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Friday, November 26, 2010

Barça - Madrid

 
Barça vs Real Madrid. 
That's what threatens to mess up next Monday evening's lesson. A class full of "madridistas" means that from 9pm there will be little, if any, concentration in our classroom. One or two have decided not to come to class, others have suggested a kind of Christmas radio party where we listen to the match in the background whilst singing Christmas carols (yes, that was really a suggestion made by one of the students!). If we could get the match in English I wouldn't mind, but I don't think that's going to be possible. Anyway, as we were originally going to be looking at verbs followed by the gerund or the infinitive, I decided to make up a dialogue about football in which lots of these forms were used. You will find the end result below. I tried to make it sound natural whilst including an inappropriate number of gerunds and infinitives! After getting the students to concentrate for ten minutes (before the match starts) and look for the verbs, we will practise the dialogues in pairs. I am hoping that this will be fun...
 
Watching the match

John:    Alright mate! How’s it going?

Tom:    Not bad, John. I think we’ll win this game.

John:    Yeah, I hope so. Do you want a drink?

Tom:    Just a coke, please. I don’t feel like drinking tonight. Anyway, I’ve got to finish studying for
            Wednesday’s exam later.

John:    Oh right. I love having a beer watching the footy. Don’t you
            miss drinking when everyone else is having one?

Tom:    Sometimes, yeah. Oy! Penalty!........
            Nice one! We’ll score from this.

John:    Yeah, Ronaldo’s been practising taking penalties all week.

Both:    Goooooooooaaaaaaaaallllllllll!

Tom:    Anyway, fancy coming to the match on Saturday? I’m taking
            the kids.

John:    No, I’d like to but I can’t afford to go. My brother suggested
            going and he offered to get the tickets but I refused to accept
            them. He’s not working at the moment.

Tom:    Well, if you change your mind, I don’t mind giving you a lift.

John:    Cheers. Hey! That’s not a red card! He was diving! He can’t deny cheating there!

Tom:     Oh I know. They just can’t help cheating, can they?

John:     Well, I still don’t think they’ll avoid being relegated at the end of the season.

Tom:     No, they certainly deserve it.

5 comments:

  1. Great dialogue, Michelle :) Good luck with the class...I'm expecting most of mine to come as they're adults and not footie fans!

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  2. I'm going to ask my colleagues Stephen and Owen to record the dialogue with Audacity - then we can do some listening work too!

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  3. How did the class go? All I can hear are car horns so I presume "we" won.

    Cheers from Barcelona! :)

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  4. Hi Chris,
    Only three students turned up in the end! The class went ok, ended up being a bit dogme - after the dialogue one of the students wanted to do some pronunciation and another wanted to know about the present perfect continuous! We decided to finish a bit early too and left at half time.

    Oh, and Barça thrashed Madrid 5-0!

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  5. I can't believe that many showed up, to be honest.

    I've just added your blog to my list, by the way.

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