This activity provides short listening practice based on a monologue with imaginary conversation. The monologue relays information about the speaker’s thoughts on using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. 

Derek Spafford

In this lesson, students will listen to a monologue about a persons reflection of using "please" and "thank you" in conversation. They will match how its done in other languages and complete a listening comnprehension activity. There are also suggestions for developing the theme of manners to practise specific areas of grammar. 


• To practise listening skills
• To improve students’ understanding of using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
• To introduce how to say please and thank you in other languages

Age group:



CEF level A2-B1


30 minutes plus time for developing the theme


The lesson plan, transcript and student worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below

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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.

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Many thanks for this, it looks useful. On an initial read through I spotted that the Italian for 'thank you' is written as 'grazi'. It is in fact 'grazie'. The final e is pronounced, the sound being quite close to our /e/.

Grazie Michael

I've changed the worksheet as suggested. Many thanks for pointing this out.


Dziękuję - thank you in Polish. This language has many additional elements to letters in order to show different sounds.

But it's a very useful instrument for teaching not only languages but cultures as well. To show how different we - people - can be and how sensitive or indifferent.

Thank you.

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