Welcome to the UK (some scenes from an Englishman’s everyday life). Levels: В1, B1+, B2+

 

Медведєва Л. В., Вінюкова О. В., Мартюхина Л. А., м. Рубіжне, Луганська обл


 

Objectives:

  • to develop students' free speaking skills;
  • to teach students to enjoy the communication in English;
  • to practise a role-play;
  • to promote students' creativity;
  • to teach students to work in groups and to feel responsibility for doing their work well;
  • to develop students' abilities to bring knowledge and skills into a new situation.

 

Compere 1: Ladies and Gentlemen! We're happy to see you here just at the end of our English week.

We're eleventh-formers, and it is not a secret that we've taken an active part in all extra-curricular activities both at our school and on a larger scale during all these school years. Well, we hope that you've already enjoyed several stage versions of some famous fairy-tales, listened to some English and American songs and poems. So, as for us, we won't take much of your time and we'll just try to show some scenes from everyday life of an Englishman.

Compere 2: So, welcome to the UK. Greetings, weather talk and asking the way first.

1

Mike: Hello, old chap. Haven't seen you for ages.

Bill: Hello. Mike. Glad to see you. How are you getting on?

Mike: No complaints. And how are you? Bill: Fine, thanks. Be seeing you later.

2

John: Hi, Nick. Nice to see you.

Nick.: Hi, John. How are things?

John: Ship-shape. Thank you. Any news from home?

Nick: No news.I'm quite upset.

John: Cheer  up. Everything will be O.K.

3

Mrs Collins: Good afternoon, Mrs Ferris.

Mrs Ferris: Good afternoon, Mrs Collins, nice day, isn't it?

Mrs Collins: Oh, yes, just lovely, I believe it's a bit colder than yesterday.

Mrs Ferris: Yes, the mist has cleared but the weather forecast says it will be snowing later in the day.

4

Dick: Hello, Charles. Charles: Hello. Dick lovely day, isn't it?

Dick: Absolutely wonderful, nice and warm. What's the weather forecast for tomorrow? Do you know?

Charles: Yes, itsays it will be bright and sunny. Dick: How nice. Good-bye. Charles. Bye-bye.

 

5

A: Excuse me. I've lost my way. B: Where do you want to go? A: I'dlike to get to Charing Cross

B: Well, go straight on two blocks and then turn to the right. In less than seven minutes you'll be there.

6

A: Is there a bus from here to the National Gallery?

B: Yes, take a number 12 and ask the conductor to put you down at Trafalgar Square.

7

A: Excuse me, which is the shortest way to the nearest underground station?

B: I'm a stranger here. You'd better ask the policeman.

A: (to the policeman) Excuse me, officer, can you tell me the way to the nearestunderground station?

P: Go straight on and take the third turning to the right. You'll see it on your left.

8

A: Am I right for Parliament Square?

B: This bus won't take you all the way. You'll have to change at Charing Cross.

Compere I: And now "Dinner ata friend's" William is treating Jan, Susan and George to a dinner cooked by himself. Jan is a foreigner on a visit to England.

Jan: Would you mind passing the salt, please?

Susan: Oh, yes, of course. I'm sorry, Jan, here it is.

Jan: Thank you, Susan.

William: Now, Jan, are you going to taste my Yorkshire pudding with the roast beef?

Jan: Yes, please. I've never had any before, but I'd like to try it.

Susan: it's a very good Yorkshire pudding, William, just the kind my mother makes.Congratulations, William!

George: You haven't been long here. Do you notice any different tabie customs ormanners?

Jan: Yes, for example, you don't tell people you hope they'll enjoy their meal.

George: No, we never do that here.

Susan: Do we have different ways of dealing with knives and forks and so on?

Jan: Yes. When you have finished, you put your knife and fork together side by side on the plate.

Susan: I noticed you put yours at the sides of the plate and that seems more reasonable. It shows you have really finished with the meal.

William: Help yourself to the plum pie. Now let's have some coffee.

Jan: Talking of customs I must say I've noticed many interesting things about the English. I've not been here long enough to understand you quite well. But I like your country and hope to know more about the people here.

(After some time)

Susan: Good-bye, William. Thank you for a very pleasant evening.

