Конспект урока "Gestures in Great Britain" 8 класс


Topic: “Gestures in Great Britain”
Aim: By the end of the lesson students will be able to recognize the function of
gestures in Great Britain and to use them in appropriate situations.
Resources: - Tomalin, B., Stempleski, S. 1998. Cultural Awareness. OUP.
- Nolasko, R. and Lois, A. Conversation, OUP.
- Up Stream. Upper Intermediate.
1. You know that people can communicate not only with the help of words.
Gestures are also very important. However, gestures people use depend on the
country they are from and may not be understood by people from other cultures.
Let’s discuss some situations in different countries. Look at the pictures and
answer the questions (task A in your handouts).
- What’s happening?
- What gestures are the people using?
- What do you think they mean?
(Remarks: After discussion in the class the teacher, if necessary, clarifies the meanings
of the gestures.
Colombia - tapping the elbow means: “You are mean with your money.
Japan - when women laugh or smile they cover their mouth with their hand because it’s
very rude for women to show their teeth in public.
Ancient Rome thumbs- down sign meant “die”.
Ethiopia turning one’s head quickly to one side means “yes”.
India (in some parts) tossing one’s head back means “no”.
Paraguay flicking one’s chin means “I don’t know”.)
2. Now let’s speak about gestures in Great Britain.
Look at pictures in task B and in pairs try to guess the meaning of
these gestures. All of them but one are used in the U.K. After that be
ready to report your interpretations to the class.
Now read about the functions of gestures and see if your guesses
were right or not (task C in your handouts).
3. Match the given verbal equivalents with the gestures (task D in your handouts).
4. Think if there are any gestures you shouldn’t use with certain people (e.g. a
stranger, a boss, est.).
5. Let’s compare the gestures we use in our country with the British gestures.
- Which are similar?
- Which are different?
- What other gestures do we use in Russia?
6. Give the examples of situations in which British people can use these gestures.
7. Divide into several groups and get ready to act out the situations in which your
use of these gestures would be appropriate.