TESOL/Accusations

From Wikiversity
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Why didn't you see that iceberg!

Key sentences

Making accusations Defending oneself
How did you (disaster) ? Look, I've been very (adjective) lately.
Making accusations Defending oneself
Why didn't you (noun) ? Look, I thought you were (verb).
Making accusations Defending oneself
This is just (adjective). Hey, it's not that bad.
Listen, it's not all my fault.

Drills

Say these sentences without looking.

How did you (disaster) ?
disaster sentence
let this happen How did you let this happen ?
forget How did you forget ?
make that mistake How did you make that mistake ?
confuse them How did you confuse them ?
Look, I've been very (adjective) lately.
adjective sentence
busy Look, I've been very busy lately.
stressed Look, I've been very stressed lately.
tired Look, I've been very tired lately.
sick Look, I've been very sick lately.
Why didn't you (noun) ?
noun sentence
prepare Why didn't you prepare ?
order enough food Why didn't you order enough food ?
check the time Why didn't you check the time ?
double check Why didn't you double check ?
Look, I thought you were (verb).
verb sentence
in charge of that Look, I thought you were in charge of that.
aware of it Look, I thought you were aware of it.
fine with it Look, I thought you were fine with it.
taking care of that Look, I thought you were taking care of that.
This is just (adjective).
adjective sentence
ridiculous This is just ridiculous.
unacceptable This is just unacceptable.
outrageous This is just outrageous.
perfect This is just perfect.

Example

Practice this conversation.

Making accusations Defending oneself
How did you (let this happen) ? Look, I've been very (busy) lately.
Making accusations Defending oneself
Why didn't you (prepare) ? Look, I thought you were (in charge of that).
Making accusations Defending oneself
This is just (ridiculous). Hey, it's not that bad.

Change partners. Use your imagination and change the sentences.

Exercise

Use your imagination. Make your own conversation.

Making accusations Defending oneself

How did you ... ?

Look, I've been very ... lately.

Making accusations Defending oneself
Why didn't you ... ? Look, I thought you were ....
Making accusations Defending oneself
This is just .... Hey, it's not that bad.

Change partners. Use your imagination and make another conversation.

Practice

Making accusations Defending oneself
Your partner was planning something. It turned out to be a disaster. Confront them about it. Maybe it was
  • a date
  • a presentation at work
  • a school project
  • a party
Explain what happened.

Further study


Nuvola apps edu miscellaneous.svg Resource type: this resource is a lesson in English as a second language.