Collaborative idea generation for ELT

This quote is taken from p34 of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

But what is that? Ah, your mobile phone! I have not previously seen its like; it is, I suspect, one of those models capable of communicating via satellite when no ground coverage is available. Will you not answer it? I assure you, sir, I will do my utmost to avoid eavesdropping on your conversation. But you are opting to write a text message instead; very wise: often a few words are more than sufficient. As for myself, I am quite happy to wait as you  navigate the keys. After all, those girls from the National College of Arts have only just finished their tea, and the pleasure of their presence on this street will persist for a few moments longer before they disappear – as inevitably they must – from view around that corner.

What would you do with this paragraph in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All of the formatting is copied from the original text.

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Comments on: "A paragraph from a book: The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (5)

  1. This might be an option. Just tweeted it this morning!

    Really works and the text is a great match.


  2. From @GrammyLatino on Twitter:
    Ask Ss to explain (using their imagination) the apparent mismatch between content & register

  3. Class discussion/debate: uses and abuses of mobiles esp. SMS. The etiquette of being there physically but not socially.

    Alternatively, brainstorm SMS abbreviations (‘FYI’/’OMG’/’LOL’ as spoken words – compare with other comms lingo (‘Hello’, ‘OK’…) that has become common parlance.

  4. I would ask students to create a description of both the speaker and the listener based on the text here. What do they imagine their history is? What are they like? How do they know each other?

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