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Polite Requests
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practice functional language in the context of polite requests.


Abc cards
Abc Handout
Abc pictures
Abc Projector
Abc white board
Abc A set table
Abc Music

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have practised functional language in the context of polite requests

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise controlled speaking


Lead-in/warmer (7-10 minutes) • Expose the ss to forms of polite requests

Show the students a picture of a family dinner. Elicit what they can see on the table (dinner, lunch, food, meal). Ask the ss how can person A ask for something that is out of his/her reach (using the picture) Divide ss into 2 groups, give them cards and tell them that they are going to match the questions and responses. Gather the ss around one table and demo! Match the first one together, ask one s to match another example. (5mins) Ask them to check each others' answers. Hand the answer key on the wall

Highlighting and clarification (8-10 minutes) • draw ss' attention to the use of can/ could for polite requests

Using realia, gather the students around a set table in the classroom. Ask students to ask each other in order to get items on the table that they are out of their reach. I: "Could you please sit around this table and ask things from each other" "I would like you to ask each other to get things on the table" D: "Student A cannot reach the bottle of water, what would s/he do?" "Could I have a glass of water, please?" ask one student to ask her/his friend for salt or juice. Highlight the use of can and could for polite requests.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of can/could

ECDW Check meaning: ask ss "why do we use can and could?" -> Polite requests Clarify the pronunciation: drill, show and practice intonation "notice how the voice goes up at the end of a polite request" Form: Give the ss the language box and write the form on the WB

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To check that ss differenciate between can/could I and can/could you and to prepare them for the speaking activity

Tell the ss that they are going to fill in requests with can/could I...? or can/could you....? and in pairs they should provide answers. Demonstrate the first example together and give them 5 mins to complete the exercise. Monitor and check. Project answers on the board.

Less Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To practice polite requests in a coffeeshop/ restaurant

Tell the ss to imagine that they are in an English-speaking country and that they want to order something from the restaurant or coffeeshop. Ask the ss to sit in two groups and choose a waiter/waiteress for each group. Demonstrate Monitor and check Delayed error correction wrap up

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