Stephen interviews Jennie and she talks about the difficulties of going to a high school in a poor area and compares this with the school 'posh kids' went to.
What underlies the entirety of this conversation is a discourse of education; the 'haves' and the 'have nots' and what this means in terms of life goals, expectations, behaviour, dress codes. Can the learners relate to this in terms of their prior education in their own country?
Corporal punishment (the hitting of children) was banned in UK state schools in 1986 and independent schools in 1998. Some people argue for its return because of a decline of teenage behaviour. The conversation below indicates that school behaviour was not necessarily better when corporal punishment was still in use. Ask the learners to discuss their experiences of corporal punishment in their own countries and compare with the UK.
Note the frequent use of 'quite' by this speaker; used as an adverb to indicate the extent of something, in lines:
How is 'quite' being used in each of these sentences; as an intensifier to exaggerate something (for example, very frightened) or to suggest a lesser extent (for example, a bit frightened)?
Draw attention to the potentially problematic language highlighted in bold; explained in the tutor transcript in the handout
Note the fillers, false starts, repetition and what the purposes of these are in unrehearsed, spontaneous speech. For instance, draw attention to print English and the differences; few 'natives' speak with perfect English.
Remove certain words and use transcript as an audio gapfill or standard reading gapfill.