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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Role Plays and Structures

~ Contents ~ Basic Text Talk ~ Topic 4 ~ House and Home ~

Pre-Talk ~ Gerunds ~ Print: .docx /.doc


gerund is a noun made from a basic verb by adding "-ing"

When it follows an actual verb, you make the structures below


In English, there are no rules for which actual verbs ¡°trigger¡± this structure

You might say gerunds are rule-independent and not essential

That is, speakers are usually understood with or without gerunds

You will become familiar with gerunds in time


Example questions: ¡°trigger¡± verb (green) + gerund (purple)


Q1: Who do you enjoy meeting (in the afternoon)? What for?

Q2: What do you like/dislike eating (in the morning)? Why?

Q3: Where do you avoid going (on holidays)? Why?

Q4: How often do you postpone cleaning (at home)?

Q5: What do you waste time doing (as a habit)?

Q6: Which programs do you like/dislike watching on TV?

Q7: Where do you like/dislike dining out? Why?

Q8: What do you imagine doing in the next few months?

Q9: Who do you spend time hanging out with? What do you do?

Q10: What do you recall doing in high school/at university?


Select or make some of your own questions using gerunds


Talk ~ Role Play


A) Do you live in an apartment or a house?


B) I live in a  ________________________________________ .


A) When did you move there?


B) I moved there  _____________________________________________ .


A) How many rooms are there?


B) There are _____________ :  ___________ ,  __________ , ___________ ,


_____________ , and _____________________________ .


A) Tell me about your _________________ (choose living room or kitchen).


B) Well,  ____________________________________________________ .


A) Do you have any plants in your home?


B1) No. I don't have any plants


B2) Yes. I have a few. I have ____________________________________ .


B3) Yes. I really like plants. I have ___________________________________ .


A) How about artwork?


B1) No. I don't have any paintings.


B2) Yes. I have a few. I have ____________________________________ .


B3) Yes. I really like art. I have ___________________________________ .

How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures                                                             Print Role Plays: .docx / .doc


1)   To begin with, as a class, in groups, in pairs, look up, talk about, and practice the role play vocabulary

2)   Then, fill in the blanks according to the topic (assisted by students, the teacher, and the internet)

3)   After that, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, practice the role plays you have created

4)   Next, try to make variations in your responses (remember role plays don¡¯t have to be true)

5)   Finally, perform your role play in front of the class with a partner or several partners

       (Challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues. Enjoy the process)