Language Support Program Teaching Procedure Observational Profile Area Talk to the hat. Using language to achieve pur- poses Language Focus Suitable for Years Prep-6 To use language appropriate in a milkbar, an elderly person. to the conversation partner and situation e.g. Peer in the Suitable For playground, School Principal in Small Group his office, Parent, Shopkeeper Pairs Whole class (for younger years) Materials A variety of hats to depict the conversation partner e.g. baseball cap, bowler hat, school hat, straw hat, visor. Procedure Working in pairs, students Name use (Mr, mate, dude, sir, choose a hat and then act first names). out a conversation using Conversation topic (what’s appropriate language. appropriate) Things to keep in mind Language (using slang etc) and to discuss at the end of the activity: Greeting types (formal, casual) Notes Younger children may find it hats. Discuss greetings, easier doing this activity as a language, topics etc and what class with the teacher or aide types would be appropriate to acting as the ‘hat’ person, or each “hat’ person e.g. which being the mediator between 2 person could you say “hey younger students. dude” to? Who would you call Mr or Sir? Alternatively, start the activity by having a number of students stand at the front of the class wearing all of the Document prepared by Hugh McCusker and Lee Oliver (Lewis & Lewis 2006). Based on material developed by Dr John Munro in conjunction with the Victorian Department of Education & Training.
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