Topic: Pragmatics....... Role Playing
Students will increase their pragmatic skills by identifying inappropriate vs. appropriate behaviors.
Students will differentiate behaviors that are seen and behaviors that are heard.
Students will increase their sensitivity to others.
Students will increase self-awareness of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors based on context.
1. Discuss with your students what the words appropriate and inappropriate mean. Discuss context by explaining
that everything has a time and place.
e.g. Shouting HELP if someone is hurt is appropriate, but yelling during class for no reason is not appropriate.
2. Explain that sometimes behaviors that are heard or seen are very distracting to others or are inappropriate.
(shouting, picking your nose, making silly faces)
3. Play charades demonstrating distracting or inappropriate behaviors and explain why they are inappropriate. Tell
your students "The rule is, if you are acting out a behavior of your classmate you may NOT mention the name of
the person who acts this way". If students start mentioning names or making fun of their classmates tell them they
will be disqualified. Act out appropriate behaviors too, and explain why they are appropriate.
I did this lesson with a group of students who had serious behavior problems not only during speech therapy but
in class also. I spoke with the classroom teacher and said I’d like to do a lesson with the whole class on
appropriate behaviors. My two therapy students were the star students in this lesson. They were my two
helpers, and acted out various behaviors. They had fun and were very excited about the positive attention they
got from their classmates and teacher. We discussed with the whole class why these behaviors were
inappropriate. We were not allowed to discuss names of any students who engage in such behaviors during
class. Then I got several enthusiastic volunteers from the class to act out more behaviors. This lesson does not
require any materials. The students had a blast!!
Students will increase their pragmatic skills by verbally providing compliments to their peers 4/5 times.
NONE or Write a list of adjective on the board.
1. Discuss with your students what the word compliment means.
2. Discuss why people like to hear compliments and model examples of compliments. E.g. You have a nice
dress. Your hair looks amazing.
3. Have each student say a compliment to their peer. Provide carrier phrases if needed. You can have rounds of
Round 1: compliment your friend’s clothes. Each student has to provide a compliment about the clothing the
students in the group are wearing. Round 2: compliment you friends smile, or features.
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