~ 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 21
Section One ~ Basic-Talk 121 ~ Comparing Pastimes ~ Role Play Practice ~
A) What’s the difference between a pastime and a hobby?
B) They are similar. Maybe hobbies are less social and done in people’s spare time.
A) Then, what about pastimes. Are they more social and less to do with personal time?
B Yes. Chess and other games, bowling… Yet, both can be sports. Definitions are flexible.
A) I see. In your view, which pastime is the best or the worst?
B) The best is ________________ . The worst is ________________________ .
(probably sports/certainly chess/cooking and eating/going to the beach/jogging/reading.)
A) Do you have regular meetings with friends for your pastimes?
B) ____________________________________________________ .
(Yes. We always meet for coffee and chat/Sometimes we go hiking/Not regular, no.)
A) Is it worse to have an unhealthy pastime (like drinking) than no pastime at all?
B) _______________________________________________________ .
(Socializing is essential for us. We sometimes need it. Moderate drinking can be healthy.)
A) What pastimes or hobbies do your friends or family like?
B) Well... ______________________________________________________ .
(My uncle is a chess fanatic/My mom always plays badminton/My grandpa takes naps.)
A) Is there a pastime (or hobby) you’d like to begin doing now?
B) Well… ______________________________________________________ .
(Maybe swimming or volleyball/I want to learn piano/No. I’m happy with what I do.)
Section Two ~ Form-Talk 21 ~ Adjectives for Comparison ~ Dialogue Practice ~
See previous sections (Topics 6 and 7) for regular forms
1) Good ~ Better ~ Best
a) Which is better, __________ or ___________ .
b) What is the best way to ___________________ .
2) Bad ~ Worse ~ Worst
a) Which is worse, __________ or ___________ .
b) What is the worst way to ___________________ .
3) Far ~ Farther/further ~ Farthest/furthest
a) Which is farther, __________ or ___________ .
b) What is the furthest ______________________ .
Q1: Which is more fun, playing online games or playing board games? Explain.
Q2: Is it better to travel in your own country or travel abroad? Give your opinion.
Q3: If you had a party, what would be the worst thing that could happen? Why?
Q4: What is the furthest distance a friend or family member lives from you now?
Q5: Which is worse, being late for work or being late to a wedding or funeral? Tell.
Q6: Which is better, living in the country or living in the city? Give your opinion.
Q7: What’s the best place or places for you to live in retirement? Explain.
Q8: Which is better on Sundays, staying home and relaxing or going out? Tell.
Q9: What is the worst or best experience you have had studying English? Why?
Q10: What is the furthest thing from your mind right now? Explain.
Make some of your own questions using this form.
Notes: Using doubt or uncertainty
I don’t know, maybe I/they/we would ________________ .
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