viernes, 16 de mayo de 2014

Functional language - food

I developed this task for basic students to work on functional language when eating at a place. In this video from the movie The Hobbit, Bilbo receives some unexpected visitors and struggles to be a good host. Througout the task ss will work on vocabulary, be exposed to authentic english, understand a movie scene and apply all this content in a productive way. I took the clip from enjoy the bits.   

Warm up: Look at the picture. How does Bilbo feel? What food makes you feel that way?

Activity 1: Watch the scene (up to minute 3:17) and tick all the food you see











Mashed potatoes




Red pepper






Activity 2: Watch again: Who says each line? Bilbo or a dwarf? Write B for Bilbo and D for dwarf.

__ Very good this. Any more?
__ Help yourself.
__ It’s just that I wasn’t expecting company.
__ That would be the door.
__ I don’t know. It’s supposed to be cheese. It’s gone blue.
__ Excuse me that’s my chicken.
__ My wine excuse me.
__ Put those back. Put that back.
__ Not the jam please.
__ Have you got a cheese knife?
__ Mr. Gandalf. A little glass of red wine as requested.
__ How wants an ale? Here you go. 

Activity 3: How would you describe the dwarves' behavior? How does Bilbo feel?

Activity 4: The dwarves use some expressions that might be considered impolite and some which are very correct, can you classify them? Then complete the chart with the expressions below.

Can I get you any drinks?
Bon appetit
Would you like a starter?
Enjoy your meal
Would you like to taste the wine?
Could we have another…?

To offer food or cutlery
To serve food
To ask for food
Have you got any cheese knife?
Who wants an ale?
Help yourself.
A little glass of wine as requested.

Any more?

Closure: Role playing.

Student A: You wanted to relax this weekend but you are having people (family members, your in laws) for dinner at your house. Try to be a nice host but at the same time make sure that their stay is as short as possible. Use the expressions from the previous exercise to build the conversation.

Student B: You are going to have dinner in your relatives' house. You are very enthusiastic because you haven't seen him/ her in a while and you know he/ she is a great cook. Take advantage of the time to catch up and enjoy his cooking abilities. Use the expressions from the previous exercise to build the conversation.

An alternative could be to have them write the dialogue (or different versions of the dialogue) in a wiki or using primarypad.

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