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Dedication

Dedication

This story is about Lucas. This week, Lucas's determination is tested when he is forced to choose between work and play.
The coach is talking to the footballers on the pitch when Lucas arrives. He is not in any hurry as he ambles on to the training pitch. “Why are you late? That’s 3 times this week!” – Lucas smiles, sorry coach, I’ve been having problems getting up in the morning. His teammates laugh. “More like problems going to bed at night, snorts a teammate”.  Well, make sure you’re here tomorrow because I have an important announcement!

 

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Page 2: Extra training or a night out with friends?
Friday night - Lucas and a few friends are sitting on a wall talking. It’s almost pitch black.   “What are you up to tomorrow?” asks Lucas’s friend.  “I’ve got a football match at 8am.”   “Bad luck. We’ll all be asleep when you have to get up”. The friends laugh.   Lucas arrives 5 minutes before kick-off (not yet in his kit).  “What are you doing Lucas?” screams coach.  “You missed your meeting with the scout.”  “Well she’ll watch me play and I’ll be the first name on the plane.” smiles Lucas.  “Well, I’m not sure about that. You’re on the bench.”  “A substitute. You’re joking!” cries Lucas.    Lucas puts his tracksuit on and sits on the bench. Filipe runs up to Lucas. “Late again Lucas” “Let’s see who’s on their way to Australia.” Filipe bounces away to start the match doing an impression of a kangaroo.  Image of Filipe scoring a goal and Lucas sitting quietly on the bench as he celebrates.

 

Page 4: Lucas regrets his mistake.

 

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Reorder the events from the story.

At practice later that day - Lucas is talking to Filipe. “You know I think, I’ve missed my chance.” “You’re the best player here Filipe but I was here for a double practice session this morning with coach.” “I saw coach getting the session ready.” says Lucas.  Lucas goes to speak to coach.  “Coach, I’m sorry about being late - I’ve been speaking to Filipe and I know that if I want to make the team I need to put the effort in.” “Could I come to the extra training sessions that you are doing in the mornings.”  Coach tells him to come along. “The scout wants to come back next week. She likes the look of Iwan and I said that someone was out injured but will be fit this Saturday.”  “Me coach?” “yes, you Lucas” “Thanks coach”

 

Lucas is at training morning and afternoon for the next few days.  Morning coach - good to see you’re on time Lucas!“ Let’s go” Image of Lucas practising free-kicks with coach in goal.  The next day - Lucas is chatting with a friend after school.     “That Chemistry class is so boring. I was almost falling asleep.” “I know what you mean. I actually fell asleep a couple of times so now I’m failing. I’ve got to do extra classes on Saturdays or I’ll fail”  “But don’t you play football on Saturdays?”  “Yeah. I’ll probably just skip the extra classes”. (thought bubble- I don’t want to fail school but I don’t want to miss football either. Especially this Saturday- the coach is coming!)

 

The night before the match, Lucas is sitting doing his homework and the phone rings. “Hey Lucas, you coming out - it’s Friday night” “No, I’ve got a big match tomorrow.”  Lucas arrives early at the sports pitches and is introduced to the scout by coach.  “This is Lucas, our star player.”  The match kicks off and the team play really well.

 

In the final minute Lucas dribbles past 4 players and has a chance to shoot but passes to Filipe for him to score the winning goal.  After the match, coach announces the team for the Australia trip.  “Filipe, you’re off to Australia……. and Lucas you are going too!”  Filipe and Lucas walk off the pitch, Filipe says “You looking forward to Australia” Lucas responds “Once I’ve finished my catch-up classes I will be - I’m sure coach did me a favour swapping my Saturday classes for extra classes Monday to Friday!”

 

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What do you think?

Do you like staying up late with your friends?

How do you feel in the morning if you stay up?

At the end of the story, Lucas makes an effort and shows dedication.

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Comments

KareemZain
02/08/2023
EG
383
points

1. No, I don't.
2. I feel so lazy and groggy.
3. Yes, I used to have dedication for my study and now I am going to have dedication for my work.


KareemZain
02/08/2023 20:22
Egypt
Manchester City
383

1. No, I don't.
2. I feel so lazy and groggy.
3. Yes, I used to have dedication for my study and now I am going to have dedication for my work.

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hsn
17/06/2022
TR
5533
points

What do you think?
• Dedication is a main point in our life.We can't achieve anything without it. Dedication plus pain plus sweat that is magic formula of success.
Phrases
• My determination was tested when I had to work in the hard conditions of business life.
• Usually I've an early night in order to get up early for jogging.


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hsn
17/06/2022 17:20
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5533

What do you think?
• Dedication is a main point in our life.We can't achieve anything without it. Dedication plus pain plus sweat that is magic formula of success.
Phrases
• My determination was tested when I had to work in the hard conditions of business life.
• Usually I've an early night in order to get up early for jogging.

Michaelsun
25/03/2022
CN
738
points

I don’t like stay up late for many years.


Michaelsun
25/03/2022 08:52
China
Manchester United
738

I don’t like stay up late for many years.

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Gabriel Amaral
03/03/2021
BR
1512
points

I like to stay up with friends sometimes. Especially when we got a special ocasion, like birthdays or holidays. But as I'm nowadays working with football (fortunately!), I have to take care of my health and it's not possible to have that kind of pleasure every week. When I do stay up until late hours, my next day certainly will be difficult. My body feels heavier and my head hurts.
If I have dedication? I do! Certainly! I got to be dedicated if I want to achieve my goals as a coach and as a parent.


