Lesson 40: The Woods Are Alive

Let's Learn English - Level 1














Anna's New Year’s Resolution is to try something new. She auditions for a play. Will she get the part?



Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 40: The Woods Are Alive



Anna: Happy New Year! Some people, at the start of a new year, make a resolution -- a promise to yourself to be better. I thought about my resolution carefully. I want to be an actor on the stage! Today I will audition for a show called "The Woods Are Alive!" Wish me luck!
Director: Next! What is your name?
Anna: My name is Anna Matteo.
Director: Are you ready to audition?
Anna: (warms up voice) Yes.
Director: Great. Let's begin on page 1. Here is the story. You are lost in the woods. You are searching desperately for a way out. Suddenly, you hear something.
Director: Now, say your line.
Anna: 'What was that? Hello. Is someone there?'
Director: Anna, you are speaking too softly. Can you speak more loudly and a little more, um, seriously?
Anna: Yes, of course I can. 'What was that? Hello. Is someone there?' Is that loud enough?
Director: Yes, that is loud enough. Let's turn to page 25. In this scene, you are moving slowly and quietly through the woods.
Director: Anna. Anna! You are walking quickly and loudly. Walk slowly and quietly.
Anna: I'm walking slowly and quietly. I am walking…
Director: Anna. Anna. You don't need to say "slowly" and "quietly." Alright, let's try the last scene. Turn to page 48. I say my line first, then you say your line.
Director: 'You will never get out of these woods alive! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!'
Anna: 'Yes, I will.'
Director: Okay, Anna, you said that line -- you said that line reallylate. You need to say it earlier.
Anna: Sorry. Sorry. Let me try again.
Director: 'You will never …'
Anna: 'Yes, I will.'
Director: '… get out of the woods alive.'
Anna: I was tooearly, wasn't I?
Director: Yes. Yes, you were.
Anna: Director, how am I doing?
Director: You know, Anna. I think that I have the perfect part for you.
Director: The costume is in the back. Please go try it on.
Anna: Awesome! (Anna returns as a tree.)
Director: Oh, Anna, that fits you perfectly!
Anna: I'm a tree. I'm a tree in … "The Woods Are Alive!" Yes!
Anna: My new year is starting awesomely! Excuse me, Director! I have a great idea for my tree. Oh, wait! Until next time!

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is self-evaluate. Whenwe speak English or try to do something new, it helps to self-evaluate, or check how well we are doing it.

In this lesson, when Anna asks the director of the play, "How am I doing?" she wants to learn how well she is acting. The director tells her that she said her line too late. Later, Anna notices a problem: "I was tooearly, wasn’t I?' She is self-evaluating. This strategy can help to make her a better actor.

Do you ever self-evaluate when you speak English?

actor - n. a person who acts in a play or a movie
audition - n. a short performance to show the talents of someone (such as an actor or a musician) who is being considered for a role in a play or a position in an orchestra
desperately - adv. in a way that is very sad and or upset manner because of having little or no hope
director - n. a person who directs a play or a movie
enough - adj. equal to what is needed
line - n. the words that an actor speaks in a play, movie or TV show
loudly - adv. in a manner that makes or causes a lot of noise
page - n. one side of a sheet of paper
quickly - adv. at a fast speed; rapidly
quietly - adv. in a manner that makes little noise
resolution - n. a promise to yourself that you will make a serious effort to do something that you should do
scene - n. a division of an act in a play during which the action takes place in a single place without a break in time
script - n. the written form of a play, movie, or television show
softly - adv. in a quiet voice or manner
stage - n. a raised platform in a theater or auditorium where the performers stand
suddenly - adv. very quickly in usually an unexpected way
Adverbs (loudly, quietly, slowly); Comparatives of adverbs (more seriously); Review agent nouns (actor, director)






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