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“Meeting new people”
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Tips 1.
“Meeting new people”
What’s the context?
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Tips Look through the natural English
boxes above. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the following contexts:
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phrases
Choose a suitable response from B for each question or statement in A.
Example:
in class: I’ve forgotten your name.
Example: I really like this kind of music: Yes, me too.
A
1. Have you studied here long?
2. I never go clubbing.
3. I’m really sorry, I don’t remember your name.
4. I really like this kind of music.
5. Do you know Susanna?
6. I’m single. How about you?
7. Do you fancy a coffee?
8. We’ve met before, haven’t we?
9. I love this hot weather.
• at a party
• in class
• on holiday
• at work
B
a. It’s Simon.
b. Yes, me too.
c. I’m married.
d. Yes, on the plane.
e. Hello. Nice to meet you.
f. Yes, about 18 months.
g. Really? I don’t.
h. No, me neither.
i. Good idea!
Example:
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Role play ‘Office party’
You work for SmartPhones. You are at the SmartPhones office party, and you are meeting lots of people who work for the same company.
First prepare your character for the role play. Choose the answers to the following questions to build your character profile.
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Your name is… You work... at reception / in the sales department / in the accounts department /
in the research and design department / in the canteen
Your name is… You work... at reception / in the sales department / in the accounts department / in the research and design department / in the canteen
You forget people’s names... often / sometimes / never
You’ve worked at SmartPhones for... six years / three years / about a year
You’ve been at the party for... two hours / half an hour / a few minutes
You are... married / separated / single
You’ve got... two children / one child / no children
You like... (choose 3) swimming / playing computer games / dancing / tennis / golf / painting / reading / working at SmartPhones
You don’t like... (choose 3) swimming / playing computer games / dancing / tennis / golf / painting / reading / working at SmartPhones
After the party you fancy... going for a coffee / going dancing / going for a midnight swim
Now prepare some questions that you would like to ask other people at the party, based on the information in the table.
2
Example: Are you married? Have you been here long?
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Example: A: We’ve met before, haven’t we?
B: Yes, I’m Andrea.
I work in the sales department.
A: Oh yes, nice to meet you
again. I’m
Sam. Do you know
Anton?
B: Hi Anton. Have you worked here long?
Role play
Have conversations with at least three other people at the party. Use your character profile, the questions you’ve prepared… and lots of natural English phrases!
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Peter
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“Meeting new people”
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Tips ANSWER KEY
1. Have you studied here long?
f. Yes, about 18 months.
2. I never go clubbing.
h. No, me neither.
3. I’m really sorry, I don’t remember your name.
a. It’s Simon.
4. I really like this kind of music.
b. Yes, me too.
5. Do you know Susanna?
e. Hello. Nice to meet you.
6. I’m single. How about you? c. I’m married.
7. Do you fancy a coffee?
i. Good idea! 8. We’ve met before, haven’t we?
d. Yes, on the plane.
9. I love this hot weather. g. Really? I don’t.
2. “ExcusE mE!”
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Tips 2. “ExcusE mE!”
What’s the context?
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Tips Look through the natural English
boxes above. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the following contexts:
Study the natural English
phrases
Which natural English
phrases could you use in the following situations?
Example:
at work:
Do you mind if I close the window?
Sorry to bother you, but could I just ask you something?
Example: Someone’s just thanked you for helping them.
Don’t mention it.
a. Someone’s just given you a very expensive present.
b. Someone’s talking loudly in the library.
c. You’ve forgotten your pen and you need one for five minutes.
d. You want to ask your teacher a few questions after class.
e. You’re starting a long journey on a busy train.
f. Someone wants to ask you some questions. You don’t have time.
g. Someone wants to ask you some questions. You are happy to help.
h. A friend has just thanked you for helping him.
i. You want to interview people in the street. What do you say to each person first?
j. You are on the bus. You want to know what time it is.
• at work
• on public transport (bus, train, plane…)
• in the street
• at a party
• at school
• at a friend’s house
• in the library, shop, swimming pool…
• in the street
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You’ll need a dice for this. Work with a partner. Roll the dice to get a PLACE, then again to get a WANT OR NEED. Use your imagination to prepare short dialogues using those ideas. Include natural English
phrases in your dialogues. (If you don’t have a dice, you could write the PLACES and WANT OR NEEDS on pieces of paper and pick them at random.)
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2. “ExcusE mE!”
