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#19 Gossip - "I heard it through the Grapevine"


Everyone loves to gossip. Today's lesson in a Can harnesses that energy. It is a very simple lesson which gets intermediate or advanced level students really producing creative language.

Prepare -- Write the following chunks on the board.

1. The word on the street is....
2. Don't pass this around but.....
3. Keep this quiet but.....
4. I heard it on the grapevine......
5. Just between you and me .......
6. It's said that.........
(add your own)

Start gossiping about class members but pretend it is true. Get the students reaction! Ex. "I heard that James is in love with..........!" Pretend it is all true....

Practice - Give each student a blank piece of paper. At the top, have students write.

I heard it through the grapevine that (name).....................................................!

Tell them to insert the name of the person sitting to their left and complete the gossip. Then pass their sheet to the person on their right who continues spreading the gossip by writing more information about it and using another gambit or chunk. Students continue this....it becomes hysterical!

After the papers have made it around the classroom and got to 8-9 students. Collect them and read a few. It will be hilarious. Keep some for the beginning of the next class to read and correct for errors/feedback. Post up for students to read on their downtime....

End -- Play the song "I heard it through the Grapevine" . Students fill in the blanks.

Karaoke - Heard it Through the Grapevine  (You'll need our player - get it HERE)  GifLingua Book and Quiz -Gossiping


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Here are some cool gossip role play cards for doing the above activity in class. Also see attached a lesson plan with role play cards you can also use. 

Download Gossip Cards         Download Gossip Role Play Cards

Here are a couple more "gossip" related resources. 

A nice powerpoint outlining the main "gambits" to use when spreading gossip. 

A reading exercise and worksheets for noticing gossip. 

Rumor cards and activity.

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