In this module we will talk about (im)polite social behaviour
Warm up discussing the questions:
- Is it old fashioned to worry about social rules?
- Which social rules would you like to change? Which are the stupidiest?
- Is it ok to tell a little lie to avoid hurting someone's feelings?
- Do you have good manners?
1.Have a look at the list of useful expressions that you will need while describing people's manners of behaviour. Check their meanings.Then underline 3 that can be used to describe polite behavior.
· It’s disrespectful it creates good impression
· It’s inconsiderate it’s over the top
· It’s a way of showing respect to it might make other people feel awkward
· It’s revolting it’s overly familiar
· It’s considered gentlemanly it’s sexist
· It’s not the done thing it’s a real turn-off
· It’s unhygienic it might seem pushy
· It might be offensive to it could be misinterpreted
· It’s completely taboo
Drill your own pronunciation of these phrases in the sector of Cards of the module.
2.Work in groups and practice the new phrases in the suggested situations\ context below to react on rude manners of people like this:
When I meet rude people..
I ignore them \ I pretend not to see them\ I tell them to stop\ I give them the" evil eye"
- when someone cuts in line
- when someone uses the cell phone in the cinema\theatre
- when someone spits on the street
- when someone swears in public
- when someone smokes
- when someone throws garbage on the street
- when someone pushes me in a crowd
- when someone stares at me
- when someone talks loudly in the library\ public transport
- when someone teases me
3.Before watching the video " 10 Modern manner mistakes" look through the list of useful expressions from it and check their meanings ( they are enumerated in the order they follow in the video):
Do a fist bump
It makes you look like a fool
To leverage style as a weapon to get what you want
To have face to face meetings \ to engage face to face with people
To re-improve upon bad impression
To give ( phone) a higher priority than …
It drives me nuts
Take a random call coming in
Turn it on silent\off
Keep the call brief
Say something in person
Post things that are hateful
Bonded vs alienated people
To unfriend each other
flip on good manners \ you can’ just flip on switch
Habit will always sabotage you
To pick one’s nose
have the courtesy to (send message)
I can(not) put up with it to a point
To build a reputation as somebody that…
Treat it with respect
To be aware of the environment \ situational awareness
To be buried in your own personal environment
To push and dismiss what other person contributed
to spout things
Interrupt \ To step over people
To lose credibility and respect
Overuse foul language
Not to have a super lexicon
Occasional use of cursory word
To be able to drive home and catch attention
It’ll turn you off
To make quick judgment about people
to live up to your expectations
Put yourself in other people’s shoes
go out of your way to be nice to (show respect)
Now watch the video, make notes of the mistakes tittles, then pick up few of them ( most relevant to your experience) and discuss them in groups\ pairs.
Drill some phrases from the video in the section of Exercises in the module.
4. Read the text and work in groups discussing the questions.
1. What is Fowey Community school doing?
2. What do you think of the idea?
3. Do you know of anything similar in schools in your country?
Write and tell about 6 things you were taught about good and bad manners by your parents \ at school, Compare your list with different students.
5.Social behavior varies in different situations. Read the list and decide:
- Which of these are never\ always acceptable
- Which depends on people’s ages or social context ( at work, with friends)
- Which is the right way to behave in these situations
Explain your opinions using the new phrases.
6.Manners and politeness IDIOMS
Match the idioms with their meaning below
- Pardon my English
- Watch your language
- Mind your Ps and Qs
- The done thing
· Don't use swear words
· The correct way to behave
· Sorry for my bad language
· To come to a party uninvited
· Be careful with how you behave
Watch, listen and practice saying some idioms
Watch your language
Watch your language morons!
That's Ps and Qs. - I didn't know that
So 'Mind your Ps and Qs" means watch your alcohol consumption