GETTING STARTED !LEARNING TO BE PERSUASIVE
=1\* Roman I. Read Dialogues 1 and 2
a) What is the difference in the way the speakers in Dialogue 1 and Dialogue 2 are trying to explain their position?
MrsBrown: I think we should buy a
new TV set.
Mr Brown: It would be better if
we bought a new
Mrs Brown: You never do what I
want I ask you to do! I
want a newTV set!
Mr Brown: I never get to do want
I want to do, and now I
want a new computer!
Mrs Brown: Why don’t you care
about me? Don’t be so
egoistic! We should
buy a new TV set.
Mrs Brown: Where shall we spend our summer
Mary: How about going to Turkey? They say it’s
not very expensive.
Mr Brown: I don’t think it’s a good idea. It’s too hot
there in summer. Don’t you remember last
year in Greece?
Mrs Brown: I think we should go to Finland. We haven’t
been there and our neighbours (/’neibe/) –
сосед) say they liked it very much. They
have just come back.
Bobby: Finland? In summer?
No sun and lots of rain?!
b) Read Dialogs 2 again write out the reasons whish Mr Brown, Mrs Brown, Mary and Bobby give to support their point of view:
Mary: We should go to Turkey because
Mr Brown: Turkey is not a good idea because
Mrs Brown: We should go to Finland because 1)
Bobby: We shouldn’t go to Finland because
Such reasons are called ‘arguments’.
Argument is a reason which we use to prove something and persuade somebody.
=2\* RomanII. Read Dialogue 1 again.
a) If you Mr Brown, what three
arguments could you think of to
persuade your wife to buy a new
Mr Brown: We should buy a new computer
b) If you Mr Brown, what three
arguments could you think of to
persuade your husband to buy a
new TV set?
Mr Brown: We should buy a new TV set
LEARNING TO BE PRECISE
III. Read Dialogue 3 and answer the questions:
Bobby: On Friday you promised to help me with my essay and now you don’t want to do it!
Mary: But I do want to help you!
Bobby: So why don’t you tell me what I should write?
Mary: I’m sorry but that’s your essay and it’s you, not me who should write it.
And then I can check it and tell you what to correct.
Bobby: Ha! And you call that help? You gave me your word and you should
write this essay for me. Lair! I don’t want to talk to you! Get out of
1) What is the difference in the way Bobby and his sister understand the word ‘help’?
a) Bobby thinks that ‘help’ means
b) Mary thinks that ‘help’ means
2) What could they have done on Friday to avoid this misunderstanding now?
IV. Work in pairs and decide what this statement could mean:
‘All children should get money from parents for good grades.’
‘All children could mean: a)
‘Good grades’ could mean: a)
What other points should we make clear if we want to discuss this statement?
V. Work in pairs and decide what points we should make clear before we start discussing the following statements:
1)’Al children should play basketball.’
2)’Parents should help their children to do homework.’
3)’Children should not be punished.’
C h i l d r e n s h o u l d H a v e
P o c k e t M o n e y !
I. LERNING TO BE PRECISE
What points should we make clear before we start discussing this statement?
II. LEARNING TO BE OBJECTIVE
A. Decide whether these possible consequences are pluses or minuses:
-If children have pocket money, … a) children would be able to spend money the way they want.
b) children would learn to be more independent.
c) children would go to McDonald’s more often.
B. Can there be any situations in watch consequences a) and b) would
be minuses rather than pluses?
C. Do you think a parent and a child are likely to think about these
consequences in the same way?
D. ‘Children should have pocket money’. Discuss in pairs and write
other pluses and minuses of this idea:
1 2 3 4 MY PERSONAL WORD BOX
E. Share your ideas with classmates:
1) If we talk about the pluses of this idea, I would say that…
2) If we talk about the minuses of this idea, I would say that…
3) If parents give pocket money to their children, …
4) If parents don’t give pocket money to their children, …
to waste money – тратить деньги впустую (un)necessary things – (не)нужные вещи
to spend money – тратить деньги to borrow money from – занимать деньги
to depend on cmb – зависеть от кого-то to lear budgeting = to learn how to
to buy, to purchase – покупать manage money
to save up money – копить деньги a sense of responsible - чувство ответ
to become independent - стать самостоятельным ственности
III. LEARNING TO BE RELEVANT
(Counter Argument VS Argument)
A. Read the statement and decide what part of the sentence is an argument is an argument (Argument is a reason given to support something):
Children should have pocket money because they
will be able to buy the things they really need.
B. (1) Underline the arguments in dialogues (i), (ii) and (iii) which Speaker A gives to
support his opinion.
(2) Work in pairs and decide in which of the dialogues Speaker B is attacking
Speaker A’s argument:
(i) Speaker A: Children should have pocket money because they will be able to
buy the things they really need.
Speaker B: But if they really need something their parents can buy it for
(ii) Speaker A: Children should have pocket money because they will learn to be
Speaker B: But parents know much better what children need.
(iii) Speaker A: Children should not have pocket money because some bullies can
take their money from them.
Speaker B: But if children have pocket money they will learn how to plan their
IV. LEARNING TO BE STRATEGIC
With two partners from other pairs work in groups of three. You can either be a group of parents who do not believe that children should have pocket money or a group of children who want to have pocket money. Plan the debating strategy:
A. Sum up the strongest arguments supporting your position.
B. Sum up the weak points and think of the best way to defend your position.
Weak points Defence1 2 3 V. LERANING TO BE PERSUASIVE
Two groups of three representing parents and children sit
together to discuss the proposition. Affirmative side
begins the discussion.
Write a dialogue between a patent who wants to give some pocket money to his or her child, and a child who doesn’t want it.
I said/wrote: Next time I’ll say/write: