Week 4: Problem Solving and 1st Assessment


In our Wednesday lesson, you will be work in your 1st assessment groups just so you can be comfortable with each other on Friday.

I will give each group a challenge and you will be asked to report your findings to the class.

Ultimately, you will be asked to try to use comparisons and specifics in past modals.

For example, should the man have gone to the meeting.

“Some of us think that he shouldn’t have done that but others agree it was the right thing to do. We said if he hadn’t have done that, he could have been more successful and the result would have been better. And it would probably have been more productive to have done something else. But Julia thinks he definitely should have gone to the meeting.”

This will be our last lesson on past modals this semester – I just want to make you try to get them to a more advanced stage like in the example above.


For your first assessment, the main material will be this short video of Karl Pilkington in China

The four main topics are (1) communication, (2) safety/self defense, (3) massage and relaxation and (4) different culture

  • You don’t have to talk about every topic – you can talk about 1,2,3, or all 4. It’s your choice.
  • You don’t just have to talk  only about this video – instead use it as a starting point for your own conversation
  • Your group should think how you can use this material to develop your own interesting conversation. Don’t feel too limited.
  • Try to find time to demonstrate your use of the real conditional and past modals in your discussion
  • I will be listening to your overall ability to communicate with your partners in a group. That means speaking, listening, and asking questions. 

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask me or your group members.






  1. Hello David!
    I just wanted to ask which one is grammatically correct.
    ‘Is it necessary to respect all different cultures?’
    ‘Is it necessary to respect all different culture?’
    Which sentence is the correct one?


    1. Culture is both countable and uncountable depending on the context. In this context, it’s countable:

      Is it necessary to respect all different cultures?
      Is it necessary to respect cultures regardless of their practices or beliefs?
      Is it acceptable to criticize other cultures?

      Things like that – hope it helps.


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