Basic Conversation Structure

Lesson 2 Getting to Know You

sample conversation
sample conversation

ACTIVITY #1. Answer these questions with your partner.

  1. Take a look at your conversation e-book, name the different ways of introducing yourself? Introducing other people?
  2. What is SMALL TALK?
  3. What are topics you should not talk about during small talk?
  4. What are good topics to talk about during small talk?

ACTIVITY #2. Do this activity with your partner.

  1. Look at conversation samples 1 and 2. Label the parts of the conversation according to the basic conversation structure above.
  2. Write and act out a conversation between two people meeting for the first time at a conference.
  • follow the basic conversation structure – kickstart, body, leave taking, goodbye.
  • small talk topics – nationality, home, occupation, workplace,  and the reason why they come to a conference

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Lesson 3: Request, Permission, Offer

  • Making a request (การร้องขอ)
  • Asking for permission (ขออนุญาติ)
  • Offering help (ให้ความช่วยเหลือ)

Activity #1

  1. Familiarize the common expressions used for making a request, asking permission, and offering help.
  2. Practice using the expressions – Go to MAKING A REQUEST PRACTICE and ASKING PERMISSION PRACTICE.
  3. Complete the conversation exercises below.

Activity #2

  1. Write and act out a conversation involving making a request, asking permission, and/or offering help. (Be mindful of the structure of your conversation)

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Making a Request

polite request in english
polite request in english

Asking Permission

simple sentence pattern for asking permission

Offering Help

CONVERSATION EXERCISES – 1

Somchai: Good morning, Madam. ________(1 offer help)____________?

Nattawadee: Good morning. __________(2 permission)__________________?

Somchai: I’m sorry, he’s out of the office at the moment.

Nattawadee: Oh, well, never mind.

Somchai: _____________(3 offer help)_______________________ for you tomorrow?

Nattawadee: Oh, yes please. For 10 AM.

Somchai: Just a minute… _____(4 decline)_____________ he has another meeting at 10 AM. Will three in the afternoon be all right with you?

Nattawadee: No, thank you. I’ll meet him at his residence tonight. It’s something urgent.

Somchai: ________(5 offer help)________________ him anything?

Nattawadee: Thanks. You could tell him that Ms. Nattawadee was here.

Somchai: I will tell him.

Nattawadee: Thank you.

CONVERSATION EXERCISES – 2

Tom: Hey Jerry, going somewhere?

Jerry: Yes. I need to pick up the new guests at the airport.

Tom: ______(1 offer help)___________________?

Jerry: That would be great! It can be pretty lonely driving alone you know.

Tom: I certainly know that. Ok, ______( 2 permission)______ quickly grab my bag.

Jerry: Ok. Oh by the way I forgot to bring my wallet. ___(3 request)___________ bringing it. It’s on my table next to the computer.

Tom: Sure thing!

Jerry: I’ll wait for you in the car.

Tom: OK.

CONVERSATION EXERCISES – 3

Follow the conversation in the video. Fill in the missing conversation lines.

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Lesson 4

Complaining, Clarifying, Apologizing, and Thanking

Instructions

  1. Go over your e-book, unit 4.
  2. Define the following complain, clarify, apologize, and thank.
  3. List down words and phrases used for making complaints, asking for clarification, apologizing, and thanking.
  4. Use 2 to 3 of these expressions in a sentence. Share your sentences with your seatmate.
  5. Complete the conversation in the video below. Practice and present your conversation with the customer service agent.

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Wh Questions

WH- Questions

To be able to ask questions clearly in a conversation is very important for the following reasons. One, a person would be understood clearly thus avoiding miscommunication. Aside from this, asking questions in a conversation shows that you are interested, and it keeps the conversation going.

WH-Questions are one of the different ways of asking questions. These are questions that begin with what, where, when, why, who, which, how, how many, how often, and how much.

Example

What is happening here?

Where is the bathroom?

When does the plane arrive?

Why are there so many people here?

Who are you talking to?

Which of the these do you prefer?

How do I go to the bus station?

How many countries are there in the ASEAN?

How often do you ride your bicycle?

How much are these apples?

Let’s Practice

Instructions

  1. Pick a box and an image will pop up.
  2. Ask a WH-question about the image.

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