Speaking in an awkward situation.
upper intermediate level
For students to be better able to speak using polite language in awkward social situations
For students to be able to pronounce polite phrases used in awkward social situations using the correct intonation.
Procedure (41-48 minutes)
Place cartoon image of awkward social situation on whiteboard and elicit from ss what is going on. Elicit how ss might feel in that situation - awkward. Depending on time, either GW or WC, ss discuss when they have felt awkward in similar situations and what they did and said.
Present text about Bella. T hand out text and asks ss to look at the 1st scenario - do it together as WC and elicit what Bella might say from what she is thinking in the thought bubble. Ask ss to work in PW to do the other 4 situations. WC feedback.
T say lets listen to what Bella actually said and play the first audio. Tell ss don't need to worry about taking notes. T hand out transcript. T elicits ss understanding of the form of Bella's response through CCQs - was it formal or informal ? Was it polite ? T Clarify meaning of words/phrases only if needed. T play recording of some of the phrases Bella uses - asks ss to pay attention to how she says them. T hands out copy of the phrases and models and drills the intonation using exaggeration and gestures to highlight.
T hand out Role play exercise and put ss in different pairs. PW to write or make notes of dialogue using some of the polite phrases - ss only need to do 1 or 2 if it takes a while or time is short. ss can also refer to larger transcript. In same PW ss to speak out their dialogue. T monitor listens for intonation and to make sure ss have plenty of speaking practice - if pairs are struggling to write dialogue T help a little to get them to speaking stage. Check room layout to ensure ss can practice freely - encourage ss to stand to speak.
Encourage some pairs that feel comfortable to speak their dialogue for the WC. If time maybe 3 or 4 pairs act out dialogue to WC. T to elicit/do error correction if necessary on pronunciation/intonation of polite phrases.