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Tips Example:
PLACE 6
: at work
YOU WANT OR NEED 1
: … to ask permission to do something
Listen to the other students’ dialogues. Can you tell what the PLACE and WANT OR NEED are? How many natural English phrases did you hear?
Choose one dialogue to practise and perform to other students.
A: Excuse me, have you got a moment?
B: Sure.
A: Do you think I could
come in late tomorrow? B: Why’s that?
A: Well, I need to go to the doctor.
B: OK, that’s no problem.
A: Thanks very much.
B: That’s OK.
PLACE
1. at a party
2. on a bus
3. in the street
4. at a friend’s house
5. at school
6. at work YOU WANT OR NEED ...
1. ...to ask permission to do something 2. ...to start a conversation with a stranger
3. ...to start a conversation with someone you know a little
4. ...to ask someone for help
5. ...to thank someone for something
6. …to ask someone to be quiet
2. “ExcusE mE!”
Example answers only: others are possible.
a. Someone’s just given you a very expensive present.
That’s very good / kind of you. b. Someone’s talking loudly in the library.
Shh! Could you be quiet please?
c. You’ve forgotten your pen and you need one for five minutes.
Do you mind if I borrow your pen?
d. You want to ask your teacher a few questions after class.
Excuse me, are you in a hurry?
e. You’re starting a long journey on a busy train.
Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?
f. Someone wants to ask you some questions. You don’t have time.
Sorry, I’m late already. or
It depends what it is.
g. Someone wants to ask you some questions. You are happy to help.
Sure. Go ahead. h. A friend has just thanked you for helping him.
No problem.
i. You want to interview people in the street. What do you say to each person first?
Excuse me, can you spare a minute or two?
j. You are on the bus. You want to know what time it is. Sorry, have you got the time, please?
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ANSWER KEY
3.
“ON THE PHONE”
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Tips 3.
“ON THE PHONE”
What’s the context?
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Tips Look through the natural English
boxes above. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the following contexts:
Study the natural English
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These phrases are NOT polite, natural, or correct. Replace them with natural English
phrases from the natural English
boxes in this email.
Example:
with friends:
Is that you, Akiko?
Example: I’m David. ✘
This is David.
1. I want to speak to Yuri. ✘
2. Are you Peter? ✘
3. I’m called Pascal Blanc. ✘
4. Good. You? ✘
5. I can’t hear you! ✘
6. You’re speaking too fast! ✘
7. Yes, I will. ✘
8. OK. That’s enough information. ✘
9. Thanks. You helped me. ✘
10. BROWN is written in big letters. ✘
11. Yes, I’m Richard Carlton. ✘
12. (saying ‘jimblack.com’) It’s jim black put the words together point com. ✘
• with friends
• with someone you don’t know
• when communication is a problem
• when asking for information
• when giving your email address
Activate the natural English
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Student A
Choose one of the following website addresses, and one of the following email addresses. Be prepared to say them aloud. Don’t tell your partner which ones you have chosen.
Student B will call you to ask for information. Have a formal conversation on the phone.
Include some of the natural English
phrases from this email.
Telephone role plays
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3.
“ON THE PHONE”
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Tips http://smartphone/europe.co.uk jerrybaker@easymail.com
http://SmartPhone/Europe.co.uk jerryBAKER@easymail.com
www.smartphone/EUROPE.co.uk JERRYBAKER@easymail.com
Student B
You need the SmartPhone website address and Jerry Baker’s email address. You are going to call Student A to ask for this information. How will you introduce yourself and ask for this information? How will you say thank you and end the conversation?
Call Student A. Have a formal
conversation on the phone. Include some of the natural English
phrases from this email.
Student B
Choose one of the following website addresses, and one of the following email addresses. Be prepared to say them aloud. Don’t tell your partner which ones you have chosen.
Student A will call you to ask for some information. Have an informal
conversation on the phone. Include some of the natural English
phrases from this email.
www.LEARNENGLISH/ONLINE.co.uk robert@martin.fastmail.com
http://learnenglish.online.co.uk robmartin@fastmail.com
www.learnENGLISHonline.co.uk ROBERTMARTIN@fastmail.com
Student A
You need the LearnEnglish website address and Rob Martin’s email address. You are going to call Student B to ask for this information. How will you introduce yourself and ask for this information? How will you say thank you and end the conversation?
Call Student B. Have an informal
conversation on the phone. Include some of the natural English
phrases from this email.
Extension:
Do the two conversations again, but this time include a problem: one of you speaks too quickly; one of you speaks too slowly. Use the natural English phrases from box 3.
