Module 1 Small Talk
Introduction-1 Brainstorming（2ms) discuss the picture, you may use the following words:
topic meeting serious/
causal officials atmosphere easy friends formal/informal
Question: Do you think it is small talk? What is small talk? Can you find the definitions in the dictionaries?
? Macmillan English Dictionary ? Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English ? Collins Cobuild English Language Dictionary ? Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
Finish activity 1
1. Which definitions make small talk sound like a positive thing? The Longman definition
2. Which definitions refer to places where small talk might take place? The Collins & Oxford definition
3. Why is it a problem if someone has no small talk? They find it difficult to make friends. 4. What do you think is the Chinese for “small talk”? 闲谈，聊天
Introduction-3. Discussing (2ms)
Which of the topics do you like talking about with your friends?
careers cars examinations film stars food music politics sport travel weather
film stars, music, sport, travel, food, weather
careers, politics, examinations
Think topics as more as possible
Cars Sport Games Girls …
Shopping Makeup Junk food Boys …
Music Films Stars Travel Weather Pets Cartoon Exam
Introduction-4. Activities (5ms)
talk about the pictures in groups
You may use the following questions:
What are they talking about？ Do you think it is a small talk? What kind of talk is small talk?
What are the features of small talk?
features informal unimportant polite friendly light ordinary matter …
Place it happens
party Kara OK trip playground café cinema park bus stop restaurant …
Activities: Oral Practice
work in pairs to prepare a small talk
Imagine the situation I don't enjoy parties where I have to make small talk with complete strangers.
How to make small talk
Small talk can be a big challenge, but a little preparation and confidence is all you need.
Make small talks about your favorite topics.
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