to provide clarification, review and practice of language used for talking about people indirectly in the context of Critisizing a friend`s new boyfriend
to listen to a conversation to guess the meaning of the phrases from conceptual clues.
Procedure (32-47 minutes)
T elicits the students and leads to the functional language usage topic of the day What is the hardest times of a relationship? Why is it hard?
T focuses students` attention on the picture and asks them to describe the situation. Two friends are chatting in a bar. T tells them that they are going to listen to a dialogue between 2 women in a bar. T have the students read the 3 statements in the exercice 1
T warns the Ss that there will be only 1 time listening T plays the listening recording only once
T asks the 2 Ss to play parts of Miley and Rita and read the conversation to the class, warning them to ignore the numbers. ** Handout2.2 T then points out the phrases underneath the conversation and and explains that these are more direct ways of saying the phrases that are numbered in the conversation.
1- T asks the students why someone would use the indirect language to express herself. 2- T asks the students why someone might want to say it was n t particularly interesting rather then it was boring T gathers feedback from Ss (the less direct expressions soften critism or personal comments and make them more friendly)
T asks the students to match the phrases with the numbered ones in the conversation. T reads the conversation that way to let them hear how harsh it sounds in the more direct version.
T has Ss Ss repeat after T the statements in the ex 3 He wasn`t very talkative He`s a bit shy Liz tends to dominate the conversation It wasn`t particularly inrteresting You can be so mean He`s not that bad looking Liz isn!t exactly old She can be rather difficult
T introduces the idea of the parents day: Do you have kids? Tell us about Parent`s Day at school? T splits Ss to groups T sticks on the WB subject names at school T asks the Ss to describe the kids on the pictures using the subject names with the language of their choice T gathers ideas T introduces the idea of Tactful teacher and tactless teacher T chooses teachers and have the rest of the class divided to 2 groups and let them visit the teachers T asks after the exrcice w teacher was tactful and which was not