3. “On the phOne”
Example answers only: others are possible.
1. I want to speak to Yuri. 7
Could I speak to Yuri, please? 2. Are you Peter? 7
Is that (you,) Peter? 3. I’m called Pascal Blanc. 7
My name’s Pascal Blanc. 4. Good. You? 7
Fine, thanks. And you?
5. I can’t hear you! 7
Could you speak up, please?
6. You’re speaking too fast! 7
Sorry, could you speak slowly, please? 7. Yes, I will. 7
Yes, of course. 8. OK. That’s enough information. 7
OK. I think I’ve got all the details I need. 9. Thanks. You helped me. 7
Thanks. You’ve been very helpful. 10. BROWN is written in big letters. 7
BROWN is written in upper case / capital letters. 11. Yes, I’m Richard Carlton. 7
Yes, this is Richard Carlton. 12. (saying ‘jimblack.com’) It’s jim black put the words together point com. 7
It’s jim black (one word) dot com.
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ANSWER KEY
4.
“getting to know you”
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Tips 4.
“getting to know you”
What’s the context?
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Tips Look through the natural English
boxes above. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the following contexts:
Study the natural English
phrases
What’s wrong with these natural English phrases? Correct the grammar error in each sentence.
Example:
at a job interview – My proudest moment was...
Example: My father and brother together work.
My father and brother work together.
a) I love music from the 60’s like as The Beatles.
b) That’s really?
c) I’ve always dreamt of write a book.
d) I know a few words in German.
e) I’m coming from a big family.
f)I’mfluentatKorean.
g) I like skiing, snowboarding, and that sort.
h) I’ve always wanted run my own company.
i) Can we have together lunch some time?
j) I was brought up and born in India.
k) I can get by on Spanish.
l) My proudest moment was won a writing competition at school.
m) I speak Japanese, but it’s a bit rusting.
n) I wish I can speak Turkish.
• at a job interview
• at a party
• on holiday
• at work
• at school
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Example
I come from a musical family.
(False – my family isn’t really musical)
I speak French reasonably well. (True – my French is good)
Write 10 sentences about yourself, some true, some not true. Try to use different natural English
phrases from each of the first four natural English
boxes in this email.
Write about your background, your family, your language ability and your likes and dislikes.
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4.
“getting to know you”
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Tips Work with a partner. Read out your sentences to each other. Can your partner tell which sentences are true and false?
Try to show interest in what your partner tells you, using the natural English phrases in box 5 (showing a lot of interest).
4. “GettinG to know you”
Example answers only: others are possible.
a) I love music from the 60’s like as The Beatles. 7
I love music from the 60’s such as The Beatles. or
I love music from the 60’s like The Beatles. b) That’s really? 7
Really?
c) I’ve always dreamt of write a book. 7
I’ve always dreamt of writing a book.
d) I know a few words in German. 7
I know a few words of German.
e) I’m coming from a big family. 7
I come from a big family.
f) I’m fluent at Korean. 7
I’m fluent in Korean.
g) I like skiing, snowboarding, and that sort. 7
I like skiing, snowboarding, and that sort of thing.
h) I’ve always wanted run my own company. 7
I’ve always wanted to run my own company.
i) Can we have together lunch some time? 7
Can we have lunch together some time?
j) I was brought up and born in India. 7
I was born and brought up in India.
k) I can get by on Spanish. 7
I can get by in Spanish.
l) My proudest moment was won a writing competition at school. 7
My proudest moment was winning a writing competition at school.
m) I speak Japanese, but it’s a bit rusting. 7
I speak Japanese, but it’s a bit rusty. n) I wish I can speak Turkish. 7
I wish I could speak Turkish.
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ANSWER KEY
5.
“what did you do at the weekend?”
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Tips Example: I think the weekend in g) was terrible.
What’s the context?
This language could be used for telling people:
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1. When telling stories, it’s good to link your ideas into long sentences. Use natural English
words, phrases and structures from this email to join two (or three) sentences into one. You’ll need to study the natural English
boxes carefully first.
Example:
short and simple stories – We had an amazing Chinese meal, and then
we went to the cinema. After that
we went for a romantic walk through the city, but it rained, which was a bit disappointing.
Example: I didn’t close the windows. I remembered this later.
I suddenly remembered
(that) I hadn’t closed the windows.
a) We won the football match. We had a really big party to celebrate.
We won ... ______________________________________________
b) I forgot to ask him for his phone number. I realized this when I got home.
