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The Retirement Party/The Phone Call (#113)

Pt. 1- Alex reacts badly to the news that he may have to go to Los Angeles. Alberto brings Rebecca to the retirement party for the Mendozas, and Mrs. Mendoza speculates about which of her sons Rebecca should marry.
Grammar lessons: the future with will: affirmative and negative statements; the future with will: yes/no questions and short answers; wh - questions; present continuous tense and simple present tense for future meaning.
Pt. 2- Mr. Mendoza announces that they won't sell the restaurant. Rebecca's godmother informs Rebecca that her father has been taken to the hospital in Boston.
Grammar lessons: have to: present tense, affirmative and negative statements; yes/no questions and short answers; have to: past tense, affirmative and negative statements; yes/no questions and short answers; compound sentences with or. [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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