A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
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How was your week?/ Did you have a good week?/ Been busy? – friends or colleagues
What (exactly) do you do?/ Who do you work for?/ What does your company do? –
strangers and acquaintances
Could I ask your name? – strangers (with acquaintances it would need to be something
like “I don’t think we’ve ever been properly introduced”)
Sorry, what was your name again? – strangers or acquaintances
Terrible weather, isn’t it? – anyone, but maybe not young people with their friends
How’s your family/ girlfriend/ boyfriend? – friends, and colleagues and business
contacts you know well - but only if they have mentioned such people before
How’s your love life? - friends
Do you have any plans for the weekend? – colleagues, friends and business contacts
you know fairly well
Do you come here often? – no one (it sounds like a chat up line)
How long have you been coming here? - acquaintances
May I introduce myself? ... - strangers
What are you working on/ studying at the moment? – colleagues and business contacts
Did you get much done this week? – friends, and colleagues and business contacts
you know well
Did you see/ hear about…? - anyone
Did you have any trouble getting here? – anyone who visits your office or home
Is it going to rain/ snow (do you think)?/ Did you hear the weather forecast (for today/
tonight/ this weekend)? – anyone, but probably not as a conversation starter
Are you married?/ Do you have any children? – no one (although you can mention your
own children and marital status if you like)
Is there anywhere good to eat around here? – only people you know well (otherwise it
could sound like a chat up line), or business contacts when you visit their office
Do you mind if I ask how old you are? – no one
How are you (today)? – only people you know (although “How are you?” can be used as
a very informal alternative to “Nice to meet you”)
How are you feeling? – only people you know well
Meeting people for the first time
Meeting people again
Nice to meet you
How do you do?
Pleased to meet you.
It was nice to meet you.
Are you new here?
May I introduce myself?
We haven’t met, have we?
I don’t think we’ve been introduced.
Do you mind if I sit here?
Is this seat free?
I’ve heard so much about you.
Thanks for inviting me to…
Long time no see.
Good to see you again.
I almost didn’t recognise you.
Have you changed your hair?
You haven’t changed at all.
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011