When I got home I ... ______________________________________
c) Tatiana came round and helped me paint the flat. That was really kind of her.
Tatiana ... ______________________________________________
d) I did my homework. I checked my emails. I called my uncle. I did ... _________________________________________________
e) Paul broke his leg in two places. I found this out later.
I found out ... ____________________________________________
f) He gave me a lift on his motorbike. It was really exciting.
He gave me ... ___________________________________________
g) We talked a lot about what to do. Anyway, we eventually decided to go back home. We talked ... _____________________________________________
• long stories
• short and simple stories
• about your weekend, your holiday, your exam…anything!
• how you feel about things that happened to you
Look through the natural English
boxes above. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the following contexts:
5.
“what did you do at the weekend?”
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Tips 2. Which weekends in exercise 1 do you think were:
• lovely?
• terrible? • a bit boring?
• nice?
Activate the natural English
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‘Weekend stories’
Work with a partner. Look at the weekend story ‘skeletons’ below. Choose one of them: this is what happened to you at the weekend.
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A party
On Saturday night you went to a party.
People looked at you in a strange way.
When you got home you suddenly realized... (What?)
How did you feel?
What did you do on Sunday?
A shopping trip
On Saturday you went shopping.
You paid £50 for a shirt.
Later when you got home you found out something. (What?)
How did you feel?
What did you do on Sunday?
A phone call
You went to bed at 11.30pm on Saturday night.
The phone rang at midnight.
You answered it. (Who was it?)
The person on the phone told you something. (What did you find out?)
How did you feel?
What did you do on Sunday?
A journey
On Saturday you drove 150km to see your sister on her birthday.
When you got there you remembered (what?)
What did you do?
How did you feel?
What did you do on Sunday?
Plan your weekend story with your partner. Turn your story skeleton into a full story by using your imagination, adding details and answering the questions in brackets. Include some natural English
phrases from this email. Practise telling your story with your partner.
Decide with your partner what you will say when someone asks you ‘How was your weekend?’
• It was nice.
• A bit boring.
• It was terrible.
• It was lovely.
Work in small groups with people who have prepared different stories. Tell your stories. Start the conversations like this:
Example: How was your weekend?
It was terrible.
Why? What happened?
Well, on Saturday night I watched the football on TV and then
I went to bed at 11.30pm...
Extension: Use the same story skeleton, but add completely different details, so that your weekend changes from lovely to terrible or from a bit boring to nice.
5.
“what did you do at the weekend?”
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Tips 5. “What did you do at the Weekend?”
1. a) We won the football match, and after that
we had a really big party to celebrate.
b) When I got home I suddenly realized I had forgotten
to ask him for his phone number. c) Tatiana came round and helped me paint the flat, which
was really kind of her.
d) I did my homework, and then I checked my emails, and after that
I called my uncle. e) I found out later that Paul had broken his leg in two places. f) He gave me a lift on his motorbike, which was really exciting.
g) We talked a lot about what to do, and then we eventually decided to go back home. 2. Probable answers: a) lovely
b) terrible
c) nice d) a bit boring
e) terrible f) nice, lovely
g) terrible or a bit boring
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ANSWER KEY
6.
“being helpful”
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Tips 6.
“being helpful”
What’s the context?
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Tips These natural English
phrases could be used:
Study the natural English
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1. Complete the gaps in these natural English
phrases.
Example:
at home – Shall I take the dog out?
a) _______________ help you with the washing-up.
b) Can you _______________ any places to see?
c) You _______________go and see the Museum of the Sea.
d) Could you give me a _______________?
e) I’ll _______________ someone to have a look at it.
f) _______________ I make the drinks?
g) Could you _______________ something for me?
h) It’s _______________ going to the Botanical Gardens.
i) “Thank you very much.” “You’re _______________ .”
j) The Blue Mosque is well worth a _______________ .
• at home • at a friend’s house
• in a city or other place that you don’t know
• at work
• in a hotel
Look through the natural English
boxes. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the different contexts above.
Example: Could you do me a _________
?
Could you do me a _________
?
favour
2. Look at the natural English phrases again. Mark them O = offer, REC = recommendation and REQ = request.
3. Which natural English phrase in exercise 1 is not an offer, request, or recommendation?
Example:
Could you do me a favour
? (REQ)
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Role play
Practise using the natural English
phrases in this email by doing these role plays with a partner. It’s a good idea to spend a few minutes preparing what you want to say before you begin, and finding useful natural English
phrases that you can use.
