Good Times 2

Introduction 

Good Times is an English conversation series based on English grammar introduced in Jr. High in the Japanese public eduction system. Material introduced in Good Times Book Two runs parallel to English grammar students will encounter in their second year of Jr. High. The ‘grammar-focused’ lessons at school have been transformed to a ‘conversation-focused’ communicative approach to language learning.

We developed this textbook so that Japanese Jr. High students will be able to move beyond ‘jyuken’ English and be able to develop true communication skills.

Each unit begins with a conversation. The conversation introduces, and provides context for, all the language functions. After mastering the opening conversation, students then work on the specific language functions.

Good Times Two assumes that students already have had some experience with English.

Enjoy yourself, have fun, and let the ‘good times’ begin!

The Good Times series is available as interactive textbooks for iPads and Macs. Good Times 2 coming soon to the iTunes Store.

 

Text

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Version 1.0. Published October 2014.

(In order to deliver a quality resolution for printing, we needed to divide the text in half. Please download both files. Each file is about 25MB. When printing, we recommend printing A4 borderless.)
Good Times Book Two: Part 1
Good Times Book Two: Part 2

 

Audio Files

Chose either .m4a format (iTunes, includes graphics) or .mp3 format.

.m4a Files
Unit One
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Two
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Three
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Four
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Five
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Six
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Seven
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Eight
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Nine
Conversation (.m4a)
(There is no Listening Practice for Unit Nine)

Unit Ten
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Eleven
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Twelve
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

Unit Thirteen
Conversation (.m4a)
Listening Practice (.m4a)

 .mp3 Files
Unit One
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Two
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Three
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Four
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Five
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Six
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Seven
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Eight
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Nine
Conversation (.mp3)
(There is no Listening Practice for Unit Nine)

Unit Ten
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Eleven
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Twelve
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

Unit Thirteen
Conversation (.mp3)
Listening Practice (.mp3)

 

Content (Language Functions)

Unit One: It’s nice to meet you, too!

  • Introduce yourself!
  • Ask someone if they like doing something.
  • Ask if something belongs to someone.
  • Listen to people introduce themselves.

Unit Two: What were you doing?

  • Interview a friend and find out their favorite book, sport and food.
  • Ask someone where they were.
  • Ask someone what they were doing.

Unit Three: What should we get him for his birthday?

  • Make plans together with a friend.
  • Use the phrase ‘maybe’ to make a suggestion.
  • Ask a friend for their opinion about present ideas.

Unit Four: Are you ready to order?

  • Ask a friend how long they have been doing something.
  • Practice ordering at a restaurant.
  • Listen to people order at a restaurant.

Unit Five: Could you do me a favor?

  • Describe what someone looks like.
  • Write a brief description of people. 
  • Ask someone to do you a favor.
  • Listen to a person describe someone.

Unit Six: I want to travel.

  • Tell a friend what you want to do.
  • Make a list of things you want to do.
  • Use the form “to + verb”.

Unit Seven: I was going to go shopping, but…

  • Ask a friend about their weekend.
  • Continue the conversation. Ask your friend what they did over the weekend.
  • Ask someone to ‘guess’ what you did.

Unit Eight: Argh! I’m going crazy!

  • Tell someone about something bad that happened.
  • Use the phrase “must” to talk about things you have to do everyday.
  • Share with your classmate what someone said you must do.
  • Encourage someone who had a bad day.

Unit Nine: What’s up?

  • Call and ask to talk to a friend.
  • Ask how long something will take.
  • Practice using the words ‘if’ and ‘then’. 

Unit Ten: Do we have enough money?

  • Ask when a friend’s birthday is.
  • Ask a friend how many or much of something they have or want.
  • Ask how much something costs.

Unit Eleven: Can I open it?

  • Give a present to a friend.
  • Tell why something is beneficial.
  • Ask someone if they want to do something with you.
  • Make plans with friends.

Unit Twelve: I’m looking for the library.

  • Pretend to meet someone on the street. Ask why they are there.
  • Ask for directions. Give directions.
  • Share who you are meeting with.
  • Listen to people give directions.

Unit Thirteen: Pizza is the most delicious food in the world!

  • Share your opinion with someone using “the most _____”.
  • Compare two items using “more _____ than”.
  • Compare two items using “as _____ as”.
  • Talk with a friend about the kind of food they like.

Appendix

  • Tips for educators
  • Answers to listening questions.
  • Listening practice scripts.


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