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email
. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.
Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.
amusement park - n. a place that has many games and rides (such as roller coasters and merry-go-rounds) for entertainment
beach - n. an area covered with sand or small rocks that is next to an ocean or lake
camping - n. the activity of sleeping outdoors in a tent usually for enjoyment
cotton candy - n. candy made from sugar that is boiled, spun into a soft material using a special machine, and then wound around a stick
fishing - n. the sport or business of catching fish
guest - n. a usually well-known person who is invited to appear or perform on a program
hike - n. to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise
immediately - adv. without any delay
introduce - v. to speak briefly to an audience about something that is about to begin
kid - n. a young person
outdoors - adv. outside a building or not inside a building
plan n. - a set of actions that have been thought of as a way to do or achieve something
plan - v. to think about and arrange the parts or details of (something) before it happens or is made
right - adv. in a direct course or manner
right now = immediately
rollercoaster - n. a ride at an amusement park which is like a small, open train with tracks that are high off the ground and that have sharp curves and steep hills
season - n. one of the four periods into which the year is commonly divided
subject - n. the person or thing that is being discussed or described
swimming - n. the sport or activity of moving through water by moving your arms and legs
vacation - n. a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel
The Four Seasons:
spring - n. the season when plants and trees begin to grow
summer - n. the warmest season of the year
autumn - n. the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall
winter - n. the coldest season of the year
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 talking about what you do in different seasons.
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 focus: Talking about a sequence of events using going to to talk about future events
Topics: Vacations; Seasons
Learning Strategy: Planning
Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Talking about plans; vacation activities; shadowing and summarizing
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