Buying thinking time – a lesson plan

Posted: October 11, 2016 in Lesson plans, Lessons and activities
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temporal-distance-917364_960_720When faced with a difficult question, especially in a stressful situation like a job interview or a product presentation, some learners of English tend to fall silent and fail to let the other person know that they’re thinking.This might be especially problematic if the conversation takes place over the phone or Skype, i.e. when the person they’re talking to can’t see them and doesn’t know how to interpret their silence. Here’s a short lesson that I designed to help my learners deal with this problem.

Lesson Overview
Level: B1 – B2
Learner type: Business English or General English/Teens.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Target expressions:
Target language.PNGMaterials: a Microsoft Word worksheet (you can download a .pdf file from Slideshare below):

  1. Adi Rajan says:

    A critical need that you’ve turned into a pithy lesson! Bravo! I can’t wait to try this one out.

    • olyasergeeva says:

      Hey Adi!
      Did you happen to try it? If you’ve got any suggestions about how to improve or adapt this material, I’d love to find out.

  2. Russie says:

    a wonderful lesson plan. Thank you

  3. This looks awesome, and I know just the person to try it with!

  4. annazernova says:

    Thank you, Olya! I’m definitely about to use it with my ss 🙂

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