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Let's Talk! Conversation Drivers and Stoppers Direct vs Indirect Language Sarcasm and Humor
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What are three things you did over the weekend?.
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What is a conversation driver?
What is a conversation driver?
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Telling someone exactly what you are thinking or feeling.
What is direct language?
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When a person says something, but actually means the opposite of what they said.
What is Sarcasm?
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What is your favorite food?
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Something that stops a conversation from continuing; the other communication partner may become confused or not understand.
What is a conversation stopper?
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Talking around something; not exactly saying what we mean or asking for something directly.
What is indirect language?
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You're not actually saying what you mean. These are "disguised" or hidden in the words that you actually say. You have to decipher the meaning.
What are disguised thoughts?
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Where is your favorite place to vacation/visit?
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Give an example of conversation drivers.
- using good eye contact
- staying on topic
- making sure each person gets a turn to talk
Give an example of conversation drivers.
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- use our eyes to give clues
- make a comment or a question about something rather than asking for it
- wait to see if the other person offers
What is an example of a skill needed to use indirect language?
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- to be funny with friends
- to lighten a stressful situation
Why might someone use sarcasm?
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How many pets do you have? What are their names?
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- not using good eye contact
- not responding on topic
- using a tone of voice that sounds uninterested
Give an example of a conversation stopper.
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- maybe when asking for a small favor
- if we want to be more polite or make others feel comfortable
- when we don't know the person that well
When/why would we need to use indirect language?
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- listen to the tone of their voice
- the person may place stress on certain words
- look at the person's mood
How can you tell if someone is using sarcasm?
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What are you looking forward to the most for this summer?
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- answers may vary
- ex. I'm not sure I understand. Could you repeat that?
- ex. Could you explain what you mean?
- ex. tell them that you are a little confused.
If someone is talking about a topic that you don't know about, what could you say to maintain the topic?
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- when we know the person really well (ex. when talking with your parents)
- when it's something that you need to get across to someone else (ex. if you need help on a math question in class, you would use direct language to ask for help)
When/why would we use direct language?
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- listen to the person's tone of voice
- think about the words they use and if they fit the situation
- read the person's mood
- ask the person if they're using sarcasm if you don't know.
Give an example of a skill needed to detect sarcasm.




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