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Does the boy have the wrong kind of small talk?

Esther Greenbaum

Read the passage quickly and silently. B What’s the passage mainly about?______. A. The introduction

to Esther B. Esther’s wrong kind of small talk C. Esther’s stories

Read Paragraphs1-2 quietly and carefully and

then fill in the form.
Brief Introduction to Esther Greenbaum
Job Character
Motto A saleswoman Outspoken (only one word) Every time I open my mouth, I put my foot in it.

Shortcoming She had a complete absence of small talk.

Careful reading Paras.3-22
According to the stories, fill in the blanks. 1. A mature woman(Paras.3-5) typist 2. A_________(Paras.6-8) 3. A salesman (Paras.9-10) clerk Esther & 4. A ________(Paras.11-14) 5. A very famous writer(Paras.15) 6. A young man(Paras.16-18) 7. Her_______(Paras.19-22) friend

Careful reading Read Paras.3-8
D Which statement is NOT TRUE?______. A. When Esther asked the mature woman’s age, the customer felt awkward. B. The woman didn’t want to say her age. C. In fact, the typist wasn’t pregnant. D. Esther felt sorry for what she said to the typist.

Careful reading
Read Paras 9-15 silently and finish the tasks:
1.When Esther told the salesman his wife was a fool and that no one liked her, we can know that Esther cautious about other people’s feelings was never __________________________________. 2. When Esther asked how much the haircut cost, how did the woman reply? I’d rather not say.

Careful reading Paras. 16-18
Which sentence in this part is the closest in meaning to the following one? I think they picked you out in order to prevent you from working with us all through your life.

I guess they chose you to discourage you from spending your whole career with us.
discourage sb. from doing sth.
我想他们之所以挑中你是因为不想让你一辈子都跟着 我们干。

Careful reading Paras. 19-22 Pair work

Please make up a dialogue between Esther and her friend to experience the embarrassment of the wrong kind of small talk. And then act it out. Esther VS her friend Esther: Nice to meet you… Her friend: … Esther: … Her friend: …

Read the passage again.
1.Which of the following shows the organization of the passage? _________. B

A.

Para.1

B.

Para.1-2

C.

Para.1

Paras.2-18

Paras.3-22

Paras.2-22

Para.19-22

2. What’s the author’s attitude towards A Esther?_______. A. Negative. B. Positive. C. Angry. D. Uninterested.

Summary
Esther was a saleswoman who had a complete absence motto _______ of small talk. Her ______was that every time she opened her mouth, she put her____ in it foot and made her customers _________. Once she awkward asked a typist who was getting weight when her cautious baby was due. Esther was never ________about other people’s feelings. Once she thought the young man was chosen in order to __________him discourage from working with them. She also made her friends embarrassed. As a result, wherever she went, she was unpopular.

Free talk
To avoid such wrong kind of small talk, what should we do and what shouldn’t we do? Please give some advice.
Hints(提示)

1. To pay attention to the way of speaking: 2. To avoid some personal or sensitive(敏感的)topics. 3. To choose safe topics, such as weather, music… 4. To learn about the cultural differences.

Homework
Please write a letter to give Esther some advice on how to do proper small talk.
http://www.selfconfidence.co.uk/social_skills.html#

Send it to my mailbox: suxia2007@126.com


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