To provide clarification and practice of polite requests
Perhaps the most important element of any plan is the part where we say what our aims are.Jeremy Harmer in The Practice of English Language Teaching
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
T asks a student to do something ( in a polite way) and repeat the question to another student in a way that does'nt sound polite, asks students what's the difference? what do they prefer? have you ever been in a situation where someone was not polite when asking you a request?
T shows ss 2 pictures of people having a night out and asks what are they doing? can you see people that might be making requests ? ( in pairs) can you guess what might these requests be? Then ss listen to a recording of the actual requests , T asks students to find out the person( from the pictures) who's making the request each time ( pause after each request), T asks students to check their answers
T gives the ss the audioscript and ask them to underline the words and categorise the words used to : A) ask if you can do something B) ask another person to do something , then show answers on board
T asks students is this the way people make requests? yes, is it polite? yes ss listen to recording 2 , model and drill highlighting weak forms and intonation T writes Form on board ( look LA sheet) and ask students to copy in notebook
T gives ss a worksheet of some requests and ask them( in pairs) to rewrite them to make them sound polite, answers on board
T gives students cards with places written on them and in pairs they have to come up with 4 requests that are usually made in these places ex: Hotel ... could i have the bill please? would you mind sending room service, please? can you tell me where i can find the spa, please? , each pair will have a card and when finished take another card.