Sunita Arjun! It’s three o’clock!
Arjun Yeah… So?
Sunita So, we need to pick up Deepak from school.
Arjun Oh. Could you go and get him? I’m busy!
Sunita What do you mean, you’re busy?
Arjun Just doing some work.
Sunita I think it might be better if you switch it on first! So you’re busy, you can’t go and pick up Deepak from school, and you’re working? Wow!
Arjun Actually, I’ve just finished. Oh look... it’s three o’clock, time to go and get Deepak from school. I’ll go and get him.
Sunita Oh, that’s so kind of you, thank you! Oh... we don’t have any coffee. Maybe you can pick some up, when you’re in town?
Arjun Yeah, OK. I’ll take Deepak into town with me. We need to get a few things too.
(The phone rings)
Teacher Hello, Mrs Chowdry?
Teacher Oh, hello Mrs Chowdry. It’s Mrs Palmer here. Deepak’s school teacher.
Sunita Oh yes, hello. Is everything OK? My husband has gone to collect Deepak from school. He’s not late is he?
Teacher No, no, everything’s fine. And his reading’s getting much better now. But I didn’t have time to speak with your husband today.
Sunita Oh, what about?
Teacher Well, it’s just that today, in class, Deepak said he couldn’t see the whiteboard very well.
Teacher At home, does he have problems seeing things? Like the TV or anything?
Sunita Oh I don’t know.
Sunita I’ve never noticed.
Teacher Well, I was thinking. Perhaps he needs glasses.
Teacher Yeah. But, the thing is, sometimes it’s difficult to talk about this with children. Some children, you know, they just don’t want to wear glasses, they’re worried that they’ll look silly, or that the other children will laugh.
Sunita I see.
Teacher So, perhaps if you found a good time to sit down with Deepak and talk about it with him. You could explain it, you know, tell him that there’s nothing wrong with wearing glasses.
Teacher And then maybe go and see an optician, get an eye test for him.
Sunita I see.
Teacher It’s important for him to understand why glasses can be good for him. He needs to feel positive about it, you know, feel good about the glasses.
Sunita Oh. OK, well, I’ll talk with my husband about it this evening.
Teacher Ok, well, I hope that’s helpful. I just wanted to tell you.
Sunita Yes, well, thank you very much.
Teacher OK, Mrs Chowdry. Bye.
Sunita Bye. So Deepak needs glasses!
Arjun OK Deepak, can you go to the toilet now please? And remember to wash your hands.
Arjun Hi there.
Sunita Deepak’s teacher phoned.
Sunita But we’ll talk about it later. When Deepak’s gone to sleep.
Arjun OK. Expensive day today! I hope you won’t be angry with me!
Arjun Well, I noticed that Deepak sometimes doesn’t see very well. Like, he often sits very close to the TV.
Sunita You noticed?! Arjun!
Arjun Yes, so I took him to the optician’s last week. And he had an eye test.
Sunita You did?
Arjun Yes. Didn’t I tell you that?
Sunita No! I’m just, surprised, that’s all!
Arjun Anyway, so…. I got him some glasses. And we picked them up today.
Arjun But you know, it’s important for him to feel good about his glasses, about wearing them.
Sunita Arjun, did you talk to Deepak’s teacher?
Arjun What? No? Why?
Sunita No, I’m just wondering. Yes, I mean I know that’s true. But how are you going to get him to feel good about wearing glasses? That’s very difficult….
Arjun What?! No, it’s easy. I’m showing him that glasses can be fun. Look…
Sunita Sometimes, I think you are the 6-year-old!
Arjun Well, why not? When I wear these glasses, Deepak wants to wear his glasses too!
Sunita You know what, sometimes, you can be a really really good dad!
Arjun ‘Sometimes’? What do you mean ‘sometimes’? Deepak! Come and show mummy your glasses. I’m wearing mine!
Teachers often need to talk to the parents of children who are in their class about how the child is getting on. This video will help you learn new words, give you listening practice and help you understand and make polite suggestions.
▶Task 1 - understanding the film
▶Task 2 - learn words from the film
▶Task 3 - make sentences
▶Task 4 - making requests and suggestions
If you want to ask someone to do something, you can either make a request or a suggestion:
'Can you talk to the teacher, please?'
Listen to the audio:
'You could talk to the teacher.'
Listen to the audio:
Practise saying the sentences aloud.
Suggestions are usually more polite than requests because you suggest, rather than tell someone what to do.
▶Task 5 - grouping
▶Task 6 - your turn
Practise saying the sentences.
Could you make me a cup of tea, please?
Please could you help me with my homework?
Maybe you could make me a cup of tea.
Perhaps you could help me with my homework.
- You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. If you think you could improve, you can record yourself again.