Upper Intermediate level
To provide clarification, practice and review of language used for making conversation in the context of introducing oneself, asking questions and concluding discussion
To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about making conversation
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
Begin with two lead in questions that target our lesson topic of making conversation: "When people meet for the first time, what kinds of things do they usually talk about" and "Do you ever find it difficult to keep a conversation going in these circumstances? Why?" This gets students thinking about the types of phrases we regularly use when meeting someone and making conversation.
Students will listen to a dialogue of Sean and Fiona meeting and be asked some general information or gist about their discussion. Students will be prompted with a list of information and will be asked which parts were covered in the dialogue.
Students will listen to the dialogue recording once more and then be asked about specific information that highlights the target language; "how many questions did they both ask?" "how did they begin conversation?"
In this stage we will isolate phrases of our target language and assess them with M(A)FP. Meaning will be checked by asking students which phrases from a list are use for beginning/concluding a conversation. Appropriacy is useful for discussing here, as there are both formal and informal ways of greeting and ending a discussion. Form is largely unnecessary to cover, thus more time will be devoted to pronunciation and intonation, then ending with drilling excercises. We will then, as a class, generate interest-raising questions off of some inital answers some people might give, to allow a conversation to be sustained for the practice to come.
Students will be asked to generate some questions based off of some sample information someone might give upon introducing themselves; their job, where they're going or what they're doing. Then students will make conversation with each other, selecting a location and a level of familiarity between their chosen roles. Students are given several minutes to speak with one another before switching to new pairs.
Students will once again engage in making conversation with their peers, only this time as a selected famous person or celebrity. Students will have a few minutes to chat with their peers before returning to open class discussion. Feedback and DEC to follow.