Room 101 – Speaking & Listening

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Room 101
Interviewing skills:
Speaking & Listening
Recall previous knowledge:
List three types of interviewing
Write your answers on the
Room 101 – Speaking & Listening
All will be able to:
To prepare for and contribute to a formal
discussion of ideas and opinion, in this case an
Write script for interview and create an
animated discussion.
Room 101
Supposing you had the chance to get rid of some
of your worst nightmares, what would they be?
While working for the BBC, novelist George Orwell spent many of his most boring meetings in a
place called 'Room 101'. It left such an impact on Orwell that when he came to write his novel
Nineteen Eighty-Four, he turned Room 101 into the place that contains the worst thing in the
world, designed to scare that person into obeying their master, Big Brother.
BBC’s Room 101 hosted by Paul Merton interviews celebrities where they are able to finally get
rid of the things they hate the most... forever. The show was designed to be the opposite of
Desert Island Discs, in which people talked about the things they liked. In Room 101, they talked
about the things they hated, with Merton deciding whether to banish the proposed item to the
It is now your chance to banish the things you hate in the world. During your interview you
must put forward a persuasive argument if you want your wishes to be granted…
Room 101
This is a paired task:
The interviewer must ask interesting, probing
interviewee as given enough evidence to
support banishment.
The interviewee must respond to the
interviewer giving valid reasons why they
wish to banish the three items.
BBC’s TV Show Room 101
with Ricky Gervais and
Richard E Grant
Room 101
Now you have gained an idea of the
task; you need to plan and write the
interview script with your partner.
However, before you do, read the
The Rules
There are certain rules you must follow:
You have to propose three things to go into the room.
You must not choose a tutor or other members of the class.
You must not select anything which may cause offence to
others , for example: no racist, sexist or homophobic
comments etc.
Make specific choices, not ‘annoying soaps’ be more precise
for example: EastEnders.
Avoid ‘heavy’ subjects, for example: drugs.
You must answer the interviewer’s questions about your
choices and try to persuade him/her to include your
Rules for writing good interview questions
Always plan an interview before you write it. Start by making a short
list of the things you want to include.
Don’t use Yes/No questions
If the person you are interviewing can answer your questions by just
saying “yes” or “no”, then it will not be a very interesting discussion.
Do you like
Rules for writing good interview answers
The interview has got to sound realistic … think
about your answers to the questions. You must use
persuasive language and argue your case.
Once your have prepared your interview script, go to
GoAnimate site.
Create an animated interview
Share and present your animation to your group
Remember this is a
Speaking and
Listening controlled
assessment which
forms part of your
English assessment.
Therefore prepare
Achievement will only be
awarded to learners who
have clearly prepared; with a
written and well planned
Miss Marks
The Examiner
Assessment criteria:
Listen to and respond
appropriately to
other points of view
Make contributions to
discussions that are
relevant to the
Peer Assessment
Write a list of all the things you thought
your partner did really well during their
Include things linked to the
objectives, but also include things that
were not.
Write a list of everything s/he did right.
Give examples.
Self Assessment
What really made you think this
What have you learnt?
What did you find difficult?
What do you need more help with?
If you were teaching this class,
what would you change?
What activities would you have
Plenary & Self Assessment
Review learning objectives:
Did you plan and contribute to the
Did you reflect this in your self assessment?
If you were to go back in time and start today’s
lesson again, what would you change and why?

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