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Escape the dinner party

  1. 1. A live listening / interactive story / escape room role-playing game #ELTESCAPE Graham Stanley, May 2020 ESCAPE THE FAMILY DINNER PARTY
  2. 2. Small talk What language do we use for socialising? Apologising and making excuses What things do we say to apologise / to make excuses? ESCAPE THE FAMILY DINNER PARTY
  3. 3. Small talk The weather’s lovely/horrible today, isn’t it? How is school / work? Did you see the news today? What’s new? How was your week / weekend? Did you have a good day? Apologising and making excuses I’m very sorry, but… Unfortunately, I have to… Sorry for the inconvenience, but… I’m afraid I have to… I’m sorry to trouble you, but… I hate to say this, but… I’ve got a bit of a problem, you see… Apologies, but… ESCAPE THE FAMILY DINNER PARTY
  4. 4. What was it we have to remember to do?
  5. 5. 19:00
  6. 6. 19:30
  7. 7. 19:45
  8. 8. 20:00
  9. 9. 20:15
  10. 10. 20:30
  11. 11. 20:45
  12. 12. 21:00
  13. 13. 21:3021:30 21:30

Notas do Editor

  • This is a live listening / interactive story / role-playing game designed to encourage speaking among EFL students.
    It can be played in a classroom or online and requires no other materials other than this powerpoint, a teacher and students.

    To use, follow the instructions in the notes section, asking students to supply answers to the questions and moving the story forward to a resolution.

    The scenario can be played with different levels of students (you can grade the language to suit) and is meant for them to practise their general speaking skills, although the language of excuses and socialising will be mainly used. Because of this, it is an ideal game for B1-B2 level students.

    The game should take around 20-30 minutes to play. If you want to make this more like a RPG, you can use dice to determine the reactions to what the players say, although this is optional.

    Images created using https://www.doodly.com/
  • Scenario: Every year, your Uncle Baco and Aunt Camila hold a dinner party to celebrate your cousin David’s birthday. All of David’s cousins are invited, along with Grandpa Philip and Grandma Mary. You don’t particularly like your cousin David, but you have promised your parents you will go and you have accepted the invitation.

    On the day of the dinner party, a surprise announcement is made about a very special event that is happening in the town hall at 10pm that night (What is it? Ask the students to tell you). There is limited space at the town hall and so you will all need to leave the dinner party by 9pm in order to get there in time.

    Unfortunately, past experience tells you that these dinner parties usually go on late, and don’t finish until 11pm. (Why? Because the food is usually served later than expected and David and his family love to play board games after dinner)

    This time, though, you are all determined to escape the dinner party by 9pm, but without upsetting anyone. The invitation asked you to be at the house at 7pm, but you know they don’t expect you to be punctual. However, you have an idea (What? f you arrive early and offer to help with the food, perhaps you can leave on time.)
  • In particular students will be socialising / practising small talk / making polite conversation; apologising; making excuses and promises. If you feel it necessary, you can pre-teach this language or deal with it as you go along / afterwards.

    Use this slide if you want to brainstorm with students before the game begins.

  • In particular students will be socialising / practising small talk / making polite conversation; apologising; making excuses and promises. If you feel it necessary, you can pre-teach this language or deal with it as you go along / afterwards.

    Use this slide if you want to share this language with students before the game begins.

    While the students are speaking, take note of the language they use and deal with errors once the game has finished. Afterwards, you should also look at the language of excuses.

    If you want to add more of a game element to this, then you can award points to students who use these phrases correctly.
  • Before you set off for the dinner party, your mother reminds you some of the things you need to do when you are there…

    “So, remember to each buy cousin David a birthday present before you go. He’s just started studying law at university, so something related to that, a book or something for him to wear when he’s doing work experience would be useful. Or you could always get him another board game…you know how much he likes those…
    …Don’t ignore Aunt Camila like she said you did the last time. I know she’s usually in the kitchen most of the time during the dinner party, but please make sure you send her my love and tell her I’ll call her tomorrow to ask how the party went…
    …Don’t forget to laugh at uncle Baco’s jokes, no matter how bad they are. You know he gets upset when nobody laughs at his jokes.
    …As usual, please don’t let Grandpa Philip tell any of those stories about when he was in the war. We all know he wasn’t in any war and he embarrases everyone when he tells those stories he makes up.
    …Finally, remember to be patient with Grandma Mary as she is losing her hearing. If she doesn’t understand what you say, then please take the time to tell her again.

