Checking/ clarifying roleplays and card game

Do roleplays from below with a partner, varying who is explaining each time. Try to use as wide a range of language for checking and clarifying as you can. 

Explain a problem with an electronic device which is not here and ask for advice.

 

Explain the stages in doing something and ask for suggestions for changes to that process.

 

Interview your partner for the student magazine, clarifying or asking for more details on everything they say.

 

Ask about the geography of the local area, misunderstanding everything that your partner says.

 

 

Dictate your (real) email address really quickly.

 

 

Dictate your (real) postal address really quickly.

 

Leave a long telephone message (starting the conversation with your partner answering the phone).

 

 

Dictate an email address containing B, V, M, N, WW, and UU.

 

 

Dictate a phone number with double and triple numbers in it.

 

 

Suggest eight changes to your partner’s recent essay.

 

 

Start a teleconference by introducing the eight people at your end.

 

 

Give someone directions from here to someone else really quickly.

 

 

Give really vague directions on how to get from here to somewhere else.

 

Give really vague instructions on how to use a piece of technology (e.g. one that is in the classroom now).

 

 

Explain a recent news story really vaguely.

 

 

Explain a recent news story really quickly.

 

 

Explain something you have studied recently.

 

 

Explain how to repair something.

 

 

Explain the background to a recent news story.

 

 

Explain the history behind a place name in this town.

 

Explain the layout of your bedroom or office for your partner to draw a plan (without you being able to see to what they are drawing).

 

 

Explain how to do a piece of official paperwork, e.g. a tax returns form.

 

 

Explain how a part of the human body works.

 

 

Do some more roleplays, but using the cards your teacher gives you when you manage to use different ways of checking and clarifying and different language to do so. You can discard each card as you successfully do that thing, with the person with least cards remaining at the end of the game winning.

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Cards for Student A – The person being explained to 

 

Showing your general lack of understanding

 

 

Pointing out (exactly) what you don’t understand

 

 

Checking your understanding

 

 

Asking for (more) explanation

 

 

Asking for changes in how something is explained

 

 

Pointing out (exactly) what you don’t understand

 

 

Showing your general lack of understanding

 

 

Pointing out (exactly) what you don’t understand

 

 

Checking your understanding

 

 

Asking for (more) explanation

 

 

Asking for changes in how something is explained

 

 

Pointing out (exactly) what you don’t understand

 

 

Showing your general lack of understanding

 

 

Pointing out (exactly) what you don’t understand

 

 

Checking your understanding

 

 

Asking for (more) explanation

 

 

Asking for changes in how something is explained

 

 

Pointing out (exactly) what you don’t understand

 

 Cards for Student B – the person explaining 

 

Giving (more) explanation

 

 

Offering (more) explanation

 

 

Mentioning the other person’s (probable) lack of understanding

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding in general

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding of something specific

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding of something specific

 

Giving (more) explanation

 

 

Offering (more) explanation

 

 

Mentioning the other person’s (probable) lack of understanding

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding in general

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding of something specific

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding of something specific

 

Giving (more) explanation

 

 

Offering (more) explanation

 

 

Mentioning the other person’s (probable) lack of understanding

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding in general

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding of something specific

 

 

Checking the other person’s understanding of something specific

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