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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.

Lesson Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2



Listening & Speaking, Gap Fill, Vocabulary and Expressions:

"At the Library"


Guidelines: Listen to the conversation and fill in the blanks:

Librarian: Can I help you?

Natalie: Yes. I am a bit __________. My sociology class is supposed to read a __________ in a book called Sociology and the Modern Age. According to the __________, the book is in the library, but I haven't been able to find it.

Librarian: Do you have your syllabus with you? May I see it?

Natalie: Yes, uh....I put it in the front of my sociology __________. Oh, here it is.

Librarian: Let me see. Oh yes. Your professor has placed this book on __________. That means you cannot find it on the shelves in its usual place. You need to go to a special room called the reserve room. It's down the __________ and to the __________.

Natalie: I'm sorry - I still don't understand what you mean by on reserve.

Librarian: You see, your professor wants every one in the __________ to read the chapter. If one student removes the book from the __________, it is likely that none of the other students will have the opportunity to read it. So, your professor has insured that all students have the __________ to read it by placing it on reserve.

Natalie: So, will I be able to find this book?

Librarian: Yes, when a book is on reserve, a student can go to the reserve room and ask the reserve __________ for the book. The student can have the book for a few hours, and he or she MUST read it in the library __________ that time. That way, the book stays in the library, and all students have a chance to read it.

Natalie: Okay. Thank you. I understand now.

Librarian: Will there be anything else?

Natalie: No! I am on my way to the reserve room. __________ again!

Learn to use the words and expressions in a different context:


  • Usually, an instructor hands out the syllabus on the first day of class.

  • If you are not sure when an assignment is due, check the syllabus.

  • I need to buy all the books the instructor has listed on the syllabus.

  • According to the syllabus, we have a quiz next week.

on reserve

  • All the library's books by M. Douglas White are on reserve for students in Chemistry 341.

  • Prof: I'd like to place these books on reserve for my physics class.

  • Librarian: Certainly. Fill out this form, and I'll inform the librarian in the reserve room.

  • I need to spend a few hours in the library to read a textbook my instructor has placed on reserve.

  • I'm sorry. You are not allowed to take this book from the library. It is on reserve, so you must read it here.

to be) on one's way (to)

  • The incredible acting of Maya Thurston in her last three movies has caught the attention of movie lovers everywhere. Maya is on her way to becoming a star.

  • I saw Rita on her way to school. It was raining and she was carrying an umbrella.

  • Wife: Henry, if you don't leave now you'll be late for the train.

  • HUSBAND: Don't worry, hon. I'm on my way!

  • If you are on your way to the grocery store, could you stop at the pharmacy next door and buy some aspirin?






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