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Sample Lesson Overview

There are 6 Units divided into 25 individual lessons in our program. Enjoy a free sample lesson. Here is the suggested sequence and explanation of the exercises and activities in each lesson.

1. The Prelisten: In this activity, you will be offered a joke or a quote of a famous person that relates to the subjects of discussion in the video. It will prepare you for listening and will make your understanding easier.

2. First viewing/listening: Watch and listen to the video at least two times (and possibly more) . After the first time, you will need to answer general and relatively easy questions about what you have heard and seen in the video in Exercise 1. You will have the option of opening the transcript (text) of the conversation and reading it as you listen. We recommend you try listening without the transcript first, though, because in real life there won't be any transcripts.

3. Exercise 1: This exercise will test your SURFACE (initial) understanding of the conversation and include questions of general nature about the place, time, circumstances, and factual information mentioned in the discussion. If you choose an incorrect answer, click on the DETAILS button. An explanation of why your choice was incorrect will appear.

4. Vocabulary Notes : This section will explain the difficult words, idioms, usage, and grammar points involved in the video. It will prepare you for your second viewing and listening of the video.

5. Spontaneous Speech: This section trains the student to recognize common natural speech patterns.

6. Second viewing/listening: After you familiarize yourself with the Vocabulary, watch the video at least one more time and you will understand it much better.

7. Exercise 2: Do this exercise after you have read the Vocabulary Section and viewed the video the second time. This exercise will have more challenging questions (compared to Exercise 1) and will test your understanding of the conversation on a DEEP level. The questions will test your understanding not only of the facts and circumstances, but also motives and feelings of the participants, as well as the cultural context and different ways of thinking and processing information. The DETAILS window will explain why your answer choice was incorrect.

8. Guess That Word Game: This game will reinforce the vocabulary of the lesson and test your spelling.

9. Reading: The Reading Section will have a short authentic article taken from various Internet sources. It will expand (give you more information) your knowledge on the topics raised in the conversation in each particular lesson. The reading will have a set of new vocabulary words and expressions with the definitions and other clues. You will be offered to fill in the blanks in the article with the correct words from the vocabulary list.

10. Match: This activity will test your knowledge of the vocabulary you have just learned in the Reading Section by matching each item with the appropriate synonym (a word or words with the same or similar meaning), antonym (a word or words with the opposite meaning) or a sample sentence.

11. Forum: In this section you will be offered to read and answer a few questions from the instructor about the issues raised in the lesson. You will also read the posts of other learners who worked on our program before you. This is the place where you can voice you opinion and share your personal experiences with other learners.

Not included in the sample is the FINAL UNIT TEST that will test your knowledge of the material of the entire unit. This test can be taken only once.

To navigate (go) from one activity to the next, click on the "Next" button and follow the suggested order. If you like this lesson, there are 24 more lessons like this one waiting for you after you sign up for the program. See you later!

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