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B) DISCUSS THE ANSWERS IN SMALL GROUPS





A) DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. READ THE LETTER AND PROCEED TO THE TASKS GIVEN AFTER IT

1. Some people in the USA appear on TV and talk about themselves and their personal problems. What do you think about this?

2. Do you sometimes read the advice column in the newspaper?

3. Have you ever written to a newspaper to ask for advice? Why do you think people do it?

4. What advice could you ask for?

5. Do people need advice on good manners? Why/why not?

 

Dear Mrs. Gently, A friend of mine is giving a big party at her home to celebrate her wedding anniversary. My husband and I received an invitation that included this note at the bottom: "In order to help pay for the food and drinks, you are asked to make a contribution of $10.00 at the door." Don't you think this is incredibly rude? I think we should refuse the invitation, but my husband says we should go to the party and pay the $10.00. He tells me that Jim (my friend's husband) is out of a job at the moment, so they are really short of money. What do you think? Puzzled Jane

1. Why do you think "Puzzled Jane" is not happy with the invitation?

2. What is her husband's point of view?

3. What advice will you give to the author of the letter? What would you do if you were in her place?

 

C) READ MRS. GENTLY’S ADVICE. THEN ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

Dear Puzzled, In all my many years of dispensing advice on matters of taste and manners, I have never heard of such a preposterous solution to financial embarrassment. Does your friend think that she's operating a restaurant? The lack of money does not excuse such rudeness. If your friend wants contributions from guests, she should plan an informal potluck dinner. It's perfectly acceptable to ask guests to bring a main dish or salad or dessert to a party. It is truly tasteless to ask for a contribution of money. My advice is simple. You should politely but firmly decline this "invitation." Mrs. Gently

 



 

1. Does Mrs. Gently agree with Jane or with her husband? Why?

2. What is a "potluck dinner?"

3. Do you agree with Mrs. Gently’s advice? Why/why not?

D) SIT IN A SMALL GROUP AND READ THE "DEAR MRS. GENTLY" COLUMN AGAIN. THEN DISCUSS THE MEANINGS OF THE WORDS AND PHRASES BELOW. DECIDE ON A DEFINITION OR A DIFFERENT WAY TO SAY THE SAME THING. SHARE YOUR WORK WITH OTHER GROUPS. USE A DICTIONARY TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARE NOT SURE.

Word or Phrase My group’s definition
1. wedding anniversary 2. contribution 3. incredibly rude 4. refuse 5. out of a job 6. short of money 7. to dispense advice 8. preposterous 9. financial 10. to decline    

E) WRITE A FEW SENTENCES EXPLAINING WHY YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH MRS. GENTLY'S ADVICE. YOU CAN GIVE PERSONAL REASONS, OR YOU CAN TALK ABOUT WHAT IS OR ISN'T GOOD MANNERS IN YOUR COUNTRY. SHARE YOUR SENTENCES WITH THE CLASS

EXERCISE 19. CAN YOU SPEAK REAL ENGLISH?

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