Good Times is an English conversation text based on English grammar introduced in the first year of Jr. High in the Japanese public eduction system. Material introduced in Good Times runs parallel to English grammar that students will encounter in Jr. High. The ‘grammar-focused’ lessons at school have been transformed to ‘conversation-focused’.
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 (ten total) begins with a conversation. The conversation introduces, and provides context for, all the language functions. After mastering the opening conversation, students then work on various language functions.
Good Times is a ‘false beginner’ text book, and assumes that students already have had some experience with English.
Good Times is available as a printable pdf (below) or as an interactive book for iPads and Macs. Get the multimedia version for free here. Multimedia format link.
Version 3. Updated April 2022. Includes updated explanation of adjectives in the comparative and superlative forms.
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Unit Four Conversation
Unit Five Conversation
Unit Seven Conversation
Unit Nine Conversation
Unit Ten Conversation
Unit One: What’s your number?
• Greet someone.
• Introduce yourself.
• Ask if something belongs to someone. • Share your phone number with a friend.
Unit Two: Where do you live?
• Ask someone about their day.
• Ask someone where they live.
• Ask someone what they like.
• Ask someone if they like something.
Unit Three: What did you do yesterday?
• Ask a friend about their day.
• Ask someone what they did yesterday.
• Ask someone what kind of music they like.
Unit Four: What’s your day like?
• Write down the details of your day.
• Talk with a friend and find out their schedule.
• Ask a friend about another friend’s schedule.
• Ask what a friend is doing.
• Ask about when two friends do things. Use the words ‘earlier’ and ‘later’.
• Adjectives in the comparative and superlative forms.
Unit Five: What do you usually have for breakfast?
• Talk about what you are doing.
• Talk about what you eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
• Tell someone how often you eat a certain food.
• Ask and talk about the weather.
Unit Six: My sister lives in Seattle.
• Tell a friend some good news.
• Ask about occupations.
• Ask about a friend’s family.
Unit Seven: Do you want to come?
• Ask someone about their plans.
• Ask someone about what they like.
• Ask someone to join you.
Unit Eight: What do you want to be?
• Ask someone about today’s news.
• Ask someone about what they want to be.
Unit Nine: What was the matter?
• Ask someone where they were.
• Ask someone what was the matter.
• Compare two school subjects.
• Explain why a class is hard.
Unit Ten: What’s your brother like?
• Ask about family members.
• Describe a person.
• Ask about a person’s hobbies and likes.
• Answers to listening questions.
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