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Bad News/Brothers (#115)

Pt. 1- Rebecca and Kevin call a priest and their father's estranged brother, Brendan, who lives in Illinois. Father O'Conner administers the Sacrament of the Sick to Rebecca's father. Sandy arrives at the hospital and tries unsuccessfully to hide the fact that Jack has been hitting her.
Grammar lessons: past continuous tense, yes/no questions and short answers; past continuous tense, w h- questions; there is/are and there was/were: yes/no questions and short answers.
Pt. 2- Brendan Casey arrives and reconciles with his brother just before he dies. Funeral arrangements are made, and friends and relatives are contacted.
Grammar lessons: adverbial phrases and clauses: one action before or after another action; adverbial phrases and clauses: two actions at the same time; past continuous and simple past tense. [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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