TP 8: Exaggeration and Understatements
Upper Intermediate level
For students to become familiar with and use understatements and exaggerations in social situations where a degree of indirectness or directness is needed.
For students to practice speaking using exaggerations and understatements accurately.
Procedure (47-49 minutes)
-T explains to Ss that they will watch 3 short video clips and asks them to think about the reactions of the characters in the 3 videos. What is similar about their reactions? (exaggeration, overreactions) -Ss watch video clips. -Ss respond to question. -T asks why the characters behaving this way? -Ss respond. -T shows 2 memes and asks how these compare to the 3 videos. -Ss respond. -T asks what they are saying and what they might actually be thinking. -Ss respond.
-T shows example sentences of exaggerations and understatements about love along with a photo. -Ss guess which ones are exaggerations and understatements.
-T elicits from Ss how they know which sentences are exaggerations and which ones are understatements. -Ss respond. -Elicit from Ss when we would use either. -Ss respond.
-T presents 4 sentences using ECDWS stages. 1-2.) T: What do you see? Are they rich or poor? How rich? What's an example sentence? (They are very rich.) Great, we can also say 'They're absolutely loaded!'. Is this casual? Which is it- an understatement or exaggeration? 3.) Drill pronunciation- choral and individual 4.) Show written form. 5.) Elicit stress from Ss. Repeat again.
-T presents Ss with 1st task and models an example. -T also models how to find meaning of words by looking at context clues if needed. T also tells Ss they may use a dictionary. -Ss work on matching task in pairs.
Flexi Stage: -Ss listen to check if their answers are correct. -Next Ss practice stress and pronunciation of both exaggerations and understatements in pairs.
-T presents final task and models example. -Ss practice replying to understatements with exaggerated replies in pairs. -If time, Ss check their answers with a listening audio track.
-T presents sentences from Ss discussions -Ss correct their own mistakes and choose correct sentences.