Friday, 10 April 2009

Speaking Cycle 3: If I Were You....

1. Activating

· What different kinds of people might give advice to others?

· What reasons might people have for giving advice?

2. Sharing

· Think of some examples of advice you have been given.

· Work in groups of three. Tell your group about some advice you‘ve been given during your life. As you listen to your partners, decide whether you’ve ever received similar advice.

3. Preparing

· Choose one example of advice which one member of your group has been given. One of you is going to tell the rest of the class about this experience (it doesn't matter if the person who speaks is the person who was given the advice or if they talk about the experience of someone else in their group).

· Spend 15 minutes, as a group, preparing what the speaker is going to say. Think about a) information, such as who gave the advice; when and in what situation the advice was given; why the advice was given; and how the advice was received (i.e. was it acted upon?); and b) the organisation and structure of what the speaker will say.

4. Performing

· The speaker from each group talks to the rest of the class.

· As you are listening to other speakers, try to answer the following questions

a) Who gave the advice?

b) Why was the advice given?

c) Was the advice taken?

d) Does the person who was given the advice now feel it was good advice?

e) Would you have followed the advice if you had been in the same situation?

5. Reporting

· When you have heard the speaker from each group, check your answers to the questions with the other members of your group.

· As a group, decide which of the people you have heard about is, in your opinion, most receptive to advice from other people.

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