~ 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 23

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 123 ~ Global Crisis ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) Do you think most people can live happy lives in these times? Explain.


B) ______________________________________________________ .

(No. I don’t/Maybe. There are opportunities. We have to find them/Yes. Certainly.) 


A) Do you think pandemics will emerge in the future? How? How often? 

B) _______________________________________________________ .

(I don't want to think so/It depends. Laws are essential/Yes. I can imagine that.) 


A) Do you think climate change is real? Explain.

B) ________________________________________________________ .

(No. It's a hoax/Maybe. I see so many cars…/Yes. It has been scientifically proven.)  


A) What kind of things can we do to make our world cleaner and safer? 

B) Well. __________________________________________________ .

(Buy less meat/Use less gasoline/Change to renewable energy/Walk more/Collaborate.) 


A) What is something you have that you don’t need? 

B) I don't need ______________________________________________ .

(a riding lawnmower/cheap plastic things/throw-away items/expensive imports.) 


A) How has your social life changed since the Corona Virus? 

B) _______________________________________________________ .

(Not at all. I like staying home/I feel like I'm in a movie/I am (no longer) isolated.) 


A) Do you ever wonder what catastrophe will come to the world next? What is it?

B) _______________________________________________________ .

(No, never/Yes. I think an asteroid or meteor/Yes, but I don’t want to think about it.)


A) Do you ever spend time preparing for a crisis? What do you do?

B) ______________________________________________________ .

(No, I don't do that/I spend lots of time meditating/Yes. I stockpile items regularly.)


Section Two ~ Form-Talk 123 ~ Global Crisis ~ Dialogue Practice ~


1) "Do you ever" is a common question form

   for answers involving adverbs of frequency (Topic 2/Book 1)

   (never ~ occasionally ~ sometimes ~ usually ~ always)

2) "Have you ever" is a common question form

   for answers involving the present perfect verb (Topic 17/Book 2)

   (take ~ took ~ taken/eat ~ ate ~ eaten/buy ~ bought ~ bought)


Below, they are compared side-by-side


Discuss how you think they are different (review above)


Example questions:


Q1: Do you ever eat too much food? Where? Whats the result?

Q2: Have you ever eaten a really delicious salad? What was it? Where?

Q3: Do you ever meet friends during the week? On weekends? Tell.

Q4: Have you ever met a good friend when she/he was distressed? Tell. 

Q5: Do you ever watch TV when your spouse is trying to sleep? Results? 

Q6: Have you ever had an argument with someone you didn't know? Tell.

Q7: Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong country/family? Explain.

Q8: Have you ever felt like an outcast and not understood why? Tell a story. 

Q9: Do you ever think your politicians country are self-absorbed and dangerous? 

Q10: Have you ever considered that good people don't want to be politicians?






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