    Just before you leave, your mother reminds you of the most important thing… Remember to be kind to everyone and make sure nobody gets upset with you. I am still embarrassed by what happened last year (What happened last year?)
  • Do you remember what you have to do before and at the dinner party?

    Ask the students to tell you what they have to remember to do…

    1. Buy cousin David a birthday present each. What do you buy him?
    2. Don’t ignore Aunt Camila and tell her your mother Will call her tomorrow to ask her about the party
    3. Laugh at uncle Baco’s jokes
    4. Don’t let Grandpa Philip tell any of his invented war stories
    5. Finally, remember to be patient with Grandma Mary as she is losing her hearing
  • After buying presents for cousin David, you arrive early to the dinner party and Aunt Camila opens the door…

    “Hello! I didn’t expect you to be so early. I’m still cooking, so please take a seat in the living room. There’s nobody else there, but make yourself at home, turn on the TV…”

    WHAT THE SS SHOULD DO: Help Aunt Camila in the kitchen to prepare the food….
  • Because you helped Aunt Camila, the food is now ready and Aunt Camila asks you to take it out to the table while she calls for the others.

    Uncle Baco is the first to arrive in the dining room…

    “Hello again and welcome! Wow! How you have all grown since I last saw you! Please sit down. I want to catch up with you all. My wife can bring the rest of the food to the table…

    Let me tell you a joke. Can I? I have a really good one I think you all being language tachers will appreciate…ready? How many eggs does it take to make an omelette? Ermmmm…no, that’s not right….what was it again? Et me see if I can remember….something about a French omelette….erm yes, that was it…Do you need two eggs to make a French omelette? Well? No, one egg is enough! Ha! Ha! Get it? It’s the French for egg…that’s the punchline, see…pretty good, eh? Do you know any jokes?
  • Uncle Baco goes to find his son while Grandma Mary and Grandpa Philip arrive at the table. What do you say to them?

    Grandma Mary: I’m sorry, dears, I didn’t quite hear what you said?

    Grandpa Philip: Did I ever tell you about the time I… was stuck in the trenches in Normandy? / jumped out of a plane in Vietnam? / fought against the Taliban in Afghanistan?
  • Cousin David arrives at the table…

    The ss should make small talk / wish him a happy birthday / give him presents.

    He has recently dropped out of his law course at university, so he will be upset when he receives some of the presents and will go to his room… he can be persuaded to return to the table

    When he comes back down, the food is served
  • The food is served and small talk at the table…

    Grandma Mary cannot hear
    Grandpa Philip Will try to talk about a war story
    Unclu Baco will try to tell a joke… about a bear, a cave and French cheese (Camenbert)
    Cousin David will be quiet
    Aunt Camila will be in the kitchen, not at the table…
  • Now, dessert….birthday cake….

    “You can’t leave until you’ve tried David’s birthday cake…and then we’ll all play Scrabble…or Monoploy…”

  • The idea of playing board games is suggested… the ss will have to come up with excuses if they are to escape the party…

    If they stay to play the board games, it depends on which one they play, but Scrabble or Monopoly will take them past 21:00
  • The idea of playing board games is suggested… the ss will have to come up with excuses if they are to escape the party…

    If they stay to play the board games, it depends on which one they play, but Scrabble or Monopoly will take them past 21:00
  • The idea of playing board games is suggested… the ss will have to come up with excuses if they are to escape the party…

    If they stay to play the board games, it depends on which one they play, but Scrabble or Monopoly will take them past 21:00

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