Monday 8 April 2013

How many friends do you need?

You are going to
  • discuss friendship
  • listen to a song about friends and do a gap-fill
  • listen to a discussion on friendship
  • practise the 1st conditional

1) Discuss
  • What's a friend?
  • What do friends do?

2) Listen
Watch and listen to the song from the comedy TV series Flight of the Conchords.
What do friends do?

  • What do you think of the song?
  • Is it true?
  • Is it funny?

Listen again and do the gap fill

"Friends" is written by Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement, Bret Peter T. Mckenzie
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LL

3) Discuss
How many friends do you need?
Justin Bieber said this week that he only has four friends. "I only have like four people that I keep in contact with... I don't need a bunch of friends to make me happy," he said.
Social media like Facebook allows us to have hundreds if not thousands. What is the best number of friends to have?

4) Listen 
Nikki Moore, founder of the online technology site, and Sarfraz Manzoor, writer and broadcaster, discuss how many friends is good for you.
  • How many friends do they think is the right number
  • What is a friend?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday 6 April 2013.

Listen again and do the quiz below.

Printed worksheets available here

5) Discuss
  • Do you agree / disagree with the comments made in the radio clip? Which ones? Why?
  • What's the best way to make friends?
  • Do you think it's better to have lots of friends or just few close friends? Why?

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Classroom ice breaking activity - Speed dating
Best done at the start of a course. Students have to find the person in the class they have the most in common with.
  1. Organize students in a circle.
  2. Students have two minutes to interview each other on habits, likes, dislikes etc.
  3. After 2 minutes students change places to talk to someone new. Continue until everyone has finished
  4. Each student reports to class who they have the most in common with.

Flight of the Conchords

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