Don’t forget to use natural English
phrases for saying ‘Thank you’ when someone is helpful! (See natural English box 5.)
6.
“being helpful”
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Tips Role play 1 Friends
Student A
Your friend has just come out of hospital, and you are staying with him / her for the weekend while he / she gets better. You have never been in this city before. Of course, you want to help your friend with jobs around the house, but you also want to get out and see the city.
a) Offer
to do these things:
• Get some books and magazines
• Clean the bathroom
• Go to the supermarket
b) Ask
for recommendations about what to do in the city.
Student B
You have just come out of hospital, and your friend is staying with you for the weekend while you get better. There are some things you want to request your friend to do to help you. You also want to be on your own a bit as you feel very tired. Your friend doesn’t know the city very well, so recommend lots of things your friend can do in town.
a) Ask (request)
your friend to do these things:
• Make the coffee
• Get some DVDs
• Call a plumber to fix the kitchen tap
b) Make recommendations
about the following things in your city
• The Music Café
• Going on a city tour • The Art Museum
• The Black Tower
You could begin your conversation like this:
A How are you feeling?
B Not very good, actually. I’m tired, but I’m bored too. A Shall I get you some books and magazines?
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6.
“being helpful”
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Tips Role play 2 At a hotel
Student A
You work at reception in a hotel. You want to give good service and make sure that your guests are all happy. When a guest speaks to you:
a) Offer to solve any problems the guest has.
b) Make recommendations about these things in the city:
• The Silver Bridge
• Going on the Tour Bus • The Toy Museum
• The City Park
Student B
You are a guest in a hotel. You’ve got some problems with your room. You also want some recommendations about what to do in the city. Ask the receptionist for help. a) Ask for (request) help with these problems:
• The TV doesn’t work
• You don’t understand how to use the air conditioning
• There’s no hot water
b) Ask for recommendations about what to do and see in the city
You could begin your conversation like this:
A Can I help you?
B Yes, could you get someone to look at the TV in my room? It doesn’t seem to work.
A Sure.
Remember to say ‘Thank you’ when someone is helpful. (See natural English box 5)
6.
“Being helpful”
1. and 2. a) I’ll (O) help you with the washing-up.
b) Can you recommend (REQ) any places to see?
c) You should (REC) go and see the Museum of the Sea.
d) Could you give me a hand (REQ) ?
e) I’ll get / ask (O) someone to have a look at it.
f) Shall (O) I make the drinks?
g) Could you do (REQ) something for me?
h) It’s worth (REC) going to the Botanical Gardens.
i) “Thank you very much.” “You’re welcome
.”
j) The Blue Mosque is well worth a visit (REC)
.
3.
i) “Thank you very much.” “You’re welcome
.”
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ANSWER KEY
7.
“what’s the plan?”
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Tips 7.
“what’s the plan?”
What’s the context?
These natural English
phrases could be used:
Study the natural English
phrases
Use natural English
phrases to complete the conversation maps below.
Example:
Discussing hopes and plans – I’m going to stay with my uncle.
• making social plans with people you don’t know well
• making social plans with good friends
• discussing hopes and plans
Look through the natural English
boxes. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the different contexts above.
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Tips Invite someone for coffee after the meeting.
Example:
Would you like to
go for coffee after the meeting?
Make an excuse. a) __________________________________
Accept the excuse. b) __________________________________
Invite someone to the cinema on Saturday.
c) ___________________________________
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Accept. d) __________________________________
Suggest meeting at the Jungle Café first.
e) ___________________________________
Agree, and ask about your meeting time.
f) ___________________________________
Suggest 7.30. g) __________________________________
Accept. h) __________________________________
Activate the natural English
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Work with a partner
1. Practise reading out the dialogues from the conversation maps above. 2. Read the same dialogues, but change the natural English phrases where possible.
3. Read the same dialogues, but change key items of information (eg places, times, excuses.)
4. Create your own dialogues without using the conversation maps!
7.
“what’s the plan?”
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Tips Invite your colleague for a walk in the sunshine. i) ___________________________________
Make an excuse. Explain you can’t go because you’re busy finishing a report. j) ___________________________________
Suggest they finish the report tomorrow.
(Why don’t you…?). k) ___________________________________
Say that you want to finish the report tonight.
(I’m hoping to…) l) ___________________________________
Accept the excuse. m) __________________________________
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7.
“What’s the plan?”
Example answers only: others are possible.
