To clarify and provide practice of making polite requests and asking for permission in the context of dinner invitiation
To give students speaking practice in making requests and asking for permission in a social context.
Procedure (34-45 minutes)
Show SS a short video about good table manners. Ask them to write down their answers and check if they are correct or not. Ask SS how many of the answers they got right and whether it's important to have good table manners. Elicit the word "polite", ask some CCQs.
- Ask SS about the dialogue they have listened in the previous lesson, were people polite to each other? How did you understand they were polite? Elicit request and permission. - Pass HO with dialogue transcript and tell SS to underline the examples of making requests or asking for permission, model one request and one permission for SS yourself. Check WC projecting the AK on the WB. - Group SS in pairs/groups. Pass cut out sentences with making requests and asking for permission and tell SS to put them under correct headline: Asking someone to do something or Asking permission to do something. Put two headlines on the WB and ask SS to stick their answers to the right headline. Tell SS to peer check other group and ask if they agree.
- Project table with requests and permissions on WB. Ask SS which phrases are the most polite (the longest phrases are the most polite, + intonation + magic words PLEASE, THANK YOU). - Model pronunciation of requests (it is better to divide phrases in 2 parts). Ask SS to notify the stress and pronunciation. Explain, that in polite requests, speaker's tone often rises toward the first stress, then fall towards the last stress with a little rise at the end. The small final rise is sometimes hard to notice. Drill the pronunciation of polite requests WC and in groups. - To highlight the form, SS will do a multiple choice activity in pairs. AK will be projected on WB and discussed WC.
- SS will do an exercise completing the sentences with the correct form of a request. Answers will be discussed WC.
- SS are divided in pairs and given two sets of cards. One S picks a request/permission card and he needs to make requests/ask for permission with the words on the cards (pass salt and pepper, you). The other S picks the answer card and needs to agree/refuse the request in a polite way. - SS are given situational cards and they need to create their own dialogue with making requests/asking permission in the context of dinner intiviation