Lesson Plan of Expressions in Conversation

Lesson Plan of Expressions in Conversation-1

English Grade IV

Students’ Learning Outcomes

Use appropriate expressions in conversation to:
§  Seek permission to do something.
§  Respond to instructions and directions.

Information for Teachers

·         Examples of such situations include asking for permission or have to enter class, to take/borrow things from others, to enter someone’s house, to visit different places, to ask something, to do something for someone, etc.
(Could, Would, Might and may are formal and polite words to ask for permission, e.g.)
1.       Could I please use your phone?
2.       Would you mind if I use your phone?
3.       May I use your phone?
·         While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also use textbook where required.

Material / Resources

Chalks/markers, board, duster, chart papers

Worm up activity

·         Draw a circle in the middle on the board with the question and ask the students to tell you all the situations where they should seek permission.
·         Write students’ answers around the circle in short phrases.
·         After this have a short class discussion on the following question:
(Why should we ask for permission?




Activity 1

·         Write the following dialogue on the board/chart and ask the students to read and tell what they understand.
·         Discuss the meaning with the students.
·         Divide the class into pairs and ask the students to perform the dialogue by changing persons, objects and situations.
·         Monitor and help the students.
Sabeen: May I take your English notebook home today, if you don’t mind? I was absent yesterday and I missed some work.
Kiran: oh yes, of course, but only promise to return it to me by tomorrow because I have a test next week. My mother also gives me tests daily.
Sabeen: please don’t worry. I will give it back to you by tomorrow and I promise, I will use it with care.
Kiran: you can have it then.
Sabeen: thanks a lot!
Amina: please ammi, can I use the computer?
Mother: no dear, you can’t. it’s time to go bed.
Amina: ok, but may I read a story before I go to sleep?
Mother: Sure! But try to sleep early,
Amina: thanks a lot, mother.
·         Copy the following table on the board or on a chart.
·         Help the students understand and practice the sentences in pairs and with the whole class.
·         Encourage making combinations from different columns using different words.
·         Ask the students to write a dialogue of two sentences. In one sentence, ask permission, in the other sentence, give permission or refuse it.
Asking permissions
Giving permissions
Refusing permissions
Can I ask you a question, please?
Can we go home now?
May I have a piece of cake?
Could I get you to turn off the lights?
Do you mind if I eat here?
Would you mind if I ask you something?
Is it okay if I sit here?
Would it be all right if I borrow your bicycle?
Will you allow me to……?
Would you mind……?
Do you mind if…..?
Do you mind if I turn on the fan.
Can I go out, please?
May I open the window, please?
Please, can I have a look at your photo album?
Yes, please, Go ahead.
No problem.
You can go home now if you like
You can borrow my pen if you like.
No, I don’t mind, go ahead.
Sure, no problem.
No problem at all.
Yes, please do.
Sure, go head
No problem.
Please feel free.
No, please don’t.
Sorry, I don’t like that.
No, please.
I’m sorry, that’s not possible.
I’m afraid, but you can’t.

Activity 3

·         Ask the students to work in pairs and give directions to different places shown in the map.
·         Discuss the instructions on the map with the class before pair work begins.
Give and follow different directions using the map in pairs. Follow the steps:
Step1: tell/ask “where to go?” for example, school, zoo, supermarket, etc.
Step2: Tell/ask “what to do after you have followed the last    instruction”. For example, turn left/right, go straight, etc.
Use these to give direction:
Go straight,  turn right,    turn left, cross, behind, on your right, on your left, beside, next to, go to, across from, in front of
Use these questions:
Could you tell me how to get to the library/zoo/school….?
How do I find supermarket/college….?
Pardon me, I’m lost, how do I get to the shoe shop/chemist……?
Could you direct me to park/zoo/…..?
Which is the best route to the running track/garage/…?

Activity 4

“Listen and Draw”
·         Instructions: Call a student to draw a Monster by following his/her class fellows’ instructions.
·         Let the class think of scary things also for instructions, e.g. draw a long tongue coming out of its mouth; draw two big feet with sharp nails, etc.

Sum up / Conclusion

·         Ask the students to share the new expressions they learns for different situations.
·         Ask the students to give you instructions to reach the school canteen.


·         Give different situations to the students and ask them to express themselves with gestures.

Follow up

·         Ask the students to bring different instructions in the form of wrappers, books, boxes, etc. and show them on a chart paper in the class. (use it for improving reading skills later)
·         Ask the students to perform different roles like teacher, principal, doctor, postman, etc. and give instructions/directions according to their roles.
·         Instruct the students to pretend to be on a cooking show, teaching the audience to cook something. The recipe doesn’t have to be correct. It just has to have a few steps in order.

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