STORY: BAD GIFTS, GOOD REACTIONS

CLASSROOM-READY NARRATIVE

Meet Dominic. A man of character, Dominic has a lot of personality but it is not in his nature to be ungrateful or plain rude. A single man in his late 40s, he enjoys his little quirks, shrinks from socializing and is no longer looking for the other half. Depending on a single source of (well above-average!) income, he can afford to spend his money as he likes, often living beyond his means. At first glance, you can easily spot evidence of his sophisticated taste in high fashion – always the best cut and the richest, finest fabrics. His London residence boasts lavish but tasteful interior design with fine art pieces that cost a fortune, every single one of them. As a great fan of fine dining, he will eat out in the most elegant restaurants on a daily basis, unable to stomach convenience foods and ready meals. What singles him out from the crowd of his British friends with deep pockets is his aversion to … tea and technology.

Now, imagine his reaction when he gets these gifts from his mates at the office Christmas party:

  • a paperback recipe book Microwave Recipes for One
  • a pair of cheap grey socks
  • a second-hand non-fiction book on how to use obsolete computer software, with an obsolete floppy disc attached
  • a white church candle
  • an ugly-looking brightly coloured teapot with a matching cup
  • a flashy bright vintage Hawaiian shirt, made of cheap nylon fabric

Consider two scenarios:

  1. Dominic is cranky after 6 hours of difficult negotiations and decides to speak his mind in a blunt way.
  2. Full of Christmas spirit and compassion, Dominic decides to fake appreciation.

THE STORY BEHIND OUR STORY

The story was inspired by the Acting Masterclass with Benedict Cumberbatch, featured by the Hook Magazine:

You will find the entire lesson plan in our FREE collection of activities & lesson ideas, Inspiration Giveaway fro EFL Teachers – click on the button below:

MINIMAL LEVEL

  • B1

JUICY BITS OF LANGUAGE

  • a man of character
  • have a lot of personality
  • be not in your nature to do sth
  • lavish, tasteful interior design
  • every single one of (them)
  • single you out from …
  • depend on a single source of  income
  • live beyond your means
  • cost a fortune
  • with deep pockets
  • shrink from doing sth
  • be unable to stomach sth
  • (feel) aversion to sth/sbd
  • little quirks
  • (look for/find) the other half
  • at first glance
  • boast sth

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