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Conversation 2: One is not true

Level: False beginner and Up Time: 15-25 minutes
Skill: Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing

Function: First person simple present, Infinitive To- Complements, Gerund Complements
Vocabulary Words: to enjoy, to like, horror, can + verb
Materials Required: None
Preparation: None

Activity
1. Write down the fragments, “ I enjoy,” “ I like,” and “I can,” on the board

2. Add the phrases “…to play tennis,” “…watching movies,” and “dance very well,” under the written fragments. Ask students which fragments can be correctly added to the phrases. The answers are: ‘I enjoy watching movies.’ ‘I like to play tennis,’ or ‘I like playing tennis.’ ‘I can dance very well.’ Note: Although I like to have students discover the grammar as they develop their own rules, some teachers prefer to give explicit grammar instruction during this time.

3. Write down three statements one the board about yourself. Two of the statements should be true, but one should be false. Pretend that all of the statements are true. Here is an example: A. I like to play chess. B. I can play the piano. *C. I enjoy watching horror movies. (*Not True)

4. Students are prompted to ask a follow up question for each statement, e.g., “How often do you play chess?” “What kind of music can you play?” “What are some of your favorite horror movies?” Answer the questions as if all of the statements are true. Some acting is required!

5. After the questions have been answered, inform the classroom that one statement is not true. Students guess the untrue statement, and give a reason for their decision.

6. Tell students the untrue statement. Now explain that they will practice doing the same thing for their classmates to learn more about them. Prompt them to write down the beginning phrases: ‘I like…’, ‘I can…’ and ‘I enjoy…’ Students will use the prompt to write down two true sentences, and one false sentence about themselves. Note: It’s important for students to not reveal their sentences to their classmates at this time.

7. Students will form groups of three to six, and tell their statements. Students will ask a question for more information. The student that correctly guesses the false statements gets a point, while the speaker receives points for every incorrect guess.

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