Dialogue 1
a) I’d love to, but unfortunately I’m going to the dentist.
b) Another time, maybe.
Dialogue 2
c) Would you like to go to the cinema on Saturday?
d) Yes, great.
e)ShallwemeetintheJungleCaféfirst?
f) Yeah, ok. When shall we meet?
g) How about 7.30?
h) Great.
Dialogue 3
i) Do you want to go for a walk in the sunshine?
j)Sorry,I’mabitbusy.I’vegottofinishthisreport.
k) Why don’t you leave it until tomorrow?
l) I’d be a bit reluctant to do that. m) That’s a shame.
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Tips Study the natural English
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ANSWER KEY
8.
“giving your opinion”
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Tips 8.
“giving your opinion”
What’s the context?
These natural English
phrases could be used:
Study the natural English
phrases
Complete the dialogues using the natural English
phrases
Example:
when planning a project – I think it would be better to
hire a manager.
• planning something (a project, a party, a trip…)
• advising a friend
• shopping with a friend
• choosing something (a holiday, a mobile phone, a new car...)
Look through the natural English
boxes. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the different contexts above.
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Tips Anita There are lots of hats here, look. What do you think? Example
: _________________________
Bella a) ______________________ It’s a nice blue colour.
Anita b) Oh, do you think so? ______________________. It’s more colourful.
Which one do you like?
I prefer that one. Which one do you like? I quite like this one.
CarolIfeelreallystressedandunfitatthemoment.
Dave c) ______________________ yoga.
Carol d) ______________________
Dave e) ______________________ trying the new open-air swimming pool? It looks very relaxing.
Carol Yes, that’s a good idea. f) ______________________ go together.
Dave Great!
Have you thought about You could try We could Hmm, I’m not sure about that.
Ed So, any ideas on how solve this problem? I think we need a completely new strategy.
Fiona g ) __________________ do a survey in the street, to see what people think about the TV adverts.
Ed h) __________________.
Gary Why not? Sounds like a great idea to me.
Ed Well, getting this sorted out quickly is i) ______________________ for me.
Hank Yes, I agree. j) ___________________ saving money: market research will simply cost too much.
Gary k) ______________________ changing the time the TV ads are shown? Maybe it’s as simple as that, and we don’t need to change our strategy altogether.
Ed l) ______________________
Have you thought about No, maybe not. I think we should
I’m not sure about that. a priority I think the most important thing is
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‘A summer party’
You and your friend are planning a big summer party with your friends. You have different opinions about what is important to make this party a success.
Look at the information below. There are some things that you have a strong opinion about, so think carefully about what your opinion is, and how you will present it. What natural English phrases can you use in your conversation?
8.
“giving your opinion”
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Student A
Youdefinitelywantthepartytobeoutdoors.
(
Where?
In the park? On the beach? By the river?)
You think the number of guests is very important. ( How many people? A small group of close friends? A really big party with lots of people?)
You have strong opinions about the food and drink. (
What? Hot food?
Cold food? People bring their own?)
You also need to think about
• The time of day for the party
• The music
Student B
Youdefinitelywantthepartytobeindoors.
(
Where?
In a nightclub? In a hotel? At your house?)
You think the time of day is very important. (
When?
Afternoon? Evening? All night?)
You have strong opinions about the music. (
What?
Classical? Rock? Dance?)
You also need to think about
• The number of guests
• The food and drink
When you are ready, discuss the party with your partner. Give your opinions, but also listen carefully to your partner’s opinions. Be prepared to change your ideas.
Whatisyourfinalplan?
Place
Time of day
Number of guests
Food and drink Music
8. “GivinG your opinion”
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ANSWER KEY
Anita There are lots of hats here, look. What do you think?
Which one do you like? Bella a) I quite like this one.
It’s a nice blue colour.
Anita b) Oh, do you think so? I prefer that one
. It’s more colourful.
CarolIfeelreallystressedandunfitatthemoment.
Davec)
You could tryyoga.
Carold)
Hmm, I’m not sure about that.
Davee)
Have you thought abouttryingthenewopen-airswimmingpool?
Itlooksveryrelaxing.
CarolYes,that’sagoodidea.f)
We couldgotogether.
DaveGreat!
EdSo,anyideasonhowsolvethisproblem?Ithinkweneedacompletely
newstrategy.
Fionag)
I think we shoulddoasurveyinthestreet,toseewhatpeople
thinkabouttheTVadverts.
Edh)
I’m not sure about that.
