If you’re partner hasn’t been eating very healthily for the last few weeks and asks you ‘Do I look fat today?’, what do you say? If you tell the truth, you’ll ruin their day (and probably your sex life) or maybe they will appreciate the honesty – who knows.
You see your friend’s partner on the street kissing another person – What do you do? Most people would tell their friend immediately but should you? is it your business? could it jeopardise your friendship?
You’re gay and not ready to come out but people are asking you? Sure, you could tell the truth but can you wholeheartedly trust the people you love to accept you? What are the short-term/long-term consequences?
We are all taught from a child that lying is wrong but then why is it so easy? We all do it. We do it to protect ourselves, we do it to protect others and we do it because sometimes telling the truth feels like giving up the control in a situation.
and so, is lying inherently bad?
These are some questions and situations I like to discuss with my students at the beginning of the class before eliciting some good vocab – for example;
to tell a lie
to tell the truth
to tell a whopper/a tall tale
to fib / tell a fib (UK)
to detect a lie
a white lie
to get away with a lie
to get caught (in a lie)
After this, get them to discuss the questions with a partner and then pre-teach the vocabulary on the worksheet, get them to match to the definitions and maybe make some example sentences together if they are finding the vocab too difficult.
Next, tell them they are going to watch a talk about children lying – Ask them ‘Do you think children lie more than adults or adults lie more than children – why?’ – hold a little discussion with your class and then get them to take a look at the questions before watching the video.
After you have gone through the answers and checked their understanding of what was said in the talk – have them discuss the questions in groups and get some feedback.
If I have some time left, I usually play 3 truths and a lie. If you don’t know this game, it’s very fun! Do an example for your students. Write 4 things about yourself, 3 true and 1 lie. Ask them to try and detect the lie, hold a small discussion and then reveal who is right. Put your students in groups and ask them to do the same.
I have met JK Rowling. (t)
I have lived in Italy. (t)
I have been a teacher for 7 years. (f)
I have met Amy Winehouse. (t)