Essential English 06 Please & Thank You
This new series is for total beginners or “almost beginners”.
- Podcasts less than 8 min
- Complementary oral practice for an English course
- To use with mobile devices and headphones
- Class work
- Downloadable free of charge from iTunes
- Oral exercises like linguistic gymnastics
- For warm ups
- To master vocabulary and structures
- Scripts are available on each separate page or in a single file for mobile devices
- ZiP file for teachers to open with 7-zip software free at 7-zip.org
Essential English 06 "Please & Thank You"
Tips for teachers
- First the students learn the expressions "please" and "thank you". It is always best to give new words in the students’ native tongue to avoid any misunderstandings.
- In pair work they practice "please" with the different verbs they know already help, show, guide and explain to me/you, testing each other. One student says a verb, and the other asks the question, "Please can you help/show/guide/explain to me?"
- Next they do a question and answer practice with one student saying, "Please can you help, show, guide or explain to me?" and the other answering "Yes, I can help, show, guide or explain to you".
- They walk around using this question and this answer with their different classmates.
- Then you remind them that they have already said what they can do well, e.g. "I can sing", "I can dance", "I can make cakes", etc.
- They practice using "Please can you help me to… sing / dance / make cakes?" or whatever they are good at. And the partner should reply, "Yes, I can help you to… sing / dance / make cakes", etc.
- The last routine is for each student to say, "Yes, I can help you to…" and hear a partner say, "Thank you for helping me to… sing / dance / make cakes", etc.
- Finally, if you think the students are ready for it exceptionally you have them speak in pairs in front of the group giving the four lines,
- "Please can you help me to…?"
- "Yes, I can help you to…
- "Thank you for helping me to…
- "You are welcome."
- This is an opportunity to introduce "You are welcome."
- Be sure to give them time to practice in pairs before they perform in front of the class/group.
- Remember to have the students speak to each other with each pair communicating at the same time as the others and not just to you, the teacher, one at a time. The only exception should be the performance at the end, which should bring laughter.
- You can even have the others applaud each performance.
- Extra tip: be sure the students switch pairs very often until everyone has worked with everyone else several times.
Script in PDF