Telephone English


Telephone English always goes down well in classes. It's more difficult than it looks - there are lots of fixed phrases that need learning - so your students will want plenty of practice.

 


 

Title
All About 'Run'
Target Structure
Idioms, Vocabulary
Level
Intermediate
Time
45 minutes
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Description
This is a great worksheet to help your intermediate-level students boost their vocabulary.

All the expressions contain the word 'run'. Your students will study:

* run out of (coffee)
* run over (a cat)
* run for president
* run into someone (meet)
* run a bath

There are five different exercises to introduce, recycle and personalise the language. It includes discussion questions for your class.

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Title
Calling Customer Services
Target Structure
Problems, Customer Service
Level
Intermediate and above
Time
45 minutes
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Description
Does any students in your class do online shopping? Can they deal with customer service when there's a problem?

This worksheet is based round a phone call about a product that has arrived damaged.

After the lead-in question, there is a gap-fill conversation, vocabulary building exercises, role-play and discussion.

This worksheet is written for intermediate-level classes. However, it can easily be used in other levels as well.

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Title
Meeting the New Neighbor
Target Structure
The Language of Introductions
Level
Pre-Intermediate
Time
45 minutes
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Description
This worksheet looks at some common expressions related to introducing yourself and inviting someone to your house.

There is a conversation, vocabulary-building exercises, role-play and discussion.

This worksheet is written for lower-intermediate level classes.

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Title
What kind of food do you like?
Target Structure
Likes and Dislikes
Level
Elementary
Time
45 minutes
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Description
Likes and dislikes is a great topic for lower-level students, as it gives them the opportunity to personalize the language they are learning.

This worksheet looks at some common expressions associated with likes and dislikes. This includes:

* I'm a big fan of...
* I'm really into
* I can't stand
* I don't mind

There is a conversation, some practice exercises and role-play.

The lesson finishes off with a class survey.

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Title
How did you meet?
Target Structure
Idiom Building
Level
Upper Intermediate to Advanced
Time
45 minutes
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Description
This worksheet looks at some common idiomatic language themed around how people met.

There is a mix-and-match idiom game which you can either cut up or (if you're short of time) hand out as it is. This is followed by some short readings.

The lesson continues with idiom practice and discussion.

Expressions covered include:

* pluck up the courage
* love at first sight
* lose touch with someone
* a mutual friend
* have a crush on someone

and more.

This worksheet is written for upper-intermediate and advanced-level students.

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