Speaking Cycle 10: Special occasions


1. Activating

· What different personal occasions do people typically celebrate during their life?

· What different ways do people typically mark these occasions?

2. Sharing

· Think about some of the personal occasions you have celebrated.

· Work in groups of three. Tell your group what you did to celebrate these occasions. As you listen to your partners, decide if you have ever celebrated personal occasions in similar ways.

3. Preparing

· Choose one experience of one member of your group. One of you is going to tell the rest of the class about this experience (it doesn’t matter if the person who speaks is the person who had the experience or if they talk about the experience of someone else in their group).

· Spend 15 minutes, as a group, preparing what the speaker is going to say. Think about a) information, such as what the occasion was; when and where it took place; who the person celebrated with; what the person did to celebrate the occasion; and why the celebration was particularly memorable; and b) the organisation and structure of what the speaker will say.

4. Performing

· The speaker from each group talks to the rest of the class.

· As you are listening to other speakers, try to answer the following questions:

a) What was the reason for the celebration?

b) When and where did the celebration take place?

c) What form did the celebration take?

d) What was particularly special or memorable about the celebration?

e) Have you ever celebrated a personal occasion in the same way?

5. Reporting

· When you have heard the speaker from each group, compare your answers to the questions with the other members of your group.

· As a group, decide which of the people you have heard about, in your opinion, enjoys celebrating personal occasions the most.


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