Jan: Itwas so kind of you to invite me. I've enjoyed it very much indeed.

William: Cheerio, Jan. See you again soon.

Compere 2: This is Charles and this is Joyce. Charles is going to take Joyce out to lunch. Joyce is late and apologizes.

Joyce: Hello, Charles! I'm sorry I've kept you waiting. Am I very late?

Charles: Not really, Joyce. I was afraid you might have lost your way.

Joyce: Oh, no. Your directions were perfectly clear, but the bus was held up by the traffic.

Charles: Oh, well. You are here now. Let's go in, shall we? We'll have a drink before lunch. I'll lead the way. Ah, good! There's a table over there. Now let's sit down and I'll get something to drink.

 

Compere 1: And now "At the restaurant".

1

Waiter: Good evening. Two for dinner?

Boris: Yes, that's right.

Waiter: You can leave your coats here. Where would you like to sit?

Boris: Thank you. Where would you like to sit, Natalie?

Waiter: Would you like this table by the window?

Boris: Yes, that's nice. Could we see the menu?

Waiter: Certainly. Here it is. Shall I give you a few minutes to look at it?

Boris: Yes. We'll order in a few minutes.

Boris: Do you want an appetizer?

Natalie: Hm. I think I'll have a shrimp cocktail. I'm crazy about shrimp. What about you?

Boris: I'm not sure. I can't decide. Natalie: Oh, if 1 were you, I'd have the smoked salmon. You always say you like smoked salmon, and you haven't had any for a long time.

Waiter: Are you ready to order now?

Boris: Yes, one shrimp cocktail and one smoked salmon, please.

Waiter: Fine. And the entree?

Boris: Well, we can't decide between the veal and the chicken. What do you recommend?

Waiter: Both are good, but if I were you I'dhave the veal. It's the specialty of the house.

Waiter: What would you like with the veal? Maybe some vegetables?

Natalie: Yes. Some zucchini, some carrots, and some boiled potatoes.

Waiter: And a salad?

Natalie: Bring me a mixed salad with the entree, please.

Waiter: All right, Will you want a dessert?

Natalie: Can we order that later?

Waiter: Of course. Waiter: Would you like a bottle of red wine? May I suggest something?

Boris: Sure.

Waiter: Why don't you have a carafe of our house Wine. It's Chilean. You'll like it. Boris: That sounds fine. Let's try it.

2

Waiter: Good morning, sir. For one?

Paul: Yes, please.

Waiter: Would you like this table by the window?

Paul: Thank you.

Waiter: Here's the menu, sir.

Paul: Well, now, what do you recommend?

Waiter: Well, the roast lamb's very good. Or if you prefer fish, there's nice fresh codtoday.

Paul: I think I'll have the roast lamb, please.

Waiter: What vegetables would you like with it?

Paul: Some baked potatoes. And what green vegetables have you got?

Waiter: Peas, spinach, French beans.

Paul: I think I'll have peas. They're nice with lamb.

Waiter: Very well, sir. And what will you have first? Soup, hors d'oeuvres or grapefruit?

Paul: I'll have grapefruit to start with.

Waiter: Grapefruit

Paul: Could I Order my sweet now? I'min rather a hurry.

Waiter: Yes, certainly. What would you like?

Paul: I think I'd like an apple  tart and coffee.

Waiter: Very well, sir.

 

Compere 2: And now we're going to invite you to a big London store.

Lucy: Could you show me some tweed suit, please?

Shop assistant: Do you want a heavy or a light weight tweed, madam?

Lucy: I'd like a heavy weight tweed, please.

Shop assistant: Do you know your size, madam?

Lucy: I'm afraid I don't know the English sizes.

Shop assistant (after taking Lucy's measure): I think size 14 will fit you. Do you like any of these, madam?

Lucy: I don't care about any of these mixtures. Have you anything brighter?

Shop assistant: What colour things will you be wearing with the suit?

Lucy: I shall be wearing brown. Well, I think a light green would do.

Shop assistant: I see. This is a very attractive suit.

Lucy: Yes, but the sleeves are a little too long. Can you get them shortened for me?

