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Language Focus 1 - Polite Requests
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about when to and how to use polite expressions in English through guided exercises based on a recording of six conversations about requests made at a cafeteria.


Abc Whiteboard
Abc Cutting Edge Handout
Abc Worksheet
Abc Audio CD

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for polite and impolite requests in the context of daily life.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about polite and impolite requests, since they are related to daily life.


Warm Up (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage

The students will be given the worksheet on which there are five requests. The students will decide in pairs which requests are polite. They will, also, discuss about how to make impolite requests more polite.

Exercise 1 (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through an audio script

The students will be given the handouts. They will be focusing on the pictures on the handout, and will try to guess what is happening. The recording number 8.1 will be paused after each request, and students will decide who is talking. After that, they will compare their ideas in pairs.

Exercise 2a (3-5 minutes) • To draw the students' attention to the target language

The teacher will play the recording number 8.1. The students will listen to the conversations on exercise 2a, will answer the questions, and will compare their answers in pairs.

Exercise 2b (3-4 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The students will be asked to fill in the blanks in memory. If they cannot, the recording number 8.2 will be played. The recording will be paused after each question and answer for students to write the missing words.

Grammar (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The teacher will check the students if they know the differences between requests for permission or requests. The students will work in pairs, determining the different types of the phrases in the audio script and will share their ideas with the whole class.

Pronunciation (3-4 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The recording number 8.3 will be played. The students will pay attention to the intonation patterns of the requests on the pronunciation exercise. The teacher will point out the intonation patterns. The students will repeat them.

Practice 1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide the students with free practice of the target language

The teacher will write an example sentence on the whiteboard. The teacher will ask for the students' suggestions about how to make it more polite. The students, then, will work in pairs and check their answers with the whole class. The teacher will ask the students to practice the dialogues in pairs, and to pay attention on the intonation.

Practice 2a (4-6 minutes) • To have the students write their own polite requests

The teacher will give write an example of a request, which can be made in the classroom, on the whiteboard. The students will be asked to prepare, in pairs, 5 requests, using the prompts on the practice 2a.

Practice 2b (4-6 minutes) • To have the students create their own polite requests

The teacher will ask the students to create their own requests and to respond to them. They will have to provide a reason if their answer is "No.".

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