Sunita     Arjun! It’s three o’clock!

Arjun       Yeah… So?

Sunita     So, we need to pick up Deepak from school.

Arjun       Oh. Could you go and get him? I’m busy!

Sunita     What do you mean, you’re busy?

Arjun       Just doing some work.

Sunita     I think it might be better if you switch it on first!  So you’re busy, you can’t go and pick up Deepak from school, and you’re working? Wow!

Arjun       Actually, I’ve just finished. Oh look... it’s three o’clock, time to go and get Deepak from school. I’ll go and get him.

Sunita     Oh, that’s so kind of you, thank you! Oh... we don’t have any coffee. Maybe you can pick some up, when you’re in town?

Arjun       Yeah, OK. I’ll take Deepak into town with me. We need to get a few things too.

(The phone rings)

Sunita     Hello?

Teacher  Hello, Mrs Chowdry?

Sunita     Speaking.

Teacher  Oh, hello Mrs Chowdry.  It’s Mrs Palmer here. Deepak’s school teacher.

Sunita     Oh yes, hello. Is everything OK? My husband has gone to collect Deepak from school. He’s not late is he?

Teacher  No, no, everything’s fine. And his reading’s getting much better now. But I didn’t have time to speak with your husband today.

Sunita     Oh, what about?

Teacher  Well, it’s just that today, in class, Deepak said he couldn’t see the whiteboard very well.

Sunita     Oh…

Teacher  At home, does he have problems seeing things? Like the TV or anything?

Sunita     Oh I don’t know.

Teacher  Or….

Sunita     I’ve never noticed.

Teacher  Well, I was thinking. Perhaps he needs glasses.

Sunita     Glasses?

Teacher  Yeah. But, the thing is, sometimes it’s difficult to talk about this with children. Some children, you know, they just don’t want to wear glasses, they’re worried that they’ll look silly, or that the other children will laugh.

Sunita     I see.

Teacher  So, perhaps if you found a good time to sit down with Deepak and talk about it with him. You could explain it, you know, tell him that there’s nothing wrong with wearing glasses.

Sunita     Right.

Teacher  And then maybe go and see an optician, get an eye test for him.

Sunita     I see.

Teacher  It’s important for him to understand why glasses can be good for him. He needs to feel positive about it, you know, feel good about the glasses.

Sunita     Oh. OK, well, I’ll talk with my husband about it this evening.

Teacher  Ok, well, I hope that’s helpful. I just wanted to tell you.

Sunita     Yes, well, thank you very much.

Teacher  OK, Mrs Chowdry. Bye.

Sunita     Bye. So Deepak needs glasses!

Arjun       OK Deepak, can you go to the toilet now please? And remember to wash your hands.

Sunita     Hi.

Arjun       Hi there.

Sunita     Deepak’s teacher phoned.

Arjun       Oh?

Sunita     But we’ll talk about it later. When Deepak’s gone to sleep.

Arjun       OK. Expensive day today! I hope you won’t be angry with me!

Sunita     Why?

Arjun       Well, I noticed that Deepak sometimes doesn’t see very well. Like, he often sits very close to the TV.

Sunita     You noticed?! Arjun!

Arjun       Yes, so I took him to the optician’s last week. And he had an eye test.

Sunita     You did?

Arjun       Yes. Didn’t I tell you that?

Sunita     No! I’m just, surprised, that’s all!

Arjun       Anyway, so…. I got him some glasses. And we picked them up today.

Sunita     Oh!

Arjun       But you know, it’s important for him to feel good about his glasses, about wearing them.

Sunita     Arjun, did you talk to Deepak’s teacher?

Arjun       What? No? Why?

Sunita     No, I’m just wondering. Yes, I mean I know that’s true. But how are you going to get him to feel good about wearing glasses? That’s very difficult….

Arjun       What?! No, it’s easy. I’m showing him that glasses can be fun. Look…

Sunita     Sometimes, I think you are the 6-year-old!

Arjun       Well, why not? When I wear these glasses, Deepak wants to wear his glasses too!

Sunita     You know what, sometimes, you can be a really really good dad!

Arjun       ‘Sometimes’? What do you mean ‘sometimes’? Deepak! Come and show mummy your glasses. I’m wearing mine!

Teachers often need to talk to the parents of children who are in their class about how the child is getting on. This video will help you learn new words, give you listening practice and help you understand and make polite suggestions.


Task 1 - understanding the film

Task 2 - learn words from the film

Task 3 - make sentences

Task 4 - making requests and suggestions

If you want to ask someone to do something, you can either make a request or a suggestion:

For example:

A request:

'Can you talk to the teacher, please?'

Listen to the audio: 

A suggestion:

 'You could talk to the teacher.'

Listen to the audio:

Practise saying the sentences aloud.

Suggestions are usually more polite than requests because you suggest, rather than tell someone what to do. 

Task 5 - grouping

Task 6 - your turn

Practise saying the sentences.


Could you make me a cup of tea, please?

Please could you help me with my homework?


Maybe you could make me a cup of tea.

Perhaps you could help me with my homework.

  • You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. If you think you could improve, you can record yourself again.