~ How to Make a Lesson ~
1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.
2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.
3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.
4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.
5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.
6) Select two questions from the list. Practice with a partner, then in front of the class.
7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).
The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 6
Section One ~ Basic-Talk 106 ~ Vacation ~ Role Play Practice ~
A) Where did you go on your last trip?
(We went to Thailand/I went to my grandparents home/We took a package tour.)
A) Who did you go there with?
B) I/We went there with_____________________________________.
A) How did you travel there?
(We went there by bus and train/We flew/I took a ship.)
A) Where did you stay?
B) I/We stayed___________________________________________.
A) How long did you stay?
B) I/We stayed_______________________________________.
A) Tell me about one of the things you enjoyed.
B) Well... ___________________________________________________.
(The scenery was great/The food was delicious/The people were kind and helpful.)
A) Was there anything that you didn't enjoy?
B1) Let me see. No, everything was just fine.
B2) Let me see. Yes. __________________________________________.
(It was noisy and crowded/The restaurants weren’t so clean/My camera was stolen.)
A) Overall, would you do it again?
(Yes. We plan to go there next year/No, I’d like to go somewhere else.)
“Holiday” in British English is time off from work or school.
“Holiday” in North American English is a special day like Christmas.
“Vacation” in North America is time off from work or school.
“Vacation” isn’t often used in British English except when a university is closed.
“Trip” is used flexibly. It could be a day or a month, but it includes travel.
Section Two ~ Form-Talk 106 ~ Comparative Adjectives ~ Dialogue Practice ~
A comparative adjective is used to compare two things.
List of comparative adjectives:
1) One syllable or ending in y:
old – older / young – younger / pretty – prettier / happy – happier
2) Two or more syllables:
respectable – more/less respectable ~ beautiful – more/less beautiful
preferable – more/less preferable ~ hardworking – more/less hardworking
3) Different forms:
good – better / bad – worse
Q1: Are you more or less intelligent than your parents? How?
Q2: Are some people luckier (in love/money) than others? Explain.
Q3: Would it be better to be rich and dumb or poor and smart? Why?
Q4: Is it worse for you to be really hungry or to eat too much?
Q5: Which is more delicious, ______or _______ food? (e.g., Thai)
Q6: Is your friend/spouse friendlier/more friendly than you? Tell.
Q7: Are some families happier/sadder than others? Tell.
Q8: Is it better for you to study or to enjoy your time? Explain.
Q9: Is it worse for you to sleep too much or too little? Why?
Q10: Are Chinese clothes more fashionable than American? Explain.
Make some of your own questions using the same form.
In the case of “friendlier/more friendly” both forms are acceptable. Others are:
easier/more easy, dirtier/more dirty, funnier/more funny, happier/more happy,
noisier/more noisy, narrower/more narrow, simpler/more simple, gentler/more gentle.
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