Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dialogue Workout, 1 to 18 for Beginning Students

"Acrylic and Oil" by Hemi Bawa,
Contemporary Artist from India












Click on the link to a Dialogue Workout. Each page has a recorder and a text. Click on the right facing arrow to hear the recording. Listen and repeat the lines of dialogue you hear. After listening and practicing a couple of times, try performing the conversation with a partner.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dialogue Workout 19 to 38 for High Beginning ESL Students .

"The Embrace" by Diego Rivera, 1923


Click on the link to a Dialogue Workout. Each page has a recorder and a text. Click on the right facing arrow to hear the recording. Listen and repeat the lines of dialogue you hear. After listening and practicing a couple of times, try performing the conversation with a partner.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dialogue Workout 39 to 60, for Intermediate Students

"Love Song" by Giorgio de Chirico, 1917

Click on the link to a Dialogue Workout. Each page has a recorder and a text. Click on the right facing arrow to hear the recording. Listen and repeat the lines of dialogue you hear. After listening and practicing a couple of times, try performing the conversation with a partner.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dialogue Workout, 63 to 80 For High Intermediate Students


Click on the link to a Dialogue Workout. Each page has a recorder and a text. Click on the right facing arrow to hear the recording. Listen and repeat the lines of dialogue you hear. After listening and practicing a couple of times, try performing the conversation with a partner.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Dialogue Workout "A", Present Simple Tense

"Old Town Two" by Wassily Kandinsky


1.
A: My name is Tom. What’s yours?
B: I’m Mary.
A: Hi, Mary. What level are you in?
B: I’m in Level Three. And you?
A: I’m in Level 3, too. So this is the right classroom.
B: Do you work, Tom?

2.
A: Yes, I do. I go to work after class.
B: What kind of work do you do?
A: I’m a baker. I work until 7:00 pm.
B: That’s interesting.
A: Yes, it is. I bake bread and cookies.
B: I’m a baby sitter. I go to work after class too.

3.
A: What days do you work?
B: I work every day except Wednesday. And you?
A: I work every day except weekends.
B: Where do you live?
A: I live in San Francisco. And you?
B: I don’t live in San Francisco, I live in Daly City.

4.
A: Are you married?
B: Yes, I am. My husband works as a janitor.
A: Does he study English too?
B: Yes, he does. He studies at night. How about you?
A: I’m single, but I have a girlfriend.
B: I met my husband eight years ago.

5.
A: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
B: Yes, I do. I come from a large family.
A: Really? How many brothers or sisters do you have?
B: I have four brothers and three sisters.
A: What country are you from.
B: Originally, I’m from Guatemala. But we moved to Mexico three years ago.

6.
A: Do any of your brothers or sisters live here?
B: Yes, two brothers and one sister live in San Francisco.
A: Does your sister attend City College too?
B: Yes, she does. She studies ESL. She’s in Level One. She’s married. Do you come from Mexico?
A: No, I don’t. I’m from Nicaragua.
B: How many children do you have?

7.
A: I have two children, a boy and a girl.
B: How old are they?
A: My son is five and my daughter is seven.
B: Does your son go to school?
A: Yes, he does. He’s in kindergarten. My daughter is in second grade.
B: Do your children like school?

8.
A: They like school very much, but they’re happy after school, too.
B: What do they do after school?
A: They always play in the playground.
B: My sister has three kids. They all go to school.
A: Does she work?
B: Yes, she does. But her schedule is flexible. She works part time.

9.
A: You go to school every day and you also work.
B: Yes, and I also take care of my children.
A: You are a very busy person.
B: So are you. You go to school every day and you work.
A: That’s okay. I like to study.
B: What do you do in your free time?
A: I like to visit my brothers and sisters and listen to music.

10.
A: I like to read good novels and poems.
B: Where do you find books to read?
A: I go to the Mission Branch Library.
B: Where is that library?
A: It’s at the corner of 24th and Bartlett.
B: It’s just two blocks from here.

!!.
A: The summertime is cold in San Francisco.
B: I agree. It is different from my country.
A: It’s always very cold in the morning.
B: It’s foggy outside now.
A: Yes. I wear my jacket every morning.
B: I sometimes wear a sweater when it’s cold.


Present Simple Tense Grammar Exercise at Basic English Grammar.

Dialogue Workout "B" Present Simple Tense

"Blue Mountain" by Wassily Kandinsky



1.
A: My name is Thelma. What’s yours?
B: I’m Robert, but my friends call me Bob.
A: Hi, Bob. What book is that?
B: This is Side by Side Book Two.
A: Is it the book for this Level Three Class?
B: Yes, it is. It isn’t too expensive. It’s a good book.

2.
A: Do you go to work after class?
B: No, I don’t, but I need a job. I ‘m a painter.
A: I’m a sales clerk. I work until 5:00 pm.
B: That’s interesting. Do you have a lot of customers?
A: Yes, we do. We have a lot of good clothing.
B: I want a part time job. I want to learn more English.

