Welcoming Someone to Home
Upper Intermediate level
To help students practice speaking in the context of a social situation such as welcoming someone to their home.
To introduce students to register-specific lexis in the context of a social encounter at a person's home.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
1. Start the lesson by offering the students lemon cologne, which is a cultural element that symbolizes hospitality while welcoming a guest to your home in Turkey. And tell them a short story about my own boyfriend coming to my parents' house for the first time. Elicit reactions. 2. Ask them to compare this experience with a friend visiting a friend.
1. Let students work in pairs and read both of the dialogues to find out who the people in the conversations are, how well they know each other, what the social setting is like, etc. 2. After a short discussion, explain to them the real situation briefly.
1. In pairs, students fill in the blank spaces in the dialogues. 2. Check answers by playing the recording. After discussing about the correct answers hand out the tapescripts of the recordings. 3. Clarify the language and drill useful phrases such as, "Chill out, What've you been up to?" 4. Hand out the Vocabulary Back-up sheet, after clarifying the meanings of the unfamiliar words.
1. In groups, students discuss what advice to give to someone who is going to meet their girlfriend/boyfriend's parents for the first time. And then they share their best advice with the class. 2. In pairs, the students choose a situation they like and act out a conversation using appropriate language. 3. Monitor them, help them out with their minor problems spontaneously and take notes of the errors to give feedback.
1. Provide feedback on their role-plays and correct their errors. 2. Switch partners and ask them to act the same conversations in different pairs by keeping the corrections in mind.