A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
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Lesson Plan Text
One of you tells the other person off (= criticises the other person) for doing the exact
opposite of what you asked them to do. Possible situations:
Making a prototype of a product
Rearranging, designing or decorating a room or house
Organising a conference or trade show
Organising the schedule of a visitor from abroad
Organising your time/ Trying to be efficient
You remember an experience or conversation that you both took part in in opposite ways,
e.g. one of you remembers you both deciding to eat something light but the other
remembers you both wanting something filling. Possible topics:
A holiday (= a vacation)
A festival or celebration
When you first met
Your last lesson
A meal/ A restaurant
Take turns saying one thing about a disappointing experience you had where everything
was the opposite of what you expected, trying to outdo your partner in how bad the
experience sounds. You must both talk about the same kind of experience. Possible
situations to talk about:
Relationships/ people (family members, bosses, romantic partners, etc)
Jobs (including workmates, workplace, etc)
You want to book or buy something together but have completely opposite ideas on what
kind of thing is most suitable. Disagree completely with everything your partner says, then
try to negotiate a compromise if you can. Possible topics:
A holiday/ A hotel
A house, or furniture for it
One of you is a customer/ guest/ passenger/ student complaining about something not be-
ing what was promised and/ or what was suitable. The person receiving the complaint po-
litely rejects all the claims, saying that it is isn’t that way, that no one said it would be that
way, or it doesn’t need to be or shouldn’t be that way. You can roleplay the exchange face
to face, on the phone or by email (not writing, just saying what you would write).
Take turns boasting about your own possessions, romantic partner, children, job, skills, etc
and saying bad things about your partner’s.
Talk about romantic matches for someone (imaginary), talking about things like
compatibility (“opposites attract” or not, etc) and previous failed relationships.
As a class, choose one of the situations/ topics above and brainstorm possible opposites.
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017