Tape 1 A Day in the Life of a Typical American Family with a Student
Tape 2 A Day in the Life of a Typical American Family with a Student
Tape 1 A Day in the Life of a Typical American Family with a Student
Situation 1 Waking Up
(It is Monday morning. Robert's Mom comes into his room and wakes him up.)
Robert's Mom (Mother): Robert, wake up. It's seven o'clock.
Robert (Son): Oh, Mom. Can't I sleep a little longer?
Robert's Mom (Mother): No, you have to catch the bus at seven forty-five.
Robert (Son): Okay, I'll get up.
Robert's Mom (Mother): That's a good boy. I'll get breakfast ready while you take a shower.
Robert (Son): Is anyone in the bathroom?
Robert's Mom (Mother): No, you can shower right now.
Robert (Son): Great! What's for breakfast?
Robert's Mom (Mother): I haven't decided yet. You just take your shower, brush your teeth and hair. And I'll take care of the food.
Robert (Son): All right. I'll come downstairs in fifteen minutes.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Ten minutes would be better.
Robert (Son): I'll hurry, but I can't promise.
Robert's Mom (Mother): But you might miss the bus if you wait too long.
Robert (Son): You are right, Mom. I'll be down in ten minutes.
Robert's Mom (Mother): That's a good boy. Hurry up!
Robert (Son): Hey, Mom. Can you make waffles for breakfast?
Robert's Mom (Mother): I can't promise. But if you hurry, I might make them.
Robert (Son): For waffles, I'll always hurry.
Situation 2 Breakfast
(Coming downstairs and sitting at the table.)
Robert (Son): Mom, breakfast smells great. What is it?
Robert's Mom (Mother): It's waffles. Just like you wanted.
Robert (Son): Thanks, Mom. You're the best!
Robert's Mom (Mother): Yes, but only when I make what you want to eat.
Robert (Son): Mom, you know that's not true.
Robert's Mom (Mother): I know. I was only joking. I also made you some sausage and orange juice.
Robert (Son): Perfect! How did you know sausage and waffles were my favorite?
Robert's Mom (Mother): Robert, I'm your mother. I know everything about you.
Robert (Son): Not everything.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Oh, really? What don't I know?
Robert (Son): Well, you don't know I'm on the basketball team at school.
Robert's Mom (Mother): The what?
Robert (Son): The basketball team. I'm on the team and I'm playing forward.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Does you father know about this?
Robert (Son): No. And he doesn't have to know. If you don't tell him …
Robert's Mom (Mother): Robert, you know I have to tell him. He is your father.
Robert (Son): Yeah, but Mom, you know he won't understand.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Yes, he will. You just have to explain it to him.
Robert (Son): No, he won't. He just wants me to study. He doesn't like sports at all.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Yes, he does. He plays golf.
Robert (Son): Mom, golf is not a sport. It's a game for old people.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Be careful! I play golf too.
Robert (Son): I know. I just mean it's not sport like basketball.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Oh, here comes your father now. We'll tell him.
Robert (Son): Do you have to?
Robert's Mom (Mother): Yes.
Situation 3 Talking to Dad
(Robert's Dad comes downstairs and joins Robert and his Mom at the table.)
Robert's Mom (Mother): Good morning, dear.
Robert (Son): Good morning, Dad.
Robert's Dad (Father): Good morning, you two. What were you just talking about?
Robert (Son): Nothing.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Robert, tell your father which you just told me!
Robert's Dad (Father): What's that, Robert?
Robert (Son): Well, it's really nothing. But I am play a little basketball after school these days.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Robert, it's more than just a little basketball.
Robert's Dad (Father): Which is it, a little or more?
Robert (Son): Dad, I am on the basketball team. Isn't that great?
Robert's Dad (Father): I'm not sure. You know how I feel about you playing sports and not studying.
Robert (Son): But I am studying, Dad. I promise.
Robert's Dad (Father): I still don't like the idea of you playing when you should be doing schoolwork.
Robert (Son): But I can do both. I can play sports and do my schoolwork.
Robert's Dad (Father): Are you sure?
Robert (Son): Yes.
Robert's Dad (Father): What do you think, dear?
Robert's Mom (Mother): I think we should give him a chance. If he can keep good grades in school while playing basketball, then we should let him play. But if his grades are bad, he will have to quit the team.
Robert (Son): Yeah, Dad. That's fair.
Robert's Dad (Father): Well, it's sounds okay. Let's give it a try. But if you don't do your schoolwork, you'll off the team. Do you understand?
Robert (Son): Yes. Thanks Mom, you're great.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Your father said yes, too.
Robert (Son): Oh, yeah. Thanks, Dad.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Robert, you'd better go. You'll be late for your bus.
Robert (Son): Okay, I'm going. Thanks for breakfast.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Hurry up!
Robert (Son): Bye!
Robert's Mom (Mother): Bye! See you tonight.
Situation 4 Mom and Dad Have a Talk
Robert's Mom (Mother): He sure is going up fast.
Robert's Dad (Father): Tell me about it. He seems to change every month.