3.
A: What days do you work?
B: I work three days a week. It’s a part time job.
A: My brother is a cook. He has a pretty good job.
B: Where does he work?
A: He works downtown. His restaurant is on Market Street
B: I never go downtown. I work in Daly City.

4.
A: Are you married?
B: Yes, I am. My wife works as a waitress.
A: Does she study English too?
B: Yes, she does. She goes to night class.
A: Do you have any children?
B: We have one son. We want another child.

5.
A: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
B: Yes, I do. I come from a large family.
A: Really? How many brothers or sisters do you have?
B: I have two brothers and eight sisters.
A: Wow. You certainly have a large family.
B: Most of them are here in the U.S. They live in different parts of the country.

6.
A: Do any of your sisters live in San Francisco?
B: Yes, my sister Sylvia lives here. She studies at City College.
A: Does she speak English?
B: Yes, she does. She speaks English very well.
A: Does she speak any other languages?
B: She speaks a little French too. She took a French class last year.

7.
A: She’s married and has two daughters.
B: How old are they?
A: They are twelve and thirteen.
B: Do they go to school?
A: Yes. They both go to Horace Mann Middle School.
B: Do her children like school?

8.
A: They like school very much. They have excellent teachers.
B: What do they usually do on weekends?
A: They like to visit their uncle. He has a big TV.
B: My sister has three kids. They don’t go to school. They’re too young..
A: Does she work?
B: What do you mean? She has three kids. She’s a full time mother.

9.
A: How far do you live from this campus?
B: I live about two miles from here. I have to take the bus. How about you?
A: I only live a few blocks from Mission Campus. I usually walk unless it rains.
B: The bus is slow. Sometimes I wait a long time.
A: My friend Jose drives to school.
B: That’s convenient.
A: Not always. It’s difficult to find a parking space.

10.
A: I try to eat well and get exercise.
B: You look healthy.
A: I walk a lot, and I also ride my bicycle when I can.
B: I try to exercise, but I don’t always have time.
A: A little exercise is good for you.
B: I enjoy swimming and playing tennis.

11.
A: Does this class meet Monday to Friday?
B: Yes, it does. This is a morning class. The afternoon classes don’t meet on Friday.
A: Do the evening classes meet on Friday?
B: No, they don’t. They only meet Monday to Thursday nights.
A: My husband works in the morning. He needs an evening class.



Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dialogue Workout #61- It's good Past Perfect Practice.


1.
A: How was you weekend?
B: It wasn’t a bad weekend, but it was too short.
A: Did you do anything interesting?
B: I went to a party at Mike’s house.
A: Did you enjoy it?
B: Yes, I did. I hadn’t gone to a party in a long time.
2.
A: Did you see any movies on the weekend?
B: Yes, I saw “Mission to Mars”. It wasn’t bad.
A: I heard about it. There are a lot special effects.
B: Yes, the special effects were the best part.
A: So, did you enjoy it?
B: Yes, I did. I hadn’t gone to a movie in ages.
3.
A: I don’t usually go to movies.
B: I never go to movies. I haven’t gone to a movie in two months.
A: What did you do over the weekend?
B: I went bowling for the first time in six years.
A: That must have been fun.
B: It was a lot of fun.
4.
A: How was your trip to L.A.?
B: I didn’t go to L.A. as I had planned.
A: What happened? I thought you were going.
B: I missed the plane.
A: You missed the plane? What a shame.
B: Yea. By the time I got to the airport,
the plane had already left.
5.
A: How was Jack’s party?
B: We didn’t enjoy the party very much.
A: How come? You were looking forward to it.
B: We got there very late.
A: You got there late?
B: Yea. By the time we got there,
most of the guests had already left.
6.
A: How was the wedding reception?
B: It was okay. It could have been better.
A: Really? I thought there was going to be a lot of good food.
B: There was a lot of good food.
A: So, what was the problem with it?
B: There were too many guests. By the time
we reached the food, it had already been eaten.
7.
A: What did you do over the weekend?
B: I worked both Saturday and Sunday.
A: Oh, you didn’t have much time to relax.
B: It was okay. I got a lot of overtime pay.
A: I hope you will have a day off soon.
B: Sure, I will have a day off on Wednesday.
And it’ll be great. I haven’t had a day off in a couple of weeks.
8.
A: How was your day off yesterday?
B: I really enjoyed it because I hadn’t had a day off in
about two weeks.
A: I know. You’ve been working very hard lately.
B: I’ve been trying to do two jobs.
A: That kind of schedule can take a lot out of you.
B: It sure can. I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted.
9.
A: I’m worried about Sandra.
B: How come?
A: She’s been working ten hours a day, seven days a week.
B: She doesn’t have a day off?
A: No, she doesn’t. She hasn’t had a day off in five weeks.
B: We should talk to her. She needs to take a break.
10.
A: Did you do anything special on the weekend?
B: Yes, I took my children to the zoo.
A: No kidding. Was that fun?
B: Yes, it was. I hadn’t been to the zoo since I was a kid.
A: And your children enjoyed it?
B: Oh, yeah. They had a ball.