Lesson Plan of Be Polite /Magic Words
Students` Learning Outcomes
- Use appropriate, common phrases and formulaic expressions in the class and in the playground.
- Fill in speech bubbles with given appropriate words and formulaic expressions.
- Express and offer a few basic social courtesies.
- Exchange few social courtesies.
- Express needs.
- Seek permission to do something.
Information for Teachers
- It is extremely important that you model the courtesies that you are teaching to the students: remember to;
- Say thank you.
- Excuse me.
- I am sorry.
- You are welcome.
- Look for opportunities to use these as often as you can.
Overall Method for Oral Communication Activities
- As you practice conversation, also demonstrate use of appropriate body language for different communicative functions.
- Tell them that while talking, people talk on their turn and don`t speak while the other person is speaking: they wait for their turn.
- Tell them: it`s polite to answer if somebody is asking some questions or wants to talk.
- While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult textbook at all steps where and when applicable.
Material / Resources
Writing board, chalk/marker, duster, a toy
- Tell students that there are some words we say that make our actions and words more polite and beautiful. ‘Thank you’ is one such magic word.
- Brainstorm, asking them if they know of any other magic word such as;
- Thank you
- You are welcome.
- Excuse me, etc.
- Prepare one student to do a mime with you.
- You will give her/him a toy and she/he will smile.
- Ask the class what she/he should say after receiving a present.
- If they don`t know, tell them to say ‘Thank you’ and then you say ‘you are welcome’.
- Pass the toy around the class, asking each child who receives it will say ‘Thank you’, and the giver should say ‘You are welcome’.
- All the students will do this activity.
- .now ask one student to bump into another student and then ask the class what she/he should say (Sorry).
- Ask the class to practice by repeating the word after putting a book on their friend`s desk by mistake.
- Ask them to tell some other situations where two word can be used.
- Invite two students in front of the class.
- Start talking with one student, while the other students will wait to say something to you.
- Ask class what qword he/she should use to interrupt.
- After taking their feedback tell them where they should use the magic word “Excuse me”
- Ask them to tell some other situations where this word can be used.
- Ask them if we want to make a request what word do we use / say.
- After taking their feedback, tell them that “please” is a polite word or magic word, we can use this word in different situations, such as;
Repetition of Activities 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Model the use of these words.
- Remind students to use them so it becomes a habit.
- Remind them that these expressions are not just for the classroom but also for the playground and even to be used at home.
- Announce a ‘Please Day’ or a ‘Thank you Day’, when they have to be super-careful in using the words.
- Ask them to count how many times they said and heard the word on that day.
- Don`t forget to praise them for using the magic words.
- Bring speech bubbles in class.
- Take these speech bubbles from newspapers or magazines. Also use the textbook for this routine.
- Ask the students to observe formulaic expressions in speech bubbles and cartoon strips.(These formulaic expressions can also be taken from the textbook.)
- You can take comic strips from newspapers and magazines or make you own comic strips. (Sample of comic strips is given at the end of the lesson plan for reference).
- Provide blank speech bubbles and cartoon strips of a particular situation. Such as;
- The situation of expressing needs and feelings.
- Ask volunteer students to show the strip to the class and read his/her speech bubbles/cartoon strips.
- You can give a worksheet or a situation to each pair with different cartoons and ask students to write short dialogues.
Sum up / Conclusion
- Ask the students:
- What are different polite words that we should use in everyday life?
- When do we use “Excuse me” & “Please”?
- No formal assessment is required for this lesson plan.
- Assess the students while they are practicing the activities.
- Continue to model the use of the development activity.
- Remind students to use these words at home and to share in class how people reacted when they used these words.