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WRITING A DIALOGUE (1) Read the following dialogue : I want to see you Mr Chambers, he announced breathlessly. Well?

he glared at him. I want to get four days vacation. Why, you had a vacation just two weeks ago! said Mr Chambers in surprise. Thats true, admitted the young man, but now Ive got to have another. I didnt realize you were employed as a travelling salesman said the manager in a dry voice. Im not cried George desperately, but Ive got to go. Sum up the situation. What does the first stage direction (didascalie) indicate about the character ? Read the other stage directions and say what they show us about the characters feelings and relationships. WRITING STAGE DIRECTIONS A STAGE DIRECTION is a means to give information about the characters way of speaking. You can use for example different verbs : To say (to someone) To tell someone . But also : Acknowledge add - admit apologise beg - complain confess cry declare deny exclaim - groan grumble inquire mumble order - promise protest - remark scream - stammer whisper wonder yell Most of the time the verbs in the stage directions are in the past since most stories are told in the past : Exercise 1 : Fill in the blanks with one of the following verbs in the past : Agree - shout whisper insist stammer - beg cry


Oh, Billy she ___________________,what a terrible wound ! Get out __________________Mrs Marley frantically theres the door, get out! Youre a darling she _______________ to her son. Yes, you did __________________ Simon. But I do want to go! _______________John. Please dont say anything he ____________________ . Im so sorry. Control m-myself! She _________________ Youd better ask her to c-control herself!

You can complete the stage directions with an adverb or an indication as to the tone of the voice : Ex : I guess youre busy she apologised quickly. Ex : Youre a liar! he said furiously . tone. He hit me he said in a weak voice. Im promoted he exclaimed in an enthusiastic

You can use adjectives ( low, weak, strong, angry, irritated, nervous, embarrassed ) or adverbs ( weakly, strongly, angrily, nervously, enthusiastically ) Exercise 2 : Complete the stage directions giving information about the characters way of speaking : a-Theres been some trouble she announced . b- Please, listen to me the teacher ordered c- Please come with me! Mary . d- I shouldnt have said that Gerald ... e- What could I do ? he she announced et PAS announced she * ( attention lordre des mots ).

WRITING A DIALOGUE ( 2 ) 1- PERSONALITY : useful adjectives Match the following adjectives with the definitions below : Fussy moody cool-tempered joyful grumpy bad-tempered thoughtful sulky abcdefghwho changes moods : who is very patient and level-headed : who is always grumbling : who is in a bad mood : who is helpful and kind : who is cheerful and lively : who refuses to talk : who is difficult to satisfy :

2- Writing stage directions with ADVERBS : -ly ( or -ally ) is used to build adverbs with adjectives . In the following dialogue rephrase the underlined words in stage directions with the corresponding adverb. [You will first find the corresponding adjective then add ally ( after ic) or ly. ] Ex : Its wonderful, he said with sarcasm . adjective = sarcastic adverb = sarcastically he said sarcastically . Its wonderful, he said with sarcasm . Do you think so? she replied with irony. Why, dont you? he retorted with wit. It depends, she answered with humour. On what? he insisted with mischief . On you, she murmured with love . Why me? he answered in surprise. Why not? she smiled with mystery. A good question, he laughed with amusement. Isnt it? she whispered with hope. Youre quite right, he conceded without hesitation. I always am, she added with pride. WRITING A DIALOGUE- BODY LANGUAGE(3) The following vocabulary may be useful when writing a dialogue. You can write stage directions in which you will express the characters feelings thanks to body language . Hearing :
to hear : to listen to ... : to be all ears : To overhear a conversation : to prick up one's ear : The sight : Of course you know: to see : to look at ... :

but there are many others :

Look at the definitions of these words and match them with the pictures then translate them into French: DEFINITIONS blink: shut and open the eyes quickly. How long can you stare without blinking? wink: close one eye briefly, as a signal to somebody. He winked at me to show that he was just joking. frown / scowl : look in a worried or angry way, moving down the eyebrows together. He read the telegram, frowning at its contents. stare: look at something for a long time with the eyes wide open. She was staring into space. glance: have a quick look at something. She glanced at her watch gaze: look at something or someone for a long time, in surprise or admiration. She gazed at him in disbelief when he told her the news. gape: look at something with one's mouth open. She gaped at him in surprise. glare: stare angrily or fiercely. She didn't answer, but just glared silently at me. 783412PICTURES



Touch : le toucher to touch : to shake hands with: to pat: to pound: to squeeze: to seize/ to grasp: