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A Night Out/First Day of Class (#109)

Pt. 1- Rebecca and Alberto meet Alberto's family, the Mendozas, who are now close to retiring from their family restaurant. Alberto has a divorced brother, Ramon, with a young son, Alex. Ramon suggests Rebecca take a job with his son's after-school program.
Grammar lessons: can and could (ability, possibility); can you/could you/would you (requests); can, could, and may (permission).
Pt. 2- Rebecca finds her first day of classes at the San Francisco College of Music intimidating and expensive. She likes the after-school program a lot and meets Alex and his friend Vincent Wang. Meanwhile, Alberto is working on a deal with some investors who want to buy his parents' restaurant.
Grammar review: direct object nouns and pronouns; grammar lessons: direct object infinitives: affirmative and negative statements; direct object infinitives: yes/no questions and short answers. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer, this English language learner (ELL) series touches on life's important issues: leaving home, parenting, education, work, love, success, and loss. All of the characters use meaningful, natural language that students can put to work immediately in their own lives. Each episode features dialogue that is slightly slowed down and subtly simplified. Key lines are repeated, idioms paraphrased, and important events retold. There are constant visual clues to meaning, such as written signs, notes, and documents. Closed captioning may be used as a teaching and literacy resource.

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