GaryWhynot?Soundslikeagreatideatome.
EdWell,gettingthissortedoutquicklyisi)
a priorityforme.
Hank
Yes,Iagree.j)
I think the most important thing is money:market
researchwillsimplycosttoomuch.
Gary
k)
Have you thought aboutchangingthetimetheTVadsareshown?
Maybeit’sassimpleasthat,andwedon’tneedtochangeourstrategy
altogether.
Edl)
No, maybe not.
9.
“what’s the gossip?”
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Tips 9.
“what’s the gossip?”
What’s the context?
These natural English
phrases could be used:
Study the natural English
phrases
Match the gossip with the response.
Example:
at a school reunion – Do you still play tennis?
• at a school reunion
• at work
• at school
• with family
Look through the natural English
boxes. Find natural English phrases
that you could use in each of the different contexts above.
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Tips Example:
What’s he like? He’s very ambitious.
Gossip
1. What happened
to your friend Mike?
2. What’s
the new boss like?
3. Do you think she’s going to be happy with Wayne? Look at his job!
4. Apparently, Donna’s new neighbour is really, really noisy.
5. Does she still
like rock climbing?
6. Have you heard about Vanessa’s problems at work?
7. I’ve heard his girlfriend is really horrible to him, despite her job.
8. Is he still good at tennis?
Response
a) Yes, terrible. If that were me, I’d definitely
leave my job.
b) Well, people often say that traffic wardens are very reliable,
so she should be ok!
c) Yes, she still does it whenever she can.
d) Oh, he got a job in Canada. We still keep in touch.
e) I know. In her shoes, I’d probably
say something to him.
f) Really? But nurses are said to be very kind and gentle.
g) Yeah, he’s still quite good.
h) Well, she’s very organised,
but quite serious
and not very friendly.
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‘School reunion’
You are at a school reunion. You are going to have a conversation with an old school friend (or two). You have information and gossip about some of your old school friends, and you want to know about others who you have lost contact with.
Study your card information below. Based on the prompt question and natural English phrases
, prepare what you are going to say and ask your partner. You want to tell and find out as much gossip as possible!
9.
“what’s the gossip?”
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Tips Student A
You know that ...
• ANTONIO has just come out of prison. (Why was he in prison?)
• OLGA has just been offered a good job in Hollywood. She can’t decide whether to leave Britain and take the job or not. (What would you do? In her shoes, I’d...
• MARTIN has become a clown. (
People often say that clowns
are...
)
You want to know about...
• FRANK, who wasn’t very ambitious. (
What’s he like now?
)
• SARAH, who loved plants and animals. (
Does she still…?
)
• BERNADETTE, who was very good at maths. (
Is she still…?
)
Student B
You know that ...
• FRANK married a doctor. (Doctors are supposed to be ...
)
• SARAH moved to Australia 5 years ago. (What does she do there?)
• BERNADETTE is a millionaire at the age of 35. She’s trying to decide whether to retire. (What would you do? In her position, I’d...
)
You want to know about...
• MARTIN, who was very serious and hardworking. (
Is he still...?
)
• ANTONIO, who enjoyed spending time on his own. (
Does he still...?
)
• OLGA, who loved watching films. (
Does she still...?
)
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Student C
You know that ...
• OLGA has just fallen in love with an accountant in London (Accountants are said to be...
)
• BERNADETTE is thinking of giving all her money to charity (Why? What would you do? If that were me, I’d definitely...
) • FRANK is just starting university, at the age of 35. (What’s he studying?)
You want to know about...
• SARAH, who hated flying. (
Does she still...?
)
• MARTIN, who didn’t know what he wanted to do. (
What happened to Martin?
)
• ANTONIO, who was very interested in cars. (
Is he still...?
)
When you are ready, have your conversation in pairs (or groups of three).Try to tell and find out as much gossip as possible!
9.
“What’s the gossip?”
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ANSWER KEY
1. What happened to your friend Mike?
d) Oh, he got a job in Canada. We still keep in touch.
2. What’s the new boss like?
h) Well, she’s very organised, but quite serious and not very friendly. 3. Do you think she’s going to be happy with Wayne? Look at his job!
b) Well, people often say that traffic wardens are very reliable, so she should be ok!
4. Apparently, Donna’s new neighbour is really, really noisy.
e) I know. In her shoes, I’d probably say something to him.
5. Does she still like rock climbing?
c) Yes, she still does it whenever she can.
