The Tipping Point

Hello again everyone and we apologise for our prolonged absence! We hit the ground running in mid-September but we’re finally on top of things and are resuming normal service. In fact, our first post of the new academic year has shades of irony, given that the subject is tipping – something generally associated with good service! On introducing this topic in class, we discovered that not only is it quite contentious but that it’s also much misunderstood in terms of who actually gets the money and why. There are also huge variations between countries and cultures. Among other things, we’re using a video from the excellent Videojug site – a great source of inspiration for videos for class. We hope you enjoy it and that it gives you food for thought the next time you get the bill in a restaurant…..

Click here for the Teacher’s Notes.

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4 Comments on “The Tipping Point”

  1. [...] Hello again everyone and we apologise for our prolonged absence! We hit the ground running in mid-September but we’re finally on top of things and are resuming normal service. In fact, our fi…  [...]

  2. [...] Hello again everyone and we apologise for our prolonged absence! We hit the ground running in mid-September but we’re finally on top of things and are resuming normal service. In fact, our fi…  [...]

  3. Catherine Morley says:

    Thanks Tom and Steve, I did this with my group of teachers yesterday and they really enjoyed it, I especially liked the idea of getting students to diagnose the listening comprehension problems they had after the initial dictation, and the focus on some useful collocations. It’s also a topic that provokes a lot of discussion and sharing of experiences. Cheers! Catherine

    • All.at.C says:

      Thanks for the comment and the feedback Catherine. I’m a big fan of that kind of diagnostic dictation. I think it helps to unlock the “secrets” of spoken English and boosts their confidence as listeners. They find the idea that they don’t have to hear everything both revolutionary and comforting!
      All the best,
      Tom


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