In this extended Critical Reading Club lesson plan, students talk about the article they read at home. They also learn some functional language for dealing with customers and do several role-plays. This lesson is longer than other CRC lessons.
B2 / Upper Intermediate45 minCritical Reading ClubUnlimited Plan
This is a Critical Reading Club worksheet. With this format, students need to read an online article at home and do the exercises in the classroom. Learn more about how to use such worksheets and their benefits in our post.
WARM-UP & DISCUSSION
The lesson starts with a warm-up activity in which students try to explain why some people might agree with the provided statement about customers. Then, students talk about dealing with difficult customers, contacting customer service and the ideas from the article. For instance, they need to provide reasons why employees should or shouldn’t do what the article suggested. The discussion questions also contain some functional language that students might have heard, like We appreciate your patience. In this part of the lesson, students also share their experiences with complaints, refunds and discounts, both from the customer as well as the employee perspective.
FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE FOR DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS
In this part of the lesson, students match a customer’s comments with a customer service rep’s responses. The responses include functional language such as: We appreciate your feedback., I apologize for the inconvenience. or It’s against our policy. Students also need to explain what some phrases in the comments mean (e.g. look into, make things right) They can infer the meaning from the context.
Afterwards, students have a controlled practice of the functional language for dealing with customers. They need to use some words and phrases to reply to customers’ comments. Finally students get role-play cards. They need to read them and prepare to have a conversation with their partner. There are four role-plays and the situations include dealing with a difficult customer in a hotel, on the phone, on the plane and in a restaurant. Students are encouraged to use the functional language for dealing with customers from the lesson.
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