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PART TWO

CROSS-CULTURAL BEHAVIOUR:

LISTENING AND DISCUSSING

2.1. CROSS-CULTURAL BEHAVIOUR

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  1. Can you role play the two types of introductions: a self-introduction and third-party introduction?

  2. There are different ways of greeting people. And you may face different aspects of these greetings in different countries. How do you usually greet people in Belarus?

  3. Do you know the ways of greeting people in other countries?

  4. After greetings and introduction people usually talk about topics of general interest. What topics may be called topics of general interest?

  5. There are subjects that you shouldn’t talk about especially with someone you don’t know well. What do they include?

Different kinds of greeting Recording 1

 Pre-listening Task

Go over the list of words and word combinations and clear up any difficulties.

bang

say bang, bang, bang on three cheeks

chest

bow

bow according to the height of one’s hands or sort of chest height

to hug

to embrace

to slap

gosh

to tuck

to start off

 Listening Tasks

1. Listen to the recording and note down countries and greetings under the headings.

Country

Greeting

2. Listen to the recording once again and answer the following questions.

  1. Do Catriona and Bernard find it easy to greet people in different countries?

  2. What is a peculiar feature about greeting people in Thailand?

  3. Do children bow in Thailand too or do they start bowing just as they get older?

  4. Is hugging and embracing while greeting in Peru typical only of men?

  5. What do Catriona and Bernard think of the manner of greeting in Britain?

 Language Focus

Complete the following sentences according to the recording.

  1. She comes along and says … on three cheeks straight away.

  2. You are more or less … if your hands go very high to your … , it means the person you are speaking to is much more important than you are, but if you hold your hands like this, sort of … height sort of thing, you’re more or less….

  3. If you meet them in the street and they immediately … both their arms and they put them right round you and they go …….

 Follow-up Activity

Speak about different ways of greeting used by people of different social status in Belarus.

Recording 2

 Pre-listening Task

Go over the list of slang phrases. Make sure you can guess their meaning.

  1. Goin’ down the local. Fancy a pint?

  2. ‘Scuse me.

  3. New jacket…?

‘s right.

Dead smart.

  1. What’ for?

I dunno.

 Listening Tasks

  1. Listen to six short dialogues. Which one is the most formal? Why?

2. Listen to each dialogue again and try to guess where the action takes place. Fill in the table below.

Relationship

Action takes place

 Follow-up Activity

Act out conversations pretending different relations between speakers.

Inviting people to a party Recording 3

 Pre-listening Task

Make sure you know the meaning of these word combinations.

to give smb a lift

to go out for a meal

to go on to a disco

to count smb in

to book the table

to be off with flu

to have a fight with smb

to baby-sit for smb

 Listening Task

You are going to listen to four short conversations. Jim and Ann Ridley are organizing a group to go out. Ann is calling Alan Cranmer, Mary Latimer, Trish Rogers and Guy Faulkner. She invites them to have some supper together and then go to a disco.

Look through the questions. Listen to the recording twice, noting down your answers.

1. What time and place are Jim and Ann planning to meet friends?

2. Alan accepts the invitation. What does he offer to do?

3. What makes Mary accept the invitation so readily?

4. Trish Rogers can’t give the answer right now. Why?

5. Why isn’t Trish speaking to Dougie at the moment?

6. Why can’t Guy Faulkner join the group on Saturday?

7. What does Guy say he can do if things get really difficult with the kids?

 Language Focus

Write down the expressions helping.

a) to start a telephone conversation

b) to ask about life

c) to give an invitation

d) to finish a conversation

 Follow-up Activity

Make groups of 4-5 and act out short conversations following the pattern of the ones you’ve just listened to.

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