Club Profiles

AFC Bournemouth club badge
Arsenal club badge
Brighton and Hove Albion club badge
Burnley FC club badge
Chelsea club badge
Crystal Palace badge
Everton club badge
Huddersfield Town club badge
Leicester city club badge
Liverpool badge
Manchester City badge
Manchester United badge
Newcastle United club badge
Southampton FC
Stoke City badge
Swansea badge
Spurs badge
Watford Club Badge
West Ham United
Teenager raising hand in class.

Teaching Speaking - Interrupting

Teaching Speaking - Interrupting

This lesson includes lots of speaking practice for your students.The language focus is on the phrases you need to interrupt politely.

If you are a learner of English you can find lots of learning activities that will help you on the podcast page related to this lesson.

This lesson is based on the Premier Skills English podcast - Speaking Skills - Interrupting

Level

B1 / B2 (Intermediate / Upper-intermediate)

Age

Teenagers and adults

Time

40-60 mins

Procedure

Preparation

Read this plan, and familiarise yourself with the topic.

Make copies of worksheets.

Download the podcast to play on a phone/tablet (see the downloads section on the right) or listen to it at the top of this page.

1. Joke

Listen to the beginning of the podcast. Rich tells Jack a joke about a cow. Play the podcast from 0:00 to 0:41. Give out the comic strip without the text (worksheet 1) and ask learners to complete the joke.

Ask them if they think it is funny or silly or both.

2. Introduction

Tell your students that the topic of the lesson is interrupting. Write the word interrupt on the board. Draw two circles and write who and why in the middle of the circles.

Ask learners to brainstorm ideas about who they might interrupt (e.g. a teacher, someone in the street) and why they might interrupt (they are in a rush, something is very important) and why.

3. Interrupting 1 

Play the next part of the podcast - 02:00 > 05:04.

In this section, Jack interrupts Rich a lot. Ask learners to listen and ask them to tell a partner which topic Rich was talking about and why Jack was interrupting him.  

4. Language

Write on the board the following sentences.

Sorry for interrupting but why didn't you invite me to the match?

Not far from Madrid, yes. Anywayas I was saying, they're Real Madrid fans so didn't ...

Explain to learners that the first phrase in the first sentence is used to interrupt and the phrases in the second sentence are used to get back to the topic.

4. Worksheet 2

Give your listeners the worksheet. 

Play the same section again  - 02:00 > 05:04. Tell learners to look at the phrases to interrupt and phrases to return to a previous topic on the worksheet. Students listen and tick the phrases that they hear. Then ask learners to complete the phrases in the exercise.

5. Listening

Ask your learners to listen to a game about interrupting. Learners need to listen and when the section finishes they have to tell each other how to play the game.

Play the podcast from 07:15 > 09:48.

6. Play the interrupting game

Tell the learners it's their turn to play the game. Tell them to look at worksheet 2 again. Tell them to look at the list of topics. Decide who will speak about the topic and who is going to interrupt. The speaker needs to look at the phrases to return to a previous topic and the interrupter needs to look at the phrases to interrupt.

Remember to give the speaker 30 seconds to think about the topic before he/she speaks.

Partners change roles when they finish.

Continue until learners have spoken about most or all of the topics. 

Topics to speak about
Favourite football team Something in the news Favourite musician or band
Favourite food Favourite football Player The last party you went to
A place you've visited recently Someone in your family The best football match you've ever seen

7. Extension

You could choose different topics before the class or you could get learners to choose the topics for themselves. You could look back at the brainstorm teh learners did at eh beginning of the class and get learners to roleplay different situations when they need to interrupt.

8. Follow up / Homework

There are discussion questions on the Premier Skills English podcast page. Your students are welcome to join in the discussion and leave any comments about the lesson. Teachers are welcome to add any opinions about this lesson at eh bottom of this page. 

We hope you enjoy the lesson!

Leave a comment

Log in to leave a comment

Comments

elghoul's picture
elghoul
14/11/2017
DZ
1818
points

Football phrase : A tie or a play off.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
14/11/2017 17:47
Algeria
Arsenal
1818

Football phrase : A tie or a play off.

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest4217
2assemjuve3593
3aragorn19863527
4haydi3189
5Alex_from_Ukraine2706
6nikosonris2453
7MUGEMANYI2320
8Ahmed Adam Mamado2134
9Liubomyr2004
10elghoul1818
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Serbia23940
2Ukraine22955
3Albania20443
4Macedonia19065
5Bosnia and Herzegovina15982
6Armenia13280
7Kosovo13111
8Georgia12350
9Spain8362
10Montenegro7928
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United73306
2Arsenal53488
3Liverpool51114
4Chelsea43006
5Manchester City15429
6Leicester City8113
7Tottenham Hotspur4510
8Newcastle United4260
9West Ham United3784
10Watford2856

Level

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Goals

To practise speaking.

To learn and use words and phrases to interrupt people in a polite way.

To learn and use words and phrases to return to the previous topic.