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Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Advanced
Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Warm-Up Activity
- In two minutes, write down two (or more) problems each of the following groups of people might have: students, workers, and the elderly.
- When finished, role-play the problems with a partner. For example, “I’m a student and I have a problem: I’m failing all my courses.” The other student should give advice. When giving advice, try to use each of the below structures:
If I were you…
My advice would be…
Have you thought about…
I highly recommend…
Reading: Questions from Advice Columns
(!! Teachers: pre-read this section to ensure it’s appropriate for your class.)
Background: Newspapers and magazines often carry an advice column, which contains questions submitted by readers and responses written by an ‘expert’ columnist. Take turns reading the below questions to your classmates or teacher. Role-play the situation, ask follow-up questions, and try to get and give sound advice.
1) Dear Abby, I'm 28 and my boyfriend of five years is 29. I'm ready to get married and he's flat-out not, but wants us to stay together. Our maturity levels vary greatly. I'm getting my Ph.D. while working full time. He has a job, but can't save or manage money and he just wants to stay out and party. He's very affectionate and constantly tells me he loves me, but regarding getting married, he always says things like, "It'll be our turn one day," or says he'll propose by the end of X month, but never does. In general, he can't articulate himself in an argument and often refuses to discuss unpleasant topics (money, bills, or emotional issues). Everyone around us is getting married, and in our society, there are articles and websites that say a man's proposal is the ultimate way of showing his devotion and love. I try to remember that my value comes from within, but I need to know that the man I love wants me that much, and forever. –Waiting
2) Dear Ely, I’m getting old, and I hate it. My skin is wrinkling, my face is sagging, my hair is turning gray, my teeth are turning yellow, and my boobs are drooping. I’m starting to look like an old lady, but I’m only 55. I feel like I should still be in the prime of my life. I’m not ready to be elderly. I refuse to fade into decrepitude. I want to be youthful and attractive forever. Help me look younger! Help me find the fountain of youth! -Old Before My Time
3) Dear Ely, I’m single and sick of it. I don’t want to be alone anymore. I’m thinking of joining an online dating site, but I’m not sure if I should. It’s embarrassing to admit that I can’t meet anyone on my own, and if I met a boyfriend online I’m afraid that people would think I’m a pathetic loser. I’m also afraid that a guy I meet online might turn out to be a freak or a creep or a pervert – the Internet is teeming with predators. But the biggest reason I’m hesitant to dive into online dating is that I’m a big believer in fate. I always thought that one day I would look across a crowded room and see the man of my dreams staring back at me with a love-struck look on his face. I guess it might be time to give up on destiny and let some computer program match me with someone. What should I do? – Mindy
4) Dear Caroline, how do I know if my pre-wedding jitters are normal or a sign I should call things off?
5) Dear Ely, my teenage son is such an idiot. A few months ago he started dating this dark-spirited death girl, and she has him convinced that he’s a vampire. Now he’s dyed his hair black, and he dresses in black shirts, tight black pants, and black boots. He hides in his dark room all day, to the point that he’s becoming pale and sickly. He built himself a coffin to sleep in. He wears fake fangs, and he wants me to pay for oral surgery so he can have “real fangs” implanted. Creepiest of all, he wears a small glass vial of his girlfriend’s blood around his neck. In just a few months, my son has turned from a sweet young man into a grotesque freak of nature. What can I do to save him from his stupidity? -Vampire Mom
6) Dear Coco, I don’t have any friends at school. How can I be cool? – Little Timmy
7) Dear Abby, I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even sure the baby I'm carrying is his. – Sue
[Sources: http://www.theawl.com/2012/11/ask-polly-i-miss-my-maniac-ex, http://waywardadvice.com/]
Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Vocabulary Matching
Match the words with their meaning as used in the news lesson.
- sound – based on good sense and judgement
- flat-out – without hesitation or reservation, unequivocally
- articulate – express an idea or feeling fluently and coherently
- devotion – love loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause
- droop – bend or hang downward limply
- decrepit – elderly and weak
- creep – a detestable person
- teem – be full or or swarming with sth
- jitters – feelings of extreme nervousness
- vial – a small container, usually made of glass, for liquid medicine
- grotesque – repulsively ugly
Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Connect the below idea(s) to make a sentence.
government / uprising
sound / judgement
grotesque / flat-out
|articulate / feelings|
|devotion / wife|
|decrepit / droop|
|creep / Internet|
|jitters / call (sth) off|
|teem / grotesque|
|freak of nature / vial|
Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Discussion Questions
1) Are you in need of any advice?
2) Who do you go to when you need advice? What do you think of therapists?
3) What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
4) What important advice you want to pass on to your children?
5) Most advice columns seem to be written by women. Why do you think that is?
(original source unknown)
Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL) copyright Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com