Speaking for Beginners: Leaving/Taking a Messgage on the Telephone

Leaving/Taking a Message on the Telephone

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Information you will need:

  • Your name.
  • Who you want to speak to.
  • The reason for your call.
  • Your phone number.

 

SCRIPT:

Hello, this is _____________________ . This message is for ________________________. I’m calling about ____________________________________________________________. You can reach me anytime at _________________________________________________. Thank you!

Taking a Message on the Telephone

Information you will have to collect:

  • Caller’s name.
  • The reason for their call.
  • Caller’s phone number.
  • Where the caller can be reached.
  • When the caller can be reached.
Caller’s Name 1)
2)
3)
Reason for the call 1)
2)
3)
Caller’s Phone Number 1)
2)
3)
Where the caller can be reached 1)
2)
3)
When the caller can be reached 1)
2)
3)

 

Tip: Use real phones! Have the student acting as the caller leave the room and make the call from another room. Put them on speaker, and have the rest of the students take down the information needed.

Beginner Grammar: Personality Adjectives

What are you like?

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“What are you like?”  means: What is your personality? Use the adjectives in the box to complete the sentences.

When I was a kid, I was…

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When I was a teenager, I was…

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Now I am…

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I think my partner is…

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Common Adjectives for Describing People

talkative

shy

funny

quiet

loud

athletic

critical

self-centered

adventurous

romantic

lazy

intelligent

outgoing

hardworking

rude

stuck-up

mean

curious

respectful

serious

inconsiderate

selfish

trustworthy

sincere

sensitive

supportive

thoughtful

practical

generous

courageous

organized

compassionate

diplomatic

friendly

easygoing

daring

sensible

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Intermediate Conversation: Culture Differences

Culture Differences

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Instructions:

  1. List 3 things you like and 3 things you dislike about your home country.
  2. List 3 things that are unacceptable in your country, but are acceptable in Canada.
  3. T guides the conversation about #1 and #2.
  4. Give a copy of the chart below to each student.
  5. Rate the behaviours as:
  • 1 – completely acceptable
  • 2 – sometimes acceptable
  • 3 – usually unacceptable
  • 4 – completely unacceptable

 

Behaviour 1 2 3 4
Eating with your fingers
PDA (public display of affection)
Wearing shorts in public
Giving a kiss on the cheek when you meet someone new
Having dinner at 10pm
Accepting a gift when you have nothing to give in return
Wearing shoes inside the house
Joking around with your boss
Remaining seated on a crowded subway/bus while an elderly person stands
Not leaving a tip at a restaurant
Drinking wine with dinner every day
Shaking hands when you meet someone new
Staying out at the club/bar until early morning

Tip: Have your students add 3 common behaviours from their country to the chart and ask their classmates how they feel about that particular behaviour!

Intermediate Conversation: TRUE/FALSE About Yourself

True/False About Yourself

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Instructions:

  1. T reads each statement out loud.
  2. Have the students guess if the statement is true or false for their fellow classmates.
  3. Once everyone has made a guess, have each student tell the truth.
  4. *You can make a competitive game out of this and keep score! Who knows their fellow classmates the best?

True/False statements:

  1. I don’t know how to swim.
  2. I sleep with a night-light.
  3. I hate using public washrooms.
  4. I hate paying tips at restaurants.
  5. I ignore stop signs while driving.
  6. I shower every day.
  7. I have a short temper.
  8. I’m scared of heights.
  9. I feel confident when I speak English.
  10. I have gone to the movies by myself.
  11. I have considered getting plastic surgery.
  12. I have never gone trick or treating.
  13. I have failed a class.
  14. I have cheated on an exam.
  15. I have never broken a bone.
  16. I have eaten an entire pizza by myself.
  17. I have been hit by a car.
  18. I have witnessed a crime.
  19. I have had surgery.
  20. I sometimes admire myself in the mirror.
  21. I believe in love at first sight.
  22. I have made someone cry.
  23. I have stolen someone’s girlfriend/boyfriend.
  24. I have stolen something.
  25. I was a really good student in high school.
  26. I have cried in public.
  27. I am sometimes lazy.
  28. I talk to myself.
  29. I prefer books to movies.
  30. I believe that aliens exist.
  31. People think I’m quiet, but I’m not.
  32. If I had the chance, I would start my life again.
  33. If I had the chance to re-live my life, I would do some things differently.
  34. I study English every day, even on weekends.
  35. I dream of traveling.
  36. I want to get married soon.
  37. I believe in ghosts.
  38. I’m superstitious.
  39. I once tried online dating.
  40. I would like to be a kid again.
  41. I think I’m good-looking.
  42. I think personality is more important than looks.
  43. I used to be a party animal.
  44. I’m a party pooper.
  45. I often criticize other people.
  46. I have no regrets.
  47. I have many bad habits.
  48. I try to fix my bad habits.
  49. I’m a dog person.
  50. I sometimes pig out on junk food.
  51. I’m too chicken to try new things.
  52. I’m a cheapskate.
  53. I love spending money, even when I don’t have to.
  54. I gamble.
  55. I have revealed a friend’s secret.
  56. I have a guilty pleasure.
  57. I like to gossip about people.
  58. I have been reckless.
  59. I’m stressed out.
  60. I get angry easily.

Tip: You can use ONE particular grammar point for all the true/false sentences ie “I have/I have never” or “I was” or “I used to” or “I am”. You can adapt this game to any grammar point/level you need.