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Anecdote: Annoying habits

Type: Anecdote

Ben Hoyle regails us with this anecdote about a tiem when students really got into a role play.

I was teaching 'annoying habits with always' with 20-24-year-old pre-intermediates in the context of two neighbours with thin adjoining walls.

One of the two neighbours was an old lady (Mrs. X), and the other was a young guy (Steve) who had just moved in. Mrs. X had lived there for years and thought that Steve was a no-good layabout who had an unmarried living partner (actually his sister), loud parties and a bad job because he didn't wear nice clothes and came home late. I set up a role play with the students between Mrs. X and Steve. During a heated argument between the two, Mrs. X screamed,

'You are a good-for-nothing person, you are always having loud sex and you always come too late!'

I burst out laughing, and after the role play I showed the students the error on the board, to all their delight!

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