Lesson on Polite Requests
To provide practice of language used for polite requests in the context of social life.
To provide detailed listening practice using an audio script about polite requests as it pertains to social life.
Procedure (41-57 minutes)
Each student will be given a slip of paper with either a request or an answer using the language in Exercise 2b. E.g. Request: "Can I have the bill please?", Response: "Certainly sir." Students will be monitored Each pair shall read out there sentences tp the class
T will give sts the handouts. Sts will be asked to look at the pictures in pairs T will play track 8.1 and students will identify the people making the requests heard on the track. A second listening will be provided if sts are unsure or haven't completed the task yet. Answers will be checked in pairs.
T will play 6 conversations on track 8.2 Students will listen to the requests and the responses Students will then identify the other persons answer and provide a reason for any refusals they hear. Answers will be written on the board, if its a refusal the reason will be written beside it. E.g. "Yes" / "No, because..."
T will play track 8.2 again Sts will be asked to complete the questions and answers based on what they hear. Answers will be checked as a whole class.
T will draw a table on the board with a column for each section: 1) Requests for asking if you can do something. E.g. "Can I..." 2) Requests for asking someone else to do something E.g. "Would you mind..." 3) Answers for saying yes 4) Answers for saying no T shall elicit the polite form of requests and responses and write down examples for each section based on what they have listened to.
T will play track 8.3. Ss will be asked to pay attention to the intonation patterns in all 5 requests. Then T will drill the requests as a whole class using gestures where needed. Backchaining shall be done if necessary.
Sts will get in pairs T will ask sts to open their notebooks / provide paper to write on T will then instruct the sts to correct the sentences with the polite form and act them out with their partner.
Sts get in pairs A set of cards will be given to each pair. 6 to students A and 6 to students B. Using prompts like "May I", "Can I" and "Could I" sts will be asked to take turns asking permission for the action on the card. If there is a tick on the back of the card, the student answering gives permission. If there is a cross on the back of the card, the student answering refuses permission. Have the students hold their card so the permission prompt is facing towards them and the tick or cross is facing away. They ask, give and refuse permission until their cards are finished.
Much like the card game, the teacher will facilitate another mingling session. Sts will be asked to create their own requests and respond to them either giving or refusing permission. If the answer is no, they will have to provide a reason.