6. Have you heard about Vanessa’s problems at work?
a) Yes, terrible. If that were me, I’d definitely leave my job.
7. I’ve heard his girlfriend is really horrible to him, despite her job.
f) Really? But nurses are said to be very kind and gentle.
8. Is he still good at tennis?
g) Yeah, he’s still quite good.
10.
“Join the debate”
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Tips 10.
“Join the debate”
What’s the context?
These natural English
phrases could be used:
Study the natural English
phrases
Make three mini-debates by putting the sentences below into the correct order.
Example:
with friends
I don’t see any problem if
people want to make themselves look younger.
So are you saying
it’s ok to pretend to be something you’re not?
• with friends
• at school, college, or university
• in an interview
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boxes. Find natural English
phrases that you could use in each of the different contexts above.
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Tips Giving an opinion A
Rephrasing an idea
Clarifying your position
Agreeing or disagreeing
Giving an opinion B
Rephrasing an idea
Clarifying your position
Agreeing or disagreeing
Giving an opinion C
Rephrasing an idea
Clarifying your position
Agreeing or disagreeing
Dialogue 1 Is it ok to break the speed limit?
Dialogue 2 What’s the best age to have children?
Dialogue 3
Is it ok to lie at a job interview?
Giving an opinion
a) I don’t think it’s right to
punish people for driving a little bit over the speed limit.
b) I don’t see any problem if
people have children when they are older.
c) I think it’s ok to
lie in a job interview.
Rephrasing an idea
d) So what you’re saying is,
it’s ok to be a new parent when you’re fifty?
e) So you mean
people should be able to drive at any speed they like, even in towns?
f) So are you saying that
you’d be happy to be employed to do something you weren’t really qualified to do?
Clarifying your position
g) Well, what I’m trying to say is,
sometimes you’re driving along and there’s nobody around, and it seems stupid to drive slowly just because the sign tells you to.
h) That’s not what I meant.
I mean, it’s ok to have a baby in your thirties.
i) No, what I meant was
it’s ok to exaggerate a bit about your experience, if you know you can do the job.
Agreeing or disagreeing
j) I think it depends.
You might find you have real problems later on.
k) Well, I agree with that.
Thirty’s not too old.
l) Sorry, I don’t agree with you.
There are just too many accidents on the road. We have to respect the rules.
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Practise reading the dialogues above aloud with a partner. Concentrate on your pronunciation of the natural English phrases.
10.
“Join the debate”
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Tips 5 = I (really) don’t see any problem
if someone does this. I think it’s ok to
do this.
4 = I (mostly) agree with this.
3 = I really don’t know how I feel about this. I think it depends. I’m not sure.
2 = I don’t agree with this.
1 = I (really) don’t think it’s right to do this.
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What do you think about the situations below? Mark them 1-5 according to how you feel.
Discussion
a woman in her twenties has cosmetic surgery to make herself more attractive
a man in his forties has cosmetic surgery to make himself more attractive
a student makes illegal copies of CDs, DVDs, and computer software for his friends
a student makes illegal copies of CDs, DVDs, and computer software and sells them to other students
a fifteen-year-old boy pretends to be eighteen
a forty-five year-old woman pretends to be thirty-nine
a woman carries a knife for self-protection
a man carries a gun for self-protection
someone goes fishing for sport
someone goes fishing for supper
10.
“Join the debate”
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Tips Study the natural English
phrases
ANSWER KEY
Dialogue 1 Is it ok to break the speed limit?
a) I don’t think it’s right to punish people for driving a little bit over the speed limit.
e) So you mean people should be able to drive at any speed they like, even in towns?
g) Well, what I’m trying to say is, sometimes you’re driving along and there’s nobody around, and it seems stupid to drive slowly just because the sign tells you to.
l) Sorry, I don’t agree with you. There are just too many accidents on the road. We have to respect the rules.
Dialogue 2 What’s the best age to have children?
b) I don’t see any problem if people have children when they are older.
d) So what you’re saying is, it’s ok to be a new parent when you’re fifty?
h) That’s not what I meant. I mean, it’s ok to have a baby in your thirties.
k) Well, I agree with that. Thirty’s not too old.
Dialogue 3 Is it ok to lie at a job interview?
c) I think it’s ok to lie in a job interview.
f) So are you saying that you’d be happy to be employed to do something you weren’t really qualified to do?
i) No, what I meant was it’s ok to exaggerate a bit about your experience, if you know you can do the job.
j) I think it depends. You might find you have real problems later on.
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