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Gabriel Amaral
03/03/2021 16:37
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I like to stay up with friends sometimes. Especially when we got a special ocasion, like birthdays or holidays. But as I'm nowadays working with football (fortunately!), I have to take care of my health and it's not possible to have that kind of pleasure every week. When I do stay up until late hours, my next day certainly will be difficult. My body feels heavier and my head hurts.
If I have dedication? I do! Certainly! I got to be dedicated if I want to achieve my goals as a coach and as a parent.

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mobeckham
05/07/2020
TR
6510
points

I like to stay up late with friends during holidays and at the weekends but not when I have work early in the next morning.
I feel so tired and dizzy when I stay up late and wake up early.


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mobeckham
05/07/2020 23:34
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I like to stay up late with friends during holidays and at the weekends but not when I have work early in the next morning.
I feel so tired and dizzy when I stay up late and wake up early.

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

No i'don't like staying up late with my friends
if i stay up in the morning i feel so angry
yes i have dedication. i want to Succeed in my study.


joto
15/06/2016 08:42
Austria
Stoke City
271

No i'don't like staying up late with my friends
if i stay up in the morning i feel so angry
yes i have dedication. i want to Succeed in my study.

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kwesimanifest
06/06/2016
GH
4768
points

I dedicate much time to my studies and performance of assignments


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kwesimanifest
06/06/2016 23:55
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I dedicate much time to my studies and performance of assignments

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016
GH
4768
points

Tired and sleepy


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016 23:34
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Tired and sleepy

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016
GH
4768
points

No I don't like staying up late with my friends


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016 23:30
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

No I don't like staying up late with my friends

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016
TR
1761
points

No,I don't like but I do.
Yes,three years ago,I had dedication for university exam.


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HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016 23:33
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,I don't like but I do.
Yes,three years ago,I had dedication for university exam.

tonucatien
09/01/2016
VN
271
points

Yes, I do. If it's Friday or Saturday or holiday. Because I don't need to get up early for work on the day after.
That will be no problem if I stay up not too late (about 12pm).
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In matching activity, how can I check my answers?
I can't launch the second activity (reorder...).
And in the third question in the quiz, there's a spelling error (scout -> socut).


tonucatien
09/01/2016 02:55
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

Yes, I do. If it's Friday or Saturday or holiday. Because I don't need to get up early for work on the day after.
That will be no problem if I stay up not too late (about 12pm).
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In matching activity, how can I check my answers?
I can't launch the second activity (reorder...).
And in the third question in the quiz, there's a spelling error (scout -> socut).

Rich's picture
Rich
12/01/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Tonucatien, Are you using the Firefox browser? I've noticed that at the moment it's not possible to check your answers in Firefox but there are no problems in Google Chrome. We will get it fixed soon but if you want to check your answers it would be a good idea to use Chrome for a while. Thanks again for letting us know about this problem smiley

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
12/01/2016 09:35
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Tonucatien, Are you using the Firefox browser? I've noticed that at the moment it's not possible to check your answers in Firefox but there are no problems in Google Chrome. We will get it fixed soon but if you want to check your answers it would be a good idea to use Chrome for a while. Thanks again for letting us know about this problem smiley

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Rich's picture
Rich
10/01/2016
ES
594
points

Thanks for your comment tonucatien. You should be able to launch the second activity now and I've changed the mistake in the quiz. I'll find out why you can't check your answers in the first activity. Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
10/01/2016 11:57
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks for your comment tonucatien. You should be able to launch the second activity now and I've changed the mistake in the quiz. I'll find out why you can't check your answers in the first activity. Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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aragorn1986
27/12/2015
ME
3557
points

I have a dedication. I am dedicated to help all good people, to my friends and family and even more..


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aragorn1986
27/12/2015 15:14
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I have a dedication. I am dedicated to help all good people, to my friends and family and even more..

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
27/12/2015
ME
3557
points

If I stay up I feel bad, sincerely. I'm not ready to give 100% at work. So I avoid staying up late unless it is weekend.


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aragorn1986
27/12/2015 15:08
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

If I stay up I feel bad, sincerely. I'm not ready to give 100% at work. So I avoid staying up late unless it is weekend.

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aragorn1986
27/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Not really. But sometimes I stay up late, yes.


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aragorn1986
27/12/2015 15:04
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Not really. But sometimes I stay up late, yes.

AleksandarR
03/12/2015
ME
518
points

Great story.


AleksandarR
03/12/2015 08:22
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

Great story.

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MUGEMANYI
14/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Absolutely, I have dedication


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MUGEMANYI
14/11/2015 14:41
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Absolutely, I have dedication

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MasterSilver500
12/08/2015
VN
437
points

great


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MasterSilver500
12/08/2015 09:50
Vietnam
Manchester United
437

great

ahmed4archi
09/08/2015
DZ
0
points

No i'don't like staying up late with my friends
if i stay up in the morning i feel so angry
yes i have dedication. i want to Succeed in my study.


ahmed4archi
09/08/2015 18:40
Algeria
Chelsea
0

No i'don't like staying up late with my friends
if i stay up in the morning i feel so angry
yes i have dedication. i want to Succeed in my study.

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MUGEMANYI
25/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Nice dedication!


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MUGEMANYI
25/11/2015 10:46
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Nice dedication!

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