Introdution and speaking
Appreciation of a clip of the American TV series Do they have a pleasant talk?
In which photo do you think they are making small talk?
They are making small talks! Right?
What are the features of small talk?
informal, light, unimportant polite, friendly, relaxing, ordinary …
Can you guess where the following small talk happen? T: What do you think of yesterday’s football match between your class and Class 3? S1: It’s great. S2: We won. T: Do you know why you won? S3: We are strong. At school.
Woman: Ah, this bus seems to be running late. How long of a wait is it already? Man: I've been here for at least fifteen minutes now. Woman: Where are you heading today? Man: Actually, I'm going to the City Hall to cast my vote for mayor. Man: Oh, here's our bus. Woman: Oh great. At a bus stop.
Woman: Hi there. Man: Hi. I haven't seen you around here before. Have you been working long? Woman: No, I've only been here a few months. I work in the Human Resources Department. Man: Oh, you must make more money than I do then. I'm in Sales. Woman: Sales sounds like an interesting job. At the office.
Do you think where it happens?
Place it happens
party, Kara OK, trip, playground, café ,
cinema, park, bus stop, restaurant, school, office…
What is small talk?
Look at these definitions and answer the questions. 1. Informal conversation about things that are not important.
— Macmillan English Dictionary
2. Light conversation that people make at social occasions about unimportant things: We stood around making small talk.
— Collins Cobuild English Dictionary
3. Polite friendly conversation about unimportant subjects.
— Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
4.Conversation about ordinary or unimportant matters, usually at a social event: He has no small talk (this sentence means that he is not good at talking to people about ordinary or unimportant things).
— Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary4
Read the dictionary definitions above and answer the questions.
1 Which definitions make small talk sound like a positive thing? No.3 2 Which definitions refer to places where small talk might take place?
No.2 and 4
3 Why is it a problem if someone has no small talk? They find it difficult to make new friends. 4 What do you think is the Chinese for “small talk”?
Speaking Imagine that you and your friends are at a restaurant, cafe, or your own dormitory (宿舍) and do small talk. There are four conversation topics you can choose.
Group 1 talk about your exams. Group 2 talk about your favorite sports Group 3 talk about your favorite singers/film stars
Group 4 talk about your hobbies
Example: A: What's your favorite sport? B: Basketball. I like the game so much that I sometimes forget my meals. And you? A : Me too. But not play, just watch. B : Really? A : Whom do you like best?
B : Yao Ming. A : I like him too.
How to make small talk? Small talk can be a big challenge, but a little preparation and confidence is all you need.
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