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Good manners

This activity is all about manners and etiquette. This can be an interesting topic to discuss with your students, especially if there are cultural differences regarding norms of behaviour between the country you're working in and the UK.

This activity was first published on the British Council's Language Assistant website.

Preparation
Write up two columns with headings on the board:

Good Manners
Bad Manners
   


Procedure

  • This is a simple introductory activity to get across the idea of manners, both good and bad.
  • Draw the table on the board and give students a few ideas to get them going.
  • Then they should fill their table with as many examples of good and bad manners as they can think of.
  • Ask students to read the statements about manners in the UK. There are three that are FALSE. See if they can find them. ( The three false ones are: 3, 4 and 6.)

 

In the UK...

1. ... do stand in a queue when you wait for a bus or to pay for something in a shop.
2. ... don't spit on the street.
3. ... do burp loudly after a meal.
4. ... don't apologise if you bump into somebody on the street.
5. ... do say ‘please' and ‘thank you' at every opportunity.
6. ... don't cover your mouth when you yawn or sneeze.
7. ... don't greet people with two kisses.
8. ... don't pick your nose in public.

  • Once the students have finished, ask them to decide on a list of do's and don'ts for good manners in their country.

 

Jo Budden, British Council, Spain

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