1. Pre-Listening Exercise
If you had a garden which flowers
would you grow? Try to say the name
of the flower, the colour and the
season in which it blooms. Think of
plants which are beautiful in the
Joshua: I'm sorry about your Grandpa.
Alice: It's okay. We knew he was
Joshua: But he's not in the hospital.
Alice: That's because they can't
help him. It's nicer for him to be
Joshua: I'm sorry. I didn't know
what to bring.
Alice: You didn't need to bring anything.
Joshua: I thought he wouldn't want
things to eat.
Alice: No, he can't eat much now.
He has to try to drink a lot.
Joshua: I feel awful. I don't know
what to say or do. It's such a lovely
day, I guess we should try and be
Alice: Grandpa isn't sad. He loves
the sunshine. In fact, he's in the
Joshua: He loves his garden so much,
Alice: Yes, he does. And there are
so many flowers in bloom now, and
the trees are beginning to blossom
Joshua: I know what we could do.
Joshua: Does he like flowers in his
Alice: Yes, he does.
Joshua: Well, we could pick some
of the nicest and put them in a vase
Alice: Yes, we could. He likes
to see them grow in the garden, but
these days he can't stay outside for
long. It would be nice for him to
have flowers by his bed.
Joshua: Let's ask him which ones
he would like.
Alice: He'll want roses when
they flower. But there are lots of
daffodils and tulips. The tulips don't
last very long but the daffodils will
tell him it's spring.
Joshua: Perhaps this is the best
time of year.
Alice: Perhaps it is. Snowdrops,
violets, bluebells, crocuses, they
all speak new life. Let's get the
flowers and go and see him.
Joshua: Shall I find a vase?
Alice: Yes, and we can cut them in
Joshua: Come on then. The sun will
be going down soon.
Alice: Then now is the best time
of day. Let's go see your Grandpa.