Shop assistant: That will be altered in a few days.

Lucy: And the waist is rather tight. Could you let it out?

Shop assistant: Oh, yes. This can be easily put right.

Lucy: What is the price?

Shop assistant: It's not high. £ 8.

Lucy: I'll take it.

Compere 1: You're welcome to the shoe shop now.  

Shop assistant: What would you like, sir, please?

Customer: A pair of good walking shoes.

Shop assistant: Certainly. What size, sir. please?

Customer: Size seven, with square toes.

Shop assistant: Here are several pairs of shoes. Will you try them on, please?

Customer: Oh, these shoes are nice, but a bit tight, I'm afraid.

Shop assistant: Then will you try on these, sir?

Customer: Well, these shoes are too large, I think.

Shop assistant: Perhaps this pair will do?

Customer: It seems it fits me perfectly. Well, I'll take it.

Shop assistant: You will find that a good shoe, sir. It is a little heavy, perhaps, but I can thoroughly guarantee it for wear. Now, is there anything else I can get for you, sir? Tennis shoes...

Customer: No, thank you. But put an extra pair of laces in with those shoes.

Shop assistant: With pleasure, sir. And shall I send them to your address, or will you take them with you?

Customer: I'll take them with me, thank you. Good night.

Shop assistant: Good night, sir! Thank you.

 

Compere 2: And now we're sure that all of you will be in high spirits while seeing another scene because you can easily recognize yourself. It's called "David has a cold" and it's very typical.

Mrs Brown: What's the matter, David? Why have you come home in the middle of the morning?

Davi: I don't feel well, I was shivering and sneezing at school, and I feel very hot, Mr Clarke sent me home.

Mrs Brown: I think you've got a bad cold. You'd better go to bed at once. I'll put ahot-water bottle in your bed. Get undressed and jump into bed. Then I'll bring you some hot milk.

David: All right, Mother. I think I shall be better in bed.

(The next day)

Mrs Brown: Good morning, Doctor. I'm glad you've come.

Doctor: Now, Mrs Brown. What's the matter?

Mrs Brown: It's David. He's got a cold, but rather a bed one, I think. He came home

from school yesterday morning. He was very ill in the night, but he's a little better this morning. He doesn't often have cold, but when he does, it's usually a bad one.

Doctor: Well, let's go and see him.

Mrs Brown: This way, Doctor. David, here's Dr. Cuthbert.

Doctor: Now, David, my boy. A cold, is it? There are a lot of them about. How are you -still alive? David: Well, I'm not dead yet, Doctor. I feel much better this morning, thank you. I'm not so hot and shivering now. Yesterday I felt very ill.

Doctor: Good. Let me look at your tongue. Now your temperature. Hm. Not too bad. You've got a cold, but not a very bad one. You'll be well again in a day or two. Get this medicine for him, Mrs Brown, and give it to him three times a day after meals. Give him plenty to drink, but he'll have to stay in bed. David: When can I get up?

Doctor: Not until I tell you. On Sunday perhaps.

David: I want to play football on Saturday, Doctor.

Doctor: Well, you can't play this Saturday, that's certain. Lie in bed, keep warm and take your medicine. I'll come in again on Saturday. Now I must go. There are hundreds of people in bed with colds in this bad weather, and everyone wants to see the doctor. Good-bye, David, I shall have to hurry.

David: Good-bye, sir. Mrs Brown: Thank you, Doctor. Good morning.

Compere 1: And we can't but hope that you'll enjoy two more quite modern and typical scenes of English young people's life.

‘Now you’re talking!’

Rachel: So, have you had any more thoughts about what you're going to do next year, then?

Nick: Mm. I don't know, really. I mean, I was thinking that it might be a good idea to dothat art course I was telling you about, but it all depends on my results.

Rachel: So what about France? Weren't you talking about going to Paris a while back?

Nick: Oh, For that French course? Well, I would still like to do it, but I just don't know if

I can afford it.

Rachel: Oh, I know what you mean. Money's always a problem, isn't it? I mean, what I'd really like to do next year is learn to drive and buy a car, but I'm no sure if I'll have the cash. The thing is, I'mjust so sick of having to get buses everywhere,

Nick: Dreadful, aren't they? You wait half an hour and then three come along at the same time. So, you're basically just going to be staying around here, just trying to save up some money, then?

