Expressing Pleasure & Displeasure

Lesson Plan of Expressing Pleasure & Displeasure

English Grade VI

Students’ Learning Outcomes

·         Use various functions to express pleasure.

Information for Teachers

·         Oral communication: has two components: speaking & listening.
·         Students have to be made aware of the importance of listening carefully and then giving a suitable and appropriate response.
·         Speakers have to also ensure that they speak clearly so that the listener can understand properly. This will help them avoid any breakdown in communication.
·         Intonation: rise and fall of voice to express different feelings and emotions and to emphasize a word or a phrase.
·         Facial expression and gestures: speakers and listeners use facial expression and gestures like smiling, frowning, clenching teeth, raising eyebrows etc. and arm movement are some of the body gestures used as well.
·         Formal and informal context: some social settings require more formal ways of communicating or expressing: e.g. with elders, teachers, strangers. However with friends and people of same age known to us we may be less formal and more at ease.
·         Punctuation practice: reinforce the use of an exclamation mark when expressing strong emotions.
·         Help the students to recall some common interjections like Ah! Oh! Etc.
·         Contractions:  in spoken English some common pronouns and verbs are spoken together by joining through contractions: e.g. I’m, that is=that’s, you are= you’re. Get students familiar with these.
·         The function of expressing pleasure can be taught and practiced through the following process:
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Material / Resources

Flash cards, chart paper, colored markers/ colored chalk, tape, textbook

Worm up activity

·         Greet the class.
·         Make an announcement of some good news. E.g. about a class trip, treat, winning a match, some holiday, etc.
·         Make sure the announcement is something relevant to the students.
·         Note their responses.
·         See if they used different ways of expressing pleasure.
Introduce the topic:
·         As if they were at home and if they heard some good news would they respond differently?
·         Ask them what body gestures or expressions tell us that a person is pleased?
(Possible answers: smiling, grinning, nodding head, jumping in excitement etc.


Activity 1

·         Listen to the following dialogue and observe how they are expressing pleasure:
1.       Ask the students to listen to a dialogue. Prepare this dialogue with a volunteer student or another teacher and present it in front of the class.
2.       The teacher may record this dialogue on a tape recorder and play it in front of the class. The teacher will also provide a purpose for listening to the dialogue.
3.       The teacher may say, “: listen to the dialogue and note how they express pleasure’. The teacher should explain that ‘note’ doesn’t mean that they have to write. They can just focus on the sentences which are used to express pleasure.

Dialogue 1:

Situation: Nemea and Fatima were friends at school. They met at a shop after a long time.
  N= Nemea        F= Fatima
·         F: Hello Nemea. Do you recognize me?
·         N: Farah! What a pleasant surprise! How nice to see you after so long!
·         F: yes, I’m so happy what we’ve met. You look exactly the same- as beautiful as ever.
·         N: (Laughing Really!) – Well that’s a compliment. We’ve come back to settle here.  
·         F: that’s great! So we should meet more often now.
·         N: sure! That’s wonderful! Let’s sit over there, and have some coffee.
·         F: Good idea! Let’s go.
(For teachers: the underlined words and phrases are often used to express pleasure. Explain each phrase and how it is used in response to the other phrase also explain the use of exclamation mark and other punctuation marks. Write these phrases on the board as explain them.)

Activity 2

1.       Ask the students to prepare this dialogue with appropriate intonation (rise and fall of sound) and facial expressions.
2.       Emphasize and guide in correct way of pronouncing contracted words. I’m, that’s etc.
3.       Ask the students to role-play the dialogue with appropriate expressions.
4.       In the beginning, the students may not be able to learn the whole dialogue by hear. In this case, the teacher should ask the students to have flashcards on which their respective dialogues should be written. Ask to rehearse and present dialogue in front of the class. However, they should try to perform dialogue orally without reading from anywhere.

Activity 3

Prepare a dialogue on the following situation to express displeasure:
Your favorite teacher is leaving the school.
·         Irma: do you know teacher Samira is leaving the school?
·         Sidra: oh! Very sad. She is my favorite teacher.
·         Irma: our new teacher will be here after two days.
·         Sidra: it doesn’t make me happy.
·         Irma: may she as good as teacher Samira.
·         Sidra: still it’s unbelievable that teacher Samira will not be with us after two days.

Ways of Expressing Pleasure:

·         I’m so happy!


·         Simply splendid!
·         Terrific!
·         Fantastic!
·         It’s beautiful!
·         It’s a great pleasure!
·         What a pleasant surprise!
·         Really!
·         That’s great!
·         Good idea!
·         It’s really delightful
·         I am delighted!
·         I am satisfied!

Ways of Expressing Displeasure

·         It’s sad!
·         Sad!


·         Unbelievable!
·         Shocking!
·         Very unpleasant.
·         Oh! No I never why.
·         I am dissatisfied!
·         She is extremely displeased.

Sum up / Conclusion

Conclude the lesson by asking following question

1.       What is the need of expressing pleasure?
2.       Which one newly learnt phrase would you like to use in your everyday life?


·         You are talking on result day. Different students will tell their result. Express pleasure on the result and marks they get.
·         Ask the students to sit in the form of pairs.
·         One member of the pair to tell about their result and the other will express pleasure.

Follow up

·         Students have to ask their family, neighbors or friends at home to share one piece of happy news and the students can practice newly learnt phrases to express pleasure or displeasure.
·         Ask them to share it with the class in the next class.


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