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Conversation 3: Sleep!

Level: Mid-Intermediate and Up Time: 20-40 minutes
Skill: Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing
Function: Review Frequency Adverbs, Note taking
Vocabulary Words: Twenty-two words and phrases are included below
Materials Required: Photocopy
Preparation: Students should be familiar with note taking before doing this activity.

1. Students are to look over the vocabulary list, and check any words or phrases they do not understand. The teacher should give examples of the words in the context of sentences. Students should write down the definition in note form.

2. Students are then put pairs or groups of 3. If students are in threes, they will ask each other the questions in round-robin fashion.

3. Students do steps two and three of their handout. Circulate throughout the class for additional help.

4. If there is enough time, ask each student for a partner’s answer that was interesting or surprising to them.

Note: This activity was developed after years of hearing students complain how sleepy they were!


English Conversation-III: Sleep (photocopy)

I. Vocabulary Words: insomnia/insomniac, morning person, fetal position, lullaby, nightmare, night owl, sleep deprivation, tuck in, oversleep, religiously, tranquilizer, snore, to get by with, to function on, nocturnal, diurnal, drift off, nod off, deep sleeper, light sleeper, recurring
student Notes:

II. Frequency Adverb Review:
Get information from your partner. Use frequency adverbs to complete their sentences.
1. I ________________ get up early.
2. I_________________ snore.
3. I _____________ use sleeping aids.
4. I ______________ walk or talk in my sleep.
5. I_______________ like to fall asleep in front of the T.V.

III. Directions:
Ask a partner these questions. Write the answers down in note form.

1. How many hours do you usually sleep every night?

2. What time do you usually go to sleep? What time do you wake up?

3. How many hours of sleep do you require each day?

4. Do you get enough sleep? Why or why not?

5. How often do you have insomnia? What advice do you have for someone who does?

6. What are some unusual things that people do in their sleep?

7. How fast do you wake up in the morning? Do you need to use an alarm to wake up?

8. Why do you think we dream? Do they serve any practical purpose?

9. What kinds of dreams do you usually have? Can you usually remember them?

10. Do you ever have nightmares?

11. Are you a light or a heavy sleeper?

12. Do you have any recurring dreams?

13. Is there a traditional sleeping aid in your country?

14. If you have not had enough sleep, what do you do to get by?


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