Rachel: Yes, I suppose so. It depends, really. I mean, if I can find a good job then I'llstick around, but otherwise what I was thinking of doing eventually is going back to Glasgow.

Nick: Oh right, because you grew up there, didn't you?

Rachel: Yes, that's right, yes, so I suppose I do see myself ending up there eventually.

Nick: Yeah.

Rachel: So, assuming you do this art course, what do you see yourself doing after that, in the long term?

Nick: Oh, I don't know. No idea really. I haven't thought mat far ahead. I'll just take it as it comes and see what happens.

Rachel: Just listen to us, Nick! We just sound so boring! Why don't we go off somewhere together this summer, you know, maybe -I don't know  — work abroad for six months?

Nick: What? You mean picking grapes in France. That kind of thing?

Rachel: Yeah, or, I don't know  — working in a hotel in Spain, or...

Nick: Or going to Australia. If the Aussies can work over here, why can't we go and get ajob over there? Rachel: Yeah, I'd love to do that. Where's the paper? What's the cheapest flight to Sydney?

Nick: Now you're talking!

 

"Thank goodness it's Friday!"

Steve: Thank goodness it's Friday! This week's been dragging on forever.

Ken: Tell me about it! So what are you up to this weekend?

Steve: Oh, nothing special, really. This evening, I'm just going out for dinner with my parents.

Ken: Oh, that should be nice.

Steve: Yes, we're going to this little French place near where I live. The food's great there, and then tomorrow I've got to get up early  — at least for me!  — and do some cooking, because I've got some people coming over in the afternoon. And I'll have to give the place a really good clean as well. And, I'm not sure, but I think we'll probably be going out after that-to see a film or something. We haven't really planned anything. What about yourself?

Ken: Well, tonight I'm supposed to be going out with some people from my old job, but 1 don't really feel like it any more. I'm feeling really tired.

Steve: So you're just going to stay in, then?

Ken: Yes, because tomorrow night I've got a big night. I'm going to my friends Pete and Rachel's party. It's on a boat.

Steve: Oh, that sound great. Where is a boat?

Ken: Down by the river. You know, in the docks.

Steve: Oh yes, I know where you mean, I went to a party there myself a while ago.

Ken: Right. Is it OK down there?

Steve: Yes, it's great, but it's not all big. There's not that much room on the boat.

Ken: Mm, sounds cosy!

Steve: Oh, yes, you can get really close to people! Lots of sweaty bodies!

Ken: I don't think it's going to be that sort of party!

Steve: Well, you never know. If you're lucky, it might become one!  — No, I'm only joking, it's actually a great place for a party.

Ken: Good, I'm really looking forward to it. But then on Sunday, unfortunately, I've got to do some things for work,

Steve: No rest for the wicked! Well, listen, I might give you a ring on Sunday, then, just to hear all about your quiet night cut down on the river!

Compere 2: And now I think it's high time we remembered and sang some popular English songs which you can hear in many places when in the UK. They are devoted to love, friendship and what not.

Chorus: "Strangers in the night". (Words by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder. Music by Bert Kaempfert)

Boys: "You are my Sunshine" (Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell).

Girls: "I'm sending back your roses" (Based on a theme by Peter Tchaikowsky. Lyrics bym Howard Barnes, arranged by Peter Kreuder).

Chorus: "Yesterday" (John Lennon and Paul McCartney).

Compere 1: Our party is over now. Thank you for coming to see us.

 

Literature:

1 .I. M. Strzhalkovskaya, A. D. Sereshevskaya ‘A Way to Better English’ M., 2002

2. M. A. Seraphimova, A. M. Shaevich ‘Topical Dialogues’, St.Petersburg, 1999

3. T. Guzhva English ‘Розмовні  теми у двох частинах’, Київ ‘Тандем’, 2004

4.Klippel Friederike ‘Keep Talking’: Communicative fluency activities for language teaching./Cambridge University Press, 2002

5. Liz and John Soars ‘New Headway English Course’-upper-intermediate/ Oxford University Press, 1998

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