Robert's Mom (Mother): What do you think about him playing team basketball? I'm worry that he'll neglect school and get too involved in athletics and all the other distraction for the come with playing sports.
Robert's Dad (Father): Oh, I don't know. I know I sounded negative about it just now with Robert. But actually, I am happy he's playing. I played sports from middle school and it didn't hurt my grades.
Robert's Mom (Mother): Are you serious? You were lucky to graduate from high school.
Robert's Dad (Father): I got good grades at university. Besides, kids should get more out of middle and high school than books and tests.
Robert's Mom (Mother): But this is the age where he will develop most of his habits, both good and bad. What if he ends up liking sports more than school?
Robert's Dad (Father): So what? You say that as if it is the end of the world. When I was his age all I cared about was sports and girls. And look at me, I turned out just fine.
Robert's Mom (Mother): That is because you didn't have any luck at either sports or girls, and realized you had better study when your went to college.
Robert's Dad (Father): Careful! When you say I didn't have any luck with women that could mean I was unlucky to have married you?
Robert's Mom (Mother): All right. I'll admit that after you entered university, you got your act together. But, what are we going to do about Robert?
Robert's Dad (Father): Nothing! As it is, he is doing fine in school and so we will give him a chance and see if he can handle both basketball and studies. Who knows? We may have a future NBA star for a son.
Situation 5 On the School Bus
(Robert goes outside and catches his bus. His friend Billy is already on the bus.)
Robert: Hey, Billy! What's up?
Billy: Hey, Bobby! How are you?
Robert: My name is 'Robert', not 'Bobby'.
Billy: And my name is 'William', but everybody calls me 'Billy'.
Robert: Well, that's you, not me. Please call me 'Robert' from now on.
Billy: Okay, Bob.
Robert: Very funny. I'm going to start call you 'William'.
Billy: No, I hate that name. I promise to call you 'Robert' if you promise not to call me 'William'.
Robert: I promise. You see how easy that was. Hey, are you going to the practice today?
Billy: Practice? What practice?
Robert: Basketball practice, of course.
Billy: I almost forgot. Yeah, I'm going. What about you? Did your Dad give you permission?
Robert: Yep, can you believe it? The old man is not so bad.
Billy: I think your Dad is really cool. He is very better than my Dad.
Robert: That was what you think, but it's not true. He only wants me to study, but my Mom help me, so now I can play sports too.
Billy: What about your grades?
Robert: I promise that I would get good grades.
Billy: What if you don't?
Robert: If I don't, then I have to quit the basketball team.
Billy: I know you'll be studying hard this year.
Robert: Yes, I will. I like basketball enough to make me want to study hard.
Billy: yeah, school is not so bad if you can both study and play.
Situation 6 Basketball
(David is sitting behind Robert and wants to talk about basketball.)
David: I heard your guys talking of basketball. Who do you think is the greatest player ever?
Robert: That's easy. It's Michael Jordan.
David: I don't think so. I think it's Shaquille O'Neal.
Robert: What? Shaq? Jordan is very better than Shaq!
David: No way! Jordan has more fancy moves, but Shaq is better.
Robert: Are you crazy? Shaq is just big and that is all. Jordan is the better shooter. He has better defense. He is more fun to watch. And he has won more championships. How do you say Shaq is better?
David: I don't know.
Robert: What your mean you don't know?
David: I mean I don't know much about basketball. I just heard my older brother saying Shaq was the best.
Robert: You don't know much about basketball and you are fighting with me. Are you on a basketball team?
David: No, I am in a chess club.
Robert: Chess club? Then you should talk about chess and not basketball.
David: Sorry. Hey, do you like chess?
Robert: I hate it. It is the most boring game on earth.
David: You shouldn't say that! It is really fun!
Robert: Okay, I'm sorry. I promise not to talk about chess if you promise not to talk about basketball.
David: Okay, I promise.
Situation 7 First Period
(Robert's first period of the day is English class. His teacher is Mr.Hubbard. )
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Good morning, class!
Students: Good morning, Mr. Hubbard.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Did all of you have a fun weekend? How abut you, Robert? How was your weekend?
Robert: It was pretty good.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Robert, this is an English language class. Please speak a little more. Tell us all about what you did on Saturday and Sunday.
Robert: Let's see. On Saturday, I went out to dinner.
(Robert stops and doesn't say anything more.)
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Will you tell the class and me where you went out to dinner and what you ate?
Robert: Yes. I went to T.G.I. Friday's with my parents and my friend Tommy. I had the steak with French fries and Tommy has spaghetti. After dinner, we both had a big ball of ice cream for dessert. And then we play video games and then...
(Mr. Hubbard thinks that Robert will never stop talking and so stop him.)
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Thank you, Robert. That is enough.
Robert: But I thought you want to hear everything. I have a lot more to tell you.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): No, that would be fine. Class, please open your books to page 56. Today, we are going to talk about...
(Robert interrupts Mr. Hubbard.)
Robert: But Mr. Hubbard, I still have a lot to say.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Good! Then you can tell me what you thought of story at page 56.
Robert: I didn't read it. I was busy.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Busy? Busy eating ice cream?
