Robert McAskill Robert McAskill

Different ways of saying "no" lesson
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students will look at different ways of saying "no." The students will probably have heard of several, but they may not be aware of how to use them, how to fit them into a sentence, etc


Abc Functional Language: Saying no Handout

Main Aims

  • To introduce students to the functional language of saying no

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking for fluency


Stage 1 (Lead In) (3-5 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic of the lesson

- Project a picture of paintballing and ask SS if it sounds like fun - Put students in pairs and ask them to practice inviting each other to play paintball and saying no politely - The pairs then write down there ideas for ways to say no politely - Elicit these ideas from the students and write them on the board

Stage 2 (Building Context) (8-10 minutes) • To narrow the context to polite ways to say no

- Explain that students will learn polite ways of saying no - Give SS an example of a polite and impolite way of saying no on the WB - Pass out 'Functional Language: Saying no' HO's to SS - After the SS have completed the task have them swap papers with the person next to them and direct them to the back of the HO for the answer key to check

Stage 3 (Presentation) (10-15 minutes) • To clarify which situation to use different ways of saying no so students understand it and to clarify pronunciation so learners know how to say it

- Give SS HO with ways of saying no and table to complete individually - As SS are completing the task move around to check understanding - Have SS share and check answers with a partner - Put PPT on OHP with an example of the table and provide answers - Show more ways of saying no and have SS put them in their table with partners - Demo pronunciation of some of these ways of saying no - Drill ways of saying no by choosing different SS or groups of SS

Stage 4 (Practice) (8-10 minutes) • To provide controlled written and oral practice on ways to say no

- PW SS prepare 8 yes/no questions asking for personal information - Demo an example e.g. do you live here? and check SS know to always answer in the negative even if it is not true - SS move around the class asking questions to different class members

Stage 5 (Production) (8-10 minutes) • To provide freer oral and written practice focused on using ways of saying no

- Put students in A and B pairs and instruct them they will be given roles - Give students 4 different roles one at a time by showing pictures and have them start a conversation with their partner with person B always answering in the negative - If time allows SS will choose one of the role plays and write the dialogue

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