~ 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 14

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 114 ~ Common Idioms ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) When do you feel under the weather?


B) Let’s see, usually when I hear some bad news or when I don’t feel well.


A) How often do you catch a cold?


B) ________________________________________________________ .

(About once/twice/three times a year ~ Every ____ months/years ~ Almost never.)


A) What do you eat or drink or what medicine do you take?


B) Well, __________________________________________________ .

(I eat seaweed soup/I sleep a day or two/I drink tea/I take pills and capsules.)  


A) What do you do when you get bad news?


B) Well, _________________________________________________ .

(I sometimes go to a movie/I usually go to the spa/I drink lots of wine.)


A) Do you know someone who isn’t playing with a full deck?


B) Yes, I do (If you don’t, just use your imagination).


A) Tell me about that person...


B) Well, he/she ___________________________________________ .


A) What activity is a piece of cake for you?


B) ____________________________________________________ .

(Cooking a meal for friends or family/Driving to the beach/Using social media is…)



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 114 ~ Qs with Common Idioms ~ Dialogue Practice ~


Idiom: Expressions whose meanings are not the same as the definition of its words.

              Idioms often “paint a picture” in the mind and are often visual in nature.


Example questions:


Q1: A penny for your thoughts. What are you thinking right now? 

Q2: What is the hot potato in the news these days? Tell.

Q3: What do you think is the best thing since sliced bread? Explain.

Q4: What costs an arm and a leg these days? Can you buy it? 

Q5: What time do you usually hit the sack? Always the same time?

Q6: What do you do once in a blue moon? Tell.

Q7: Who do you often see eye to eye with? Why do you think so?

Q8: What chore is a piece of cake for you? Really?

Q9: What decisions force you to sit on the fence? Why?

Q10: What wouldn’t you be caught dead doing? Explain


Make some of your own questions using this form…






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