Getting Your Line In

Getting Your Line In

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Give SS slips of paper with conversation gambits written on them.

Here is an example list, but we’re really looking for conversational expressions which wouldn’t normally be found in course books:



Absolutely, I couldn’t agree with you more.

You must be joking!

How can you say that?

To be honest ,I can’t see that myself

I really think you’re missing the point completely.

But then again, there’s another side to it.

Of course, another way of looking at it is……

It seems to me you’re rather biased in your opinions.

Bollocks! That might be true elsewhere, but not in this country.

I really don’t think you understand the complexities of the situation.

So what you’re saying is…

I’d never have thought that you know.

I think that’s a fair point.

Can I come in here for a second?

It’s funny you should say that……………



SS speak on a given subject for a few minutes , e.g. fashion; German cars; George W. Bush: The Middle East conflict; seafood; ‘House’ music; smoking etc., and try to slip their line in without the other S noticing. Ask at the end what their partner’s line was.

The lines can and should be carefully selected for level and register, but not pre-taught. At least not in the same lesson.