TP8 Useful Phrases
To provide clarification and practice of language used for making excuses in the context of talent people.
To provide product writing practice of a making excuses in the context of talent people.
To provide fluency speaking practice in a making excuses in the context of talent people.
To provide specific information listening practice using a text about making excuses in the context of talent people.
Procedure (18-30 minutes)
Give the students some papers written with a conversation between two friends A and B. One of them asks about doing anything interesting, but the other makes an excuse for not doing this exercise with him. Let them make this conversation together, then, ask them what they notice. They will notice that this conversation about suggestions and making excuses.
Ask the students to focus on the pictures in EX.1 and explain that these pics show the top six excuses that people give for not doing any exercises. Ask the students to match this list of excuses to the pictures. Let then work in pairs, then play the record to check their answers.
Now, ask the students to focus on EX.2. Let them read the conversation between Dan and Lisa carefully, then ask them to underline the excuses that Lisa uses, suggestions and advice. Let them work in pairs and give them feedback.
Elicit from the students sentences of suggestions, advice and excuses. Point out that ''what about ...?'' is used for suggestion, ''you should ...... '' is used for advice as Dan used in the conversation. Write two sentence on the board: '' I can't swim." '' I can't go swimming, I have a cold'', then, ask them what the difference between them. Use the CCQs which are mentioned in the language analysis.
Ask the students to listen and repeat the useful phrases in EX.3. According to EX.2, ask the students to practice the conversation in pairs. Monitor them to look for mistakes.
Finally, ask them to write a conversation, in pairs, like EX.2, but ask them to use their favorite excuses for not doing exercises. Let them practice the conversation together.