To give practice to comprehend formal & informal manners of interrupting someone.
To instill appreciation for and practical use of functional language in regards to interrupting someone in a non-abrasive, polite manner.
To illustrate the concept of functional exponents.
Procedure (45-45 minutes)
Using Google Jamboard, I will simply ask students to give me one or more ways they know how to interrupt someone, to begin contextualizing this lesson.
First, I'll play an audio for the class to listen to in order to consume some examples of the functional language that I'm introducing in the lesson. Then, I will merely ask in an open class manner for people to name different forms of interrupting and whether they were appropriate or not, especially when referencing the audio. I will use CCQs to help foster more understanding as well. It's absolutely possible to play the audio twice, as well (it is a minute and sixteen seconds long). I will be playing it off of my device in the interest of time and keeping the class on the same page.
In this stage I will touch on the meaning, form and pronunciation of various formal and informal phrases that can be used for technically interrupting someone. I will use a spectrum type symbol to illustrate the gradients of formality of these expressions. I will also explain rising and falling intonation and get the students to practice these intonations with the functional exponents provided.
First, the learners will be presented with a controlled practice, all multiple choice and based on the content from Slides, and the MFP of presented phrases. This should take no more than 3 - 5 minutes to complete. Then we will just go over things and transfer, with a moment for questions, perhaps another 3 minutes in total. Then I will send them to breakout rooms for at least 8 minutes to make a free practice as if they were in a meeting and having a bit of a debate, in order to utilize the functional exponent of interrupting someone appropriately in real time.
I will dedicate this final portion of the class to provide any necessary and beneficial feedback on the free and controlled practices, along with the DEC on Zoom Whiteboard.