Category Archives: Speaking

Intonation: Questions

In the 7th episode of the first season of Friends, Chandler’s colleague Shelly makes him a… weird proposal! By exploring this one-minute passage with students, we can get them talking about making a faux pas and, at the same time, discuss the different intonation patterns for questions in English.

 

Friends – 004 – Intonation – episode 7 – Faux pas

Speaking: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

In the second episode of the first season, the friends have a very funny conversation about the differences between men and women when it comes to relationships and, more specifically, sex.

The topic can be a bit taboo, so I tried to approach it in the least… sexual way. In the teachers’ notes, however, there are some very simple ideas on how to focus more directly on the sexual metaphors used and on metaphorical use of language in general. Regardless of how you use the activity, however, I’m sure this will generate a lot of discussion.

Friends – 002 – Men are from Mars Women are from Venus – s01e02