Small talk at the bus stop A: It’s a nice day, isn’t it? B: Yes, it is. A: The bus is late, isn’t it? B: Yes, it is. This line is moving slowly, isn’t it? Do you think it’s going to rain? (…have been waiting for twenty minutes already, forgot to bring umbrella…)
A: He’s really good, isn’t he? B: He sure is! I come to all his concerts. A: Do you have his new CD? B: Yes, I do. Task I
A: It always rains on the weekend, doesn't it? B: Yes. It rains every Saturday! Do you think it'll stop by noon? A: I hope so. I want to go swimming. B: Oh? Where do you swim? A: At Franklin Lake. Do you ever go there?
It’s really exiting, isn’t it? You love basketball, don’t you?
Listening Listen to the three conversations. successfulunsuccessful Conversation 1 Conversation 2 Conversation 3 Are they examples of successful or unsuccessful small talk?
Task II A: It’s really cold today, isn’t it? B: Yes, it is. I hope the bus comes soon. A: I do, too, but it’s always late on Sunday. B: Oh, I didn’t know that. I usually take the bus on weekdays. A: Well, do you take the bus to school? B: Yes, I do. You are at a bus stop. Make your own small talk.
Complete the conversation. A: This is great weather, isn’t it? B: It sure is. But it’s a little hot for me. A: Oh, I love hot weather. _________1___________. B: Which beach are you going to? A: I’m going to Today Beach. _______2__________. B: I usually go to Sandy Beach. A: _______________3_______________________. B: No, it’s never crowded. Well, have a good day! A: ___________4_______________. B: Goodbye. Possible answers: 1. I’m going to the beach today 2. Where do you usually go? 3. Is it very crowded? 4. Thanks. Goodbye.
Pairwork These books are really great, aren’t they? waiting to cross a busy street. The traffic is very busy, isn’t it? Looking through books in a bookstore.
The prices are really low, aren’t they? Two people alone in an elevator. Waiting for a train Waiting for rain stopping Waiting in line to buy ice cream.
Task III What are some good small talk topics to use with these people? WhoWherewhat WhoWherewhat A studentat the bus stopgames A farmeron the farmplants or sth. else. An old manparkweather A businessmenbus stopdove
A: It’s a nice day, isn’t it? The old man: Yes, it is. It’s good for a walk, isn’t it? B: Yes. Do you often take walks in the park? The old man: Yes, I take a walk everyday in the park. A: Great. Have a good day. The old man: You too. Goodbye. B: Goodbye. Role play conversations with these people.
Talking A: It’s very crowded, isn’t it? B: Yes, it is. The “New Kids” are really popular. A: This line is moving slowly, isn’t it? B: Yes, it is. I’ve been waiting for 15 minutes. A: The tickets are expensive, aren’t they? B: Yes, they are. $20 is a lot of money! A: It’s cold today, isn’t it? B: Yes, it is. I don’t like this weather.