Robert: No, Busy practicing basketball. I am on the team.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): I don't care! All I care about is if you do your English homework or not! I think I'll have to call your parents.
Robert: No, please don't.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Why not?
Robert: I promise my parents that I would get good grades and if they let me play basketball.
Mr. Hubbard (teacher): Well, then you will have to study hard or I will call them next time.
Robert: Thank you so much. I will study hard. I promise.
Situation 8 Second Period
(Robert's second period of the day is computer class. His teacher is Mrs. Crass. )
Mrs. Crass: Class, please sit down.
Robert: Mrs. Crass, can I go to the bathroom?
Mrs. Crass: Of course not. You just had a five minutes break, why didn't you go then?
Robert: I was busy getting ready for this class.
Mrs. Crass: You should have been ready for this class last night. You will just have to wait!
Robert: Okay, but can I show you my homework first?
Mrs. Crass: Yes, of course you can.
(Robert takes a CD out of his backpack.)
Robert: I made a computer game called space killer.
Mrs. Crass: How do you play it?
Robert: You are flying in the spaceship and you have to fight against aliens.
Mrs. Crass: How do you win?
Robert: You can't ever kill all the aliens. But whoever gets the most points wins.
Mrs. Crass: And how do you score points?
Robert: You score points by killing aliens. You get one point per alien and ten points for destroying alien ship.
Mrs. Crass: That sounds very violent!
Robert: No, it's just fun. And most computer games now are much more violent than this one.
Mrs. Crass: Well then, let's see if it works.
(Robert takes his CD and puts it into a CD-ROM drive.)
Robert: Wow, that looks great. You did a good job! I'm giving you an A.
Mrs. Crass: Thanks, Mrs. Crass.
Situation 9 Recess 1
(After his computer class, Robert gets a fifteen minute break that is calls ‘recess'.)
Billy: Hey, Robert! How were your classes?
Robert: They were great! My English teacher, Mr. Hubbard, gave me a second chance to do my homework. And my computer teacher, Mrs. Crass, really liked the computer game I made.
(Billy looks a little sad.)
Billy: I wish I could say the same. My history teacher hates me. He says he is going to call my Dad, so I can't play basketball.
Robert: Who is your history teacher?
Billy: Mr. Cranston.
Robert: Oh, yeah! I had him last year. He was really mean.
Billy: Yes, he still is really mean. He knows how much I like sports and still he is going to call my Dad.
Robert: Maybe not.
Billy: What do you mean?
Robert: I mean last year I had the same problem.
Billy: What did you do?
Robert: I wrote a extra report and he agreed not to call my parents.
Billy: Do you think he'll do that for me?
Robert: I don't know, but you should try.
Billy: You are right. I will ask him. Hey, let's go talk to some girls.
Robert: Good idea!
Situation 10 Recess 2
(Robert and Billy find Michelle.)
Robert: Hey, there's Michelle. Why not to go talk to her?
Billy: I'm shy. You talk to her. I'll listen.
Robert: What? It was your idea to talk to girls.
Billy: I know, but now I'm scared.
Robert: You're chicken. Okay, I'll talk to her. Watch and learn!
(Robert begins talking to Michelle while Billy listens and laughs.)
Robert: Hey, Michelle, what's up?
Michelle: Nothing much. What's up with you?
Robert: Nothing. Oh, but I made the basketball team.
Michelle: Cool! What's position do you play?
Robert: I play forward. I could play guard but I'm tall so the coach wants me to play forward.
Michelle: I don't really know the difference between guard and forward. But it's great that you're on the team. I'm a cheerleader, you know.
Robert: No, I didn't know that. You're pretty enough to be a cheerleader though.
Michelle: Stop it! You lying.
Robert: Not really, you are very pretty.
Michelle: Really? Then why don't you ever talk to me?
Robert: I'm talking to you now.
Michelle: That's true. Do you have a girlfriend?
Robert: No. Do you have a boyfriend?
Robert: Would you come watch basketball practice today after school?
Michelle: Yes. I have a cheerleading practice then, too.
Robert: Great! I'll see you then.
Michelle: Okay, see you then.
Situation 11 Social Studies
(Robert's third period class is social studies in which students learn aboutdifferent countries and societies. His teacher's name is Mr. Bert.)
Robert: Mr. Bert. I'm sick. Can I go to the nurse's office?
Mr. Bert: No, not yet. Today we're going to talk about Japan and Korea. And I think you should stay here. After we talk, if you're still feeling sick, you may go to the nurse's office.
Robert: All right. When does the class start?
Mr. Bert: Right now. Class, today we're going to talk about Japan and Korea. These countries are very far away from America, but they are very important. When I was young, we didn't learn about Asia in school, and so we knew very little. These days, however, politics, economics and internet have made our relationship to Asia closer than ever. And the two countries, we have the closest relationship to are Japan and Korea.
Robert: Why do we have a closest relationship to Japan and Korea?
Mr. Bert: Well, Robert, we buy more than half our cars, computers and other electronics from those two countries. But more importantly, they have long and interesting histories and cultures. Let me start it with the history and culture of Korea.