Author: Muriel Raes
Dialogue is used as an introductory teaching technique to present English grammar and facilitate conversation. Using Plotagon will stir students’ interest when they listen to the other pairs’ dialogues at the end.
(young) adults/ CEFR level A2 onwards
Create a dialogue to practise a grammar structure (example: obligation)
- Tell students that they will write a dialogue using a specific grammar structure (a tense, modal verbs, …)
- Tell them what the setting for the situation is (in the example a conversation between a landlady and a tenant, so we’ll use the teenage bedroom)
- Students should think about what their characters are like (easy-going, strict, …)
- Hand out the tablets
- Students create the characters for their story in the plotagon app and write the dialogue; circulate to help where necessary
- Finally, they record the voices, paying special attention to pronunciation and intonation
Another way of using this exercise is as a role play: instead of asking students to write a dialogue from scratch, give them a role card with information about their character
- Work in pairs. You are going to write a dialogue between a landlady/landlord and a prospective tenant.
- The tenant should ask what is or isn’t allowed.
- Use all of the following structures: allow, let, must, mustn’t, have to, obligatory, can, can’t, should, ought to, had better
- Create both characters and use the teenage bedroom as the scene.
- Don’t forget to add facial expressions for your characters, to make the story come to life.
- Finally, record the dialogue. Try to pronounce the words correctly!