This lesson plan deals with functional language for giving good and bad news in English. Students will watch a short video, learn useful expressions and do a role-play.
B2 / Upper Intermediate45 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan
VIDEO & VOCABULARY
First, students watch a part of an episode of The Office TV series and discuss what the boss did wrong when giving bad news. Before watching, pre-teach students the following vocabulary: every cloud has a silver lining and gutting. Next, students get ten sentences and they need to fill in the gaps with the words from the box. After checking the answers, students read the sentences again and choose appropriate reactions from the list given. This way they will learn how to give and respond to good and bad news. To practise the vocabulary, they get one more task and need to complete some dialogues with their own ideas.
Finally, the worksheet ends with a role-play. In order to make students practise the expressions for giving good and bad news in English, we prepared three role-play scenarios. Choose whichever you find appropriate for your students or do all of them as they involve different day-to-day situations. Make students work in pairs, give them a card with a role to play and prepare to have a conversation with their partners.