A A PRACTICAL ENGLISHA A PRACTICAL ENGLISHChatting and small talk Lesson code: N16G-UCMB-8JT7-Q UPPER INTERMEDIATE +1Warm-upTalk to your partner for five minutes about what you did last weekend. 2IdiomsMatch the following idiomatic expressions to their correct meaning and invent a sentence with eachidiom:1. Two months after Tom left her, Janet married another man on the rebound.2. I don’t want everyone to know about this, so please keep it to yourself.3.
I don’t mind lending him money from time to time, but this is getting beyond a joke!4. My flatmate is really driving me up the wall! He never does any cleaning.5. I have my final exam tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me!a. do not tell other people about this secretb. making me very angryc. starting a romantic relationship with somebody new while recovering from a previous relationship break-upd.
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starting to become annoyinge. wish me good luck 3Social expressions Now listen to 5 dialogues and match them to each of the situations below.a.Tell someone a secret.b.
Start a trivial conversation.c.Gossip about someone or something.d.Give someone a compliment.e.
Moan about something. You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex 1/4Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory.c Linguahouse.comPHOTOCOPIABLE lingua houseInnovation in LearningTM lingua houseInnovation in LearningTMChatting and small talkA A A A PRACTICAL ENGLISHChatting and small talk A A A A PRACTICAL ENGLISHLook at the following words and expressions from the dialogues. Match them to their functions:1. Please keep this to yourself.
a. asking someone not to tell others something you have said2. Apparently, .. b. introducing something surprising or interesting3. You have my word. c.
introducing something you have been told (although you arenot certain it’s true)4. Why don’t you ..
? d. making a promise to somebody5. Guess what? e. making a suggestion6. That’s very kind of you. f.
replying to a compliment7. Nice weather today, isn’t it? g. responding to a suggestion which you think is ridiculous8.
You must be joking. h. starting a conversationNow complete the dialogues with the expressions above:Mark: Hey, Emma, 1I have some very interesting news about Maria.
Emma: What?Mark: 2she has a new boyfriend.Emma: Really? But hasn’t she just split up with Nick?Mark: I think she must be on the rebound.Mark: Hey Emma, We’re going to organise a party for Tom’s birthday.Emma: Great!Mark: Yes, but 3. It’s a surprise party and we wouldn’t want him to find out.Emma: I won’t tell a soul.
4.Simon: Hi Alice, sorry I’m late. I was stuck in traffic again for almost half an hour this time.
It’s gettingbeyond a joke.Alice: 5take the underground?Simon: 6! The tube really drives me up the wall. It’s so overcrowded these days.Simon: Your hair looks really nice today.Alice: Thank you. 7.Simon: Would you like to go out for a coffee this weekend?Mark: 8?Emma: Yes.
Lovely. I hope it stays like this for the rest of the weekend.Mark: Keep your fingers crossed! You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex 2/4Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory.c Linguahouse.comPHOTOCOPIABLE lingua houseInnovation in LearningTM lingua houseInnovation in LearningTMChatting and small talkA A A A PRACTICAL ENGLISHChatting and small talk A A A A PRACTICAL ENGLISH4Grammar – Question tagsRead the following information on using question tags:When we invite someone to agree with us, for example to emphasize a statement or start a conversation,we can add question tag to a statement, e.
g. Nice weather today, isn’t it?Question tags can also be used to ask real questions, for example when you want to make a suggestion,ask for something or check that your information is correct, e.g.
Let’s go out for a drink, shall we?You’re coming to the party tonight, aren’t you?You don’t know where Anne is, do you?Listen and notice the difference in intonation:Inviting agreement: Lovely day, isn’t it?Checking/asking for things or information: It’s time to go home, isn’t it?Inviting agreement: Tom isn’t coming, is he?Checking/asking for things or information: You don’t have a dictionary I could borrow, do you?Question tags are formed with anauxiliary verb(have ,was ,will ,shall etc.), do/does for thepresentsimple , anddidforpast simple .Complete the following rules by crossing out the incorrect alternative:We normally use a positive/negative question tag after a positive sentence and a positive/negative questiontag after a negative sentence. 5Grammar practice Now complete the following sentences with question tags. Read your answers aloud and listen tocheck.1.
Excuse me, you don’t have the time on you, ? / Yes, it’s 3 o’clock.2.She’s a very pretty woman, ? / Yes, she’s gorgeous.
3.Let’s go to the cinema, ? / Sure. Good idea.4.He didn’t come in to work today, ? / Yes, I know. And it’s not the first time!5.Paula won’t pass her exams, ? / Probably not.
She’s hardly studied at all.6.I saw Martin yesterday in the pub. / But he’s supposed to be on holiday, ?7.It was a great match yesterday, ? / Yeah, fantastic result for England.8.
Marta’s been absent quite a lot recently, ? / Yeah, she probably has the flu again.9.Excuse me, you don’t have a dictionary I could borrow, ? / Yes, I do. Here you are.10.He was very cheerful this morning, ? / Yes, I know. He probably had a good weekend.You can review this worksheet online at www.
linguahouse.com/ex 3/4Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory.c Linguahouse.comPHOTOCOPIABLE lingua houseInnovation in LearningTM lingua houseInnovation in LearningTMChatting and small talkA A A A PRACTICAL ENGLISHChatting and small talk A A A A PRACTICAL ENGLISH6Role playIn pairs, write mini-dialogues for three of the following situations using language from this lesson.
Actout the dialogues when they are ready:1.There has been a scandal involving the president of your country. Gossip about it.2.You are waiting to board a plane at an airport. The flight has already been delayed by two hours.
You decide to start a conversation with the person sitting next to you in the departure lounge.3.You see your friend for the first time in a month. He/she has a new look. Give him/her a compliment.4.You are going to move to another town and you decide to tell your best friend, but you want him/her to keep it a secret for now.
5.You want to know the time and you decide to ask a stranger on the street.6.You are discussing with a friend where to go out for the evening. Your friend suggests the most expensive restaurant in town.
7.You are going shopping with a friend. It is late and you think that the shopping centre closes at 9pm, but you are not sure. You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex 4/4Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory.c Linguahouse.comPHOTOCOPIABLE lingua houseInnovation in LearningTM lingua houseInnovation in LearningTM