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ESL MODULE 1 : LEARN ENGLISH BY LISTENING AND READING

UNIT 4 : MOVIE TRAILERS & VIDEO CLIPS

TITLE C : NATIONAL PRAYER

PRE-VIEWING EXERCISE:

Can you remember praying for your country?  When was the last time you prayed for your country and why?

 

Play the video trailer and listen carefully to the conversation.   Be ready to answer the exercises below. 

 

National Prayer:

Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing

This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous-
"Going Broke!"  "Going Down!"  "Going Under!"    "What Next?"

What is next?

We`re listening. And we're admitting: You were right.

You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, you warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don't put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.

You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.

We were wrong to spend what we didn't have,
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor,
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn't. You gave it. And now, tell us Father, are you taking it?

We're listening. And we're praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?

Of course you can. You always have.
You led slaves out of slavery,
Built temples out of ruins,
Turned stormy waves into a glassy pond and water into sweet wine.

This disorder awaits your order.  So do we.

Through Christ,
Amen

 

 

LISTENING EXERCISE:

1)  In the prayer,  what were the 3 signs for the people to have lost its footing?

2)  What were the expressions heard as signs of  rumblings of depression?

3)  What were the warning signs before the depression started?

 

 

PHRASE  VOCABULARY:

Please write your own original sentence using the new words below.

 

lose their footing (adjective): lose their stronghold, foundation and stability

"I believe people will never lose their footing if they put their trust in the Lord at all times."

 

ominous (adjective): menacing; threatening;

The people panicked when they saw the ominous black clouds covering the sky.

 

go broke (idiom):  having no or little money

I went broke after I bought a brand new car for personal use.

 

rumblings (noun):   general but unofficial talk or opinion often of dissatisfaction

"Their long rumblings of discontent has reached  heaven and made God very angry.

 

bailout (noun/verb): a rescue from financial distress

"The US government had to grant bailouts for all the people who lost their jobs recently."

 

dump (verb) : to get rid of unceremoniously or irresponsibly

"The boy got dumped by his girlfriend after ignoring her a few times."

 

greed(y) (noun/adjective): excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed;

showing a selfish desire for wealth and possessions; also food. 

 

"The greed of a person makes him want to buy more stuff than what he really needs."

"Don't be greedy,  you need to share your food."

 

worship (verb):  give utmost importance and respect as god.

"Worshipping money instead of God shall cause us to be losers in the end."

 

 

MATCHING  EXERCISE:

Match the items on A with the items on B.  Select the best answer to complete the missing words in the sentence.

 

A                                          B

 

 footing                              1.)     Who doesn't need a ________ nowadays?              

worship                             2.)     The lovers of money find it hard to ________  God.

bailout                               3.)     The loud _________ of no food were deafening to the ears.

rumblings                         4.)      I am  _____  now because I lost my job 3 months ago

broke                                5.)      The ________ times happens when we can't trust God to help us in times of need.

ominous                            6.)      Being ________ by someone you love can hurt deeply.

dumped                             7.)     A _________ person can be so insensitive to the needs of others.

greedy                               8.)    A couple will lose their ______ in marriage once they begin to show distrust.

 

POST VIEWING  EXERCISE:

1)  Why do you think Max Lucado shared his prayer to the public?

2)  Would you agree  on his prayer or not?  Why?

3)  Which part of the prayer struck you most?

4)  What is the most important thing in your life? Please rank  family, job, friends,  God,  & yourself according to how you order your life now.  Given the chance to change it,  how would you like to order it?