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Time: 15min. Level: Upper- intermediate Age: 16-17
Materials: A video, PowerPoint slide, role cards Interaction: T\Ss, Ss\ Ss Assumptions: The Ss know tenses, modals, relative clauses, if clauses and the meaning of the words the T uses. Anticipated problems: Some Ss may not want to speak or participate in the activities, but the teacher insists on their speaking. PRE-SPEAKING Time: 4 min. Materials: A video and a photo of a character in a TV series Interaction: T\Ss What students do: The Ss watch a video and talk about it. Then the Ss say whether they have any strange neighbors and if they have, they talk about them. Grouping: Whole class Objectives: • To motivate Ss for the lesson To attract their attention to the topic To arouse their interest
Steps: The teacher starts the lesson by showing a photo of Burhan Altıntopa character in a TV series called “Avrupa Yakası”- and then asks the students whether they know that man. As almost all the students know Burhan, it is possible to get the answer “yes” from them.
The teacher shows his video with one of his neighbors. Then the T asks “What kind of neighbor is Burhan? Is he friendly, understanding, respectful or agreeable?”
After getting the students’ answers, the T asks the Ss whether they have any strange or interesting neighbors like Burhan. The T says “Think about that a person like Burhan is your neighbor. He is always doing something that disturbs you. You want to say that you are disturbed and ask him politely not to do these disturbing things. What would you say him?”
The T provides the Ss helping language for the next activity and gives the structure of “would you mind doing…?”, “I would be grateful if ...”, “could you/would you/can you ... ?”, “excuse me/pardon me”…
WHILE-SPEAKING Time: 10 min. Materials: Role cards Interaction: Ss/Ss What students do: The Ss have some role cards and some situations. They make up sentences by using the structures they have learnt according to the situation. Grouping: Pair work Aims: To get the Ss involved in a conversation To encourage them to speak English To create a communicative atmosphere To get them to use the structure of “would you mind doing…?”, “I would be grateful if ...”, “could you/would you/can you ... ?”, “excuse me/pardon me”… Steps: • The T asks the students to work in pairs and explains the activity.
One of the pairs is Burhan and the other one is his neighbor. The Ss have role cards on which some situations are written. Burhan does always something that disturbs his neighbor and the neighbor tries to ask him politely not to do these disturbing things by using the structures they have learnt.
The T gives them two minutes to make up their sentences. Then they come to the stage and act it out. The T corrects the mistakes or errors of the students at the end of the activity.
POST-SPEAKING Time: 1 min. Materials: -Interaction: T/Ss What students do: The Ss research proverbs about neighborhood. Grouping: Individual work Aims: • • To get the Ss to research proverbs about neighborhood
Steps: The T emphasizes the importance of neighborhood. The T asks the Ss to research some proverbs about neighbors or neighborhood and gives some examples. “Buy a neighbor, not a house.”, “Neighbor grass is always greener.”, “No one is rich enough to do without his neighbor.”
ROLE CARDS 1. A: You are Burhan. You have a rooster and you like it very much. It crows every morning at 5 a.m. and awakes you, but it doesn’t matter for you. B: Your neighbor, Burhan, has a rooster in his house. It crows every morning at 5 a.m. and you wake up very early every morning because of this rooster. You cannot bear with it anymore and you want to explain this situation to Burhan politely. What would you say to Burhan? 2. A: You are Burhan. You like giving barbecue parties at your home at weekends. In this way, you meet your friends and it makes you feel relaxed. B: Your neighbor, Burhan, has barbecue parties every Sunday. Smoke coming from the barbecue on his balcony is really disturbing because your rooms are getting full of bad smell. What would you say to Burhan in order to show your disturbance politely? 3. A: You are Burhan. You give a party with your friends on Wednesday to celebrate your birthday. You enjoy by listening to music, eating, drinking and dancing. B: Your neighbor, Burhan, gives a party with his friends on Wednesday and they are making so much noise. Next morning you have to get up early because of a business meeting but you cannot sleep because of the noise. What would you say to Burhan tactfully? 4. A: You are Burhan. You are a drummer. Next Thursday is your senior recital. You have to play well so you practice as much as possible even at nights. B: Your neighbor, Burhan, is a drummer so he is playing the drums and practicing loudly at nights. However, you are always tired at nights so you want to take a rest and don’t want to hear any noise. What would you say to Burhan nicely? 5. A: You are Burhan. You like talking about the events and people. Whenever you see one of your neighbors, you want to chat with him/her about your or other people’s daily life. B: Your neighbor, Burhan, is a terrible gossip. Whenever he sees you in the hall of the apartment, he keeps you busy by gossiping about the other neighbors, which really bothers you. You don’t want to
gossip or listen to his gossiping anymore. What would you say to him politely?