Relationships - Talking About People Indirectly TP2 11.17.14
To practice functional language for talking about people indirectly.
To listen to a conversation to guess the meaning of the phrases from contextual clues
Procedure (37-47 minutes)
Put page 24 on the projector and ask students to look at the picture. Ask what they think the relationship is between the two women? Introduce the word "gossip". Put them into pairs. Discuss with your partner what these two women could be gossiping about. Take one minute. Ask two or three students to report back to the class.
Tell students what we will be doing - listening to a conversation between these two and answering T/F statements about it Pass around Textbook Handout #1, open CD files Tell students to quickly read through the questions so they know what to listen for Listen, then complete the T/F activity with your partner Play the listening a couple of times as needed
Direct students' attention to Activity #2. Explain that the phrases underneath the conversation are more direct ways of saying the phrases numbered in the conversation. Point to the first example "it was boring/it wasn't particularly interesting". Ask - why might we want to use the indirect phrase instead of the direct phrase? Tell students to read through the paragraph and then work in pairs to match the direct phrases with the indirect ones.
Ask students to listen and repeat the indirect phrases from the conversation. Ask them which of the direct phrases from Activity #2 relate to the indirect phrases they hear
Tell them to get into pairs and work on Activity #4, give hand out Walk around and monitor. Be sure that they understand the meanings of the phrases. When they are done, go over answers
Pull up pg 159 on the projector. Show them the pictures of people, explain that in groups of three, they should look at each person and make up their own indirect phrases about them. The word bank is useful. If they can, try to use the adverbs listed and keep in mind gradable and non-gradable adjectives. Can they say "absolutely average"? No! If there is time, ask students for some of their answers.