To present and give controlled practice
of 'Could I + inf' and 'Could you + inf' as polite requests
by Gerard Eley
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To present and give controlled practice of 'Could I + inf'
and 'Could you + inf' as polite requests.
To give listening practice for checking information
To review recently taught food vocabulary
To give less controlled speaking practice
To develop stds' language awareness
The stds have recently learnt 'would like' as a more polite
way of saying 'want'. So the introduction of 'could' logically
follows on from this. The theme has been food and the area
of some and any has been looked at. The vocabulary area still
The stds should know 'Can I.' and 'Can you.' for requests.
They also know could as the past of can when referring to
Checking the order of the dialogue with the tape may prove
to be difficult for the weaker stds. If so I will refer them
to the tapescript in the book.
The use of 'could' in the present may be confusing but this
point should be cleared up at the presentation stage.
The stds have been taught 'some' for positive sentences and
'any' for questions and negatives as a general guideline.
However, the 'Could.' always takes some when talking about
plural nouns or uncountable nouns. I don't want to go into
an in-depth explanation of the difference at this stage, so
I will tell them this is an exception to the rule if this
Copies of the conversation to be put in order
Tape from Headway Elementary - T52 p 67
- see below cut up
written consolidation on p68
Pictures and words for pelmanism - not supplied here with
the lesson plan.
Stage 1 Lead-in - Aim to warm up
students and lead into the idea of 'hotels'
2 mins S-S
1. Stds tell partner about their last holiday
- T gives example.
Stage 2 Aims: to develop language
awareness through logical sequencing
10 mins S-S
1. Stds put dialogue from into order
2. Stds listen to the tape for the correct version. (If very
difficult refer stds to tapescript in stds book)
Stage 3 Presentation of 'Could
I.' and 'Could you.?'
20 mins T-S-T
1. On board 'Could I have a room for the
2. Concept questions 'What does she want?' 'The past or now?'
3.On board 'Could you sign the register please?'
4. Concept questions 'What does he want?' 'The past or now?'
5. Elicit the difference between 'Could I.?' meaning 'I want.'
and 'Could you.?' meaning 'I want you to do something'
6. Elicit grammatical structure 'Could + I + infinitive without
to' 'Could + you + infinitive without to + (me)'
7. Stds copy
8. Model and drill
Substitution drill 'Could I have the bill please?' 'Could
I have a table for two please?' 'Could you call me a taxi
please?' 'Could you open the window please?' - see prompts
Stage 4 Controlled written consolidation
10 mins S-SS-T-S
1. Refer stds to book pg
68, ex 3 - stds complete sentences with 'Could I'
or 'Could you'
2. Stds compare
Stage 5 Revision of food vocabulary
and 'Do you have.'
20 mins S-S
1. Pelmanism - stds match pics to words -
in small groups
Stage 6 Speaking practice with 'could'
1. Redistribute the cards so that each std
has some pictures and some words - stds ask other stds if
they have the picture that corresponds to their word. Stds
have to find and collect the word picture pairs.
2. Elicit possible structures and replies 'Do you have any.?'
'Could I have.?' Could you give me.?' 'Yes, here you are.'
'Sorry I don't have any.'
3. Activity & teacher monitors gives feedback on activity.
4. Feedback & correction work.
- stage 2
|Certainly. A single or a double?
|Just this one bag
|Yes, sure. Do you want my address too?
|Here's your key. Your room number is
311. I hope you enjoy your stay
|Good evening. Can I help you?
|A shower. How much is the room?
|Yes please. Could I have a room for
|No thanks. Just breakfast. Can I pay
by credit card?
|Yes of course. We take Visa and Access.
Could you sign the register please?
|No. Just a signature. Do you have any
|Would you like room with a shower or
|£ 72 for the room and breakfast.
|Would you like an evening meal?
| Single please.
- stage 3
|(Ask for a room)
|(Single or double?)
Would you like.?
|(Pay by credit card)
|(yes, Visa and Access)
Yes. We take.
|( a bottle of champagne
in my room)
Could I have...?
|(Yes. Room number?)
Certainly. What room.?
|(order me a taxi)
Could I have.?