Conversation Class
Lesson Plan


Date: 09/03/2009

Class theme/topics discussed:
Introductions use of “Tu” and “Usted”.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Even though this was the second lesson, the best thing was to start with a game about them so that they would feel more comfortable to talk to each other. For the second part of the class I decided to focus on the use of formal and informal speech.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I made a little introduction and presented the game we were going to play.
Game: They needed to stand up and look among their partners and me for somebody who had done some of the things listed in the grid. They needed to ask questions and be able to answer them as well.
After that I made clear how they had been using the informal way and we talked about the situations in which one should use formal speech. Then I paired them and gave them the role plays they were going to perform and 5 minutes to think about what they were going to say.

How did students react?
They really liked both games. They were really happy not being just sit and everybody loved asking questions to the other. They also liked the second game because they had to make up stories to try and convinced the other person. They knew how to use the formal and the informal way, but they way of solving out the problems was the funniest thing of all.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, a lot. In the first game everybody talked to everybody and in the second the pairs worked really good.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Please attach a copy.
See next page.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, definitively.

Why or why not?
It was a very funny game that they liked. They also learnt each other names. The second game was also funny and even though they knew how to use formal and informal speech, it was very funny to listen to their stories, and they laughed a lot.

2nd Class INT

2nd Class IB


Estudiante A: Tienes 60 años, eres fumador convencido y empiezas a tener problemas serios de garganta, pero no crees que se deba al tabaco.

Estudiante B: Tienes 30 años y eres médico. Sabes que la garganta de A empeorará si sigue fumando.

B y A no se conocen. Se presentan. A continuación B debe explicar a A por qué el tabaco es malo para su salud y convencerlo de que debe dejar de fumar.

Estudiante A: tienes 18 años y eres estudiante universitario. Necesitas hablar con tu profesor para justificar una futura ausencia.

Estudiante B: Tienes 27 años y eres profesor universitario. Eres una persona muy estricta y formal.

B no recuerda el nombre de A. Se presentan. A debe negociar con B para intentar que éste no le tenga en cuenta la ausencia de clase.


Estudiante A: Tienes 20 años y trabajas en una tienda los fines de semana, pero este sábado no puedes trabajar porque tienes un compromiso personal.

Estudiante B: Tienes 25 años y trabajas en la misma tienda de lunes a viernes. Tienes un viaje reservado para este fin de semana.

A y B se conocen. Se saludan al comenzar el día. A debe convencer a B de que necesita su ayuda para cubrir su puesto el sábado.

Estudiante A: tienes 40 años y eres abogada/o. Necesitas la ayuda de tu secretaria/o para ayudarte a gestionar unos papeles. La gestión llevará una hora.

Estudiante B: Tienes 50 años y trabajas para A. Dentro de 5 minutos termina tu jornada de trabajo.

A y B se saludan. A debe intentar que B le ayude. B no esta contento con el incumplimiento de su horario.

Estudiante A: tienes 18 años y estudias la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Estudiante B: tienes 88 años, serviste en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y nunca hablas del tema.

A no conoce a B. Se presenta y trata de averiguar la experiencia personal de B en la guerra. Al anciano B no le gusta hablar del tema.

A y B son amigos, y tienen la misma edad. Hace un mes que no se ven. Se saludan. A pide ayuda a B para ayudarle con sus deberes. B tiene prisa. A intenta convencer a B.