TP6- Functions- Lesson 1- Teacher Herbert
Upper Intermediate level
To introduce and provide practice of functions related to polite enquiries.
To be able to use vague expressions and speak in the form of questions to soften language to be more polite.
To be able to use past continuous forms to soften language to be more polite.
To be able to use expressions involving the words seem or appear to soften language to be more polite.
To be able to know how to politely say no using tentative language.
Procedure (45-45 minutes)
Quick introduction by teacher followed by YouTube video from BBC Learning English titled "Speaking: Being polite-how to soften your English"
Students read the transcript of a conversation between a English language learner and a phone representative from English Language College. It is an example of a polite interaction between a learner and a phone representative regarding changing a course registration.
Learners are presented with a fill in the blanks exercise asking them to complete sentences with language appropriate to a polite conversation. Teacher spends less than one minute demonstrating task and provides the answer to the first task. Students are then give 2 minutes to choose their answers to the remaining questions. They are encouraged to use the chat box to compare answers if they wish. Teacher then spends 1 to 2 minutes eliciting and reviewing answers.
Students are presented with four different examples of functional language that can be used to help them speak politely. The meaning and appropriacy of each are elicited from the students. An initial example of form and pronunciation are demonstrated by the teacher with the form and pronunciation of additional examples elicited from the students. They are expressed and practiced in full sentences. 3 minutes is spent on each example of functional language.
Learners are presented with eight multiple choice questions asking them to identify the most polite sentence formed using the functional language just presented. Teacher spends less than 1 minute demonstrating how to answer the first question. Learners are then given 2 minutes to answer independently are encouraged to use the chat box to confer with each other. Teacher than spends two minutes eliciting and reviewing answers with the students.
Learners are shown 10 pictures and provided with some useful vocabulary. Teacher spends 1 minute discussing the task and demonstrating an example of how to produce an associated polite request for the first image. Students then have 7 minutes to work together in breakout rooms to brainstorm and discuss polite requests they can form that correspond to each image. Learners are then brought back together for 4 minutes to discuss their answers in open class feedback.
Teacher provides delayed error correction of learners' use of the target language. Teacher also points out any other significant language errors.