36: The Missing Directions

3: The Missing Directions

There were only a few days of the summer vacation left, and neither Jim nor his friends had been on holiday. He decided to call them and try to fix one up. Why don’t we go camping? He suggested. “My brother has two large tents, and I’m sure he’ll let us borrow them.” None of them had been camping before, but Jim was very persuasive and soon talked them round. “I’II hire a mini-van and pick you all up at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning at the town hall.” “Where are we going?” asked Pete, as they set off. “My brother’s given me directions to a superb campsite in the mountains,” replied Jim. “He goes there often.” After they had been driving for what seemed a long time, Jock called out from the back of the van, “It’s time we looked up your brother’s directions. I think we might be lost.” Jim opened his rucksack to search for them and, then, confessed, “I think I left them on the kitchen table.” “That’s all right,” said Jock hopefully. “I heard your brother telling you how to get there.” “He did,” said Jim, “but I didn’t take it in. I thought we’d have the written instructions.” By now it was getting very dark, and they weren’t very sure how to put up a tent, even if they had found a campsite. “We’ll just have to make do with sleeping in the van,” said Mark. “Not what I’d call the perfect holiday!”

 

Conversation questions

 

What skills are required to fix up meetings and events? Have you had to fix any up?

How can you talk people round to your way of thinking?

How often do you have a taxi pick you up?

How do people feel when they are setting off on a journey?

What do you think of people calling out to others shouting in the street?

What is the best way to look up information? How can we be more efficient?

What are women searching for in men? And vice versa!

How much information is an average student able to take in during a lesson?

Please, tell us how to put up a tent.

What kind of people can make do with their backpack on holiday?

 

 

 

 

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The Missing Directions

There were only a few days of the summer vacation left, and neither Jim nor his friends had been on holiday. He decided to call them and try to …    one ..   . Why don’t we go camping? He suggested. “My brother has two large tents, and I’m sure he’ll let us borrow them.” None of them had been camping before, but Jim was very persuasive and soon ……   them …..   . “I’II hire a mini-van and ….    you all ..    at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning at the town hall.” “Where are we going?” asked Pete, as they …    …  . “My brother’s given me directions to a superb campsite in the mountains,” replied Jim. “He goes there often.” After they had been driving for what seemed a long time, Jock ……    …    from the back of the van, “It’s time we ……    ..    your brother’s directions. I think we might be lost.” Jim opened his rucksack to ……..   …   them and, then, confessed, “I think I left them on the kitchen table.” “That’s all right,” said Jock hopefully. “I heard your brother telling you how to get there.” “He did,” said Jim, “but I didn’t ….    it   ..   . I thought we’d have the written instructions.” By now it was getting very dark, and they weren’t very sure how to …      ..   a tent, even if they had found a campsite. “We’ll just have to ….    ..    ….   sleeping in the van,” said Mark. “Not what I’d call the perfect holiday!”

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