Monday, August 23, 2010

Communication English - Offering help - formal and informal English

n Expression for offering help:

Would you like me to do it for you?
Shall I do it for you?

Can I do it for you?
How about my doing it for you?
I’ll do it for you.

n Responding to offer of help:

Positive responses:
That’s very kind of you.
Thanks a lot.

Negative responses:
No, don’t bother.
No, thanks. I can manage.

n Fillers:
Words and phrases like ‘OK’, ‘You see’, ‘Well’ are used as fillers
to help the speaker think before answering. These fillers add to the
communicative strategy in conversations.

n Phonology
n Sentence stress

I have a test in Maths tomorrow.
In the above sentence, the words have, test, Maths and tomorrow
are stressed because they carry the important meaning of the sentence.
These are called content words. But, the words I, a, and in are not
stressed because they are not important for conveying the core meaning
of the sentence. These are structure words.
In a sentence content words are stressed and structure words
are unstressed.

e.g. If you like, I could go and get the things mom wants.

A : I think this bag is too heavy for you to carry. May I carry it
for you?
B : Oh, would you? Thanks.
A : Oh, I forgot to bring my pen.
B : Could I help you with one? Here it is.
A : Thank you.
A : Shall I help you to find a mechanic?
B : no, thanks. I can manage.

TASK 1: Write a dialogue for the following situation and roleplay
it. Your uncle is leaving for bangalore. You offer to book
his train ticket.

TASK 2: With the help of your teacher identify the functions dealt
with in this unit and write dialogues for each function.
Classify them as formal, informal and neutral.

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