I. Read the following conversational situations. Define the communicative type of the replies. Say what attitudes are conveyed in them. Give your own replies to the same conversational contexts;
|What is your favourite subject?||English.|
|He is at the institute.||Where, do you think?|
|I'll do it myself.||Don't.|
|Here's a note for you.||Thanks.|
|What do you think of the picture?||It's a true masterpiece.|
|May I have your book?||What do you want it for?|
|I shan't speak to him any more.||Don't be silly.|
|Come and look out here.||What a wonderful view!|
|Have you seen him?||I have.|
|Fm twenty-two.||How old are you?|
|(Teacher to class)||Go on.|
|So you think he's not coming.||Exactly.|
|I'm waiting for Mary.||When is she coming?|
|We are having a party tonight.||Don't stay too long there.|
|See you tomorrow.||Good-bye for the present.|
|He's coming on Saturday.||On Monday, I think.|
|May I leave you for a moment?||Be quick, then.|
|I'll leave on Friday. No, on Saturday.||Well, make up your mind.|
|What's that dress made of?||It's pure wool.|
|Which bus shall we take?||Which one do you prefer?|
|I can't do it so quickly.||Tell me how I can help you.|
|You've done a lot for him.||Not in the least.|
|I'm so sorry for her. She||You've no reason to worry.|
|seems to be terribly ill.||She'll be well very soon.|
|I don't think much of this book. I'm not taking it.||Which do you prefer, then?|
|Thanks awfully.||Don't mention it.|
|I'm afraid I can't help you.||Very well.|
2. Read the following dialogues. Express the suggested attitudes:
— What troubles you? [sympathetically interested)
— I'm quite unwell. I feel giddy and I can hardly stand on m legs. (serious)
— Any pain? (sympathetically interested)
— Yes, I've a sore throat. (conveying personal concern)
— Shall I have to stay in bed long? (genuinely interested)
— No, not more than a week, I hope. (uncertain)
— And shall I take any medicine? (genuinely interested)
— Yes, certainly. Here is a prescription for you. (weighty, catt goric)
— What is your temperature? (sympathetically interested)
— It's thirty-eight point seven.
— Please strip to the waist. I shall examine you. How long have you felt this way? (sympathetically interested)
— Several days already. I've been taking pills, but I don't feel any better.
A.: Hello, Pete, what's happened to you? Why is your arm in a sling? (sympathetically interested)
P.: I had a bad fall and broke my arm.
A.: How awful! Have you any pain now? (interested)
P.: It still hurts, but not so much as before. (reserving judgement)
D.: What's troubling you? (interested)
A.: One of my front teeth is working loose.
D.: You have to have this one out. It's a pity you didn't have it looked at before. (grumbling)
A: I wish I had. (conveying personal concern)
— I have an abscess on my finger, it hurts me awfully. (serious)
— Did you run a splinter into your finger? (interested)
— No, I happened to pick it with a wire.
— What did you do for it? (searching)
— I did nothing, I thought it would heal by itself.
— That was not very clever of you. (reprimand)
— Your voice is hoarse and your face is flushed. You must have a cold. I'm sure. Where did you manage to get it? (sympathy)
— Idon't know myself. I must have caught cold last night, when I took my coat off.
— How thoughtless of you, the evening was cold and windy. (reproachful) Now you'll have to stay in.
3. a) Listen to the dialogue. Mark the stresses and tunes. Find sense-groups and sentences pronounced with intonation Patterns I, II; III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. Say what kind of sentences they are used in. Define the attitudes expressed in them:
— Let's have tea in the garden, shall we?
— That's a good idea. Shall I take the table out?
— Yes, please. And the chairs too.
— Right. Where shall I put them?
— Oh, anywhere. I'll bring the tea.
— Good. We'll have the table here and the chairs here.
— Why have you put the table there?
— Well, you said anywhere.
— Yes, but you must be sensible. It'll be too hot there.
— Where shall I put it then?
— Bring it under the tree here. That's better.
— Now perhaps we can have some tea.
— Oh, dear. I'm sorry I've forgotten the sugar. Would you mind getting it for me?
— Not at all.
— Now where did I put the milk? Ah, here it is.
— Here's the sugar.
— Thank you. That's your cup.
— Thank you. This is very pleasant.
— It is, isn't it? But I'm a bit cold here. Do you think you could move the table again? I'm sorry to be a nuisance.
— All right. I'll put it back where it was. Is that better?
— Much. Where are you going?
— I'm going indoors. For a bit of peace and quiet.
B) Record your reading of the dialogue. Play the recording back for the teacher and your fellow-students to detect the possible errors. Practise the dialogue for test reading. Memorize and dramatize it.
c) Make up conversational situations, using the following phrases:
Let's .... shall we? It'll be too ... .
That's a good idea. That's better.
Yes, please. Now, perhaps, ... .
Right. Oh, dear, I'm so sorry.
Oh, ... . Not at all.
Well, you said ... . Do you think you could ... ?