Cristine Eleni Andriopoulos Cristine Eleni Andriopoulos

Practice Teaching 1
Upper- Intermediate B2 level


In this lesson the students become familiar with time phrases and develop skills associated with communicating their opinions through speaking and writing in the context of "What are you optimistic about." This topic will allow students to practice their knowledge of the future verb forms. The lesson will start by clearly defining the meanings and usage of the time phrases. The students will reinforce their understanding with discussion and a worksheet. After brainstorming on the question: "What are you optimistic about? the students will complete an individual writing assignment. The students will then share their writing with the class and receive feedback.


Abc Matching time phrases hand out
Abc Images "Just Around the corner" and "Light Years Away"
Abc White Board

Main Aims

  • To give Ss practice in writing opinion paragraphs in the context of "What are you optimistic about?"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To extend Ss' awareness of future time phrases and give them the opportunity to practice them and future verb forms.


Language/Focus Presentation (3-5 minutes) • Focus Ss on the selected examples from the listening (Time phrases). Get Ss to decide the meanings of the sample Time Phrases.

*Place the two Images "Just Around the Corner" and "Light years away" side by side on the white board. *Write the text from the listening: The days of unlimited renewable energy, for example, are light years away. The days when blogs will determine elections are just around the corner. Ask the students, which time phrase means "soon" and which time phrase means "in the distant future"? This Phase serves as a warm-up/demo to the next stage

Focus on Meaning (3-5 minutes) • for students to categorize the "time phrases" depending on their meaning: soon or in the distant future

PW: Students in pairs Distribute the remaining 6 time phrases cut outs before long - any day now - a long way off in my lifetime - in the near future - just wishful thinking (omit) Light years away - just around the corner ------------------------- Instruct the students to discuss and decide the meaning of the phrase: whether, by using this phrase, what will happen will happen "SOON" or "IN THE DISTANT FUTURE"

Focus on meaning feedback and discussion (5-8 minutes) • For students to share with each other their understanding of the phrases and to clarify any questions they may have.

Designate one side of the room as "SOON" and one side "IN THE NEAR FUTURE" by writing these on opposite sides of the board. When the Ss have decided the meaning of their phrase, ask them to stand on the side of the room connected to their phrase. As a whole class discuss each phrase and answer questions. Handout the "Time Phrases Category" sheet for reference

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • Complete the Matching worksheet to further clarify the meaning and usage of Time phrases

Change Pairing of the Ss by asking them to pair with someone from the opposite group (SOON with DISTANT FUTURE) Hand out the "Matching Time Phrases Worksheet" Ss complete the worksheet in pairs Whole class feedback

Writing Preparation (8-10 minutes) • For students to brainstorm on the topic "What are you optimistic about?"

Write on the board: "What are you optimistic about?" Your Life Your City, Country, or local area The World Illicit from the Ss what being optimistic about these categories might include Life (career/family/projects/hobbies....) City, Country, or local area (sports team, entertainment, leisure, transportation, crime, social environment) World (environment, politics, conflict, technology, medicine, economy) Ask the students to choose one of the three categories which they are optimistic about. Get into these groups and discuss. What are you optimistic about? Why?

Writing Exersize (8-10 minutes) • For students to write a paragraph about what they are optimistic about using future tenses and time phrases

Hand out the "Writing Assignment" Look at the texts from the first part of class Remind the students to refer to the two texts from part 1 of class and note the structure. Suggest on the board: I am optimistic about....... I believe that... I think that... I hope that.... I am confident that.... (Time phrase) Instruct the students to use at least one time phrase sentence to end their paragraph.

Feedback (5-8 minutes) • For students to share each others' writing and get corrections from their peers. Then to share with the whole class.

PW Ss, with their completed writing assignments: work in Pairs, Ss swap their texts - read and correct any errors. Students bring their writings up, stick them to the wall and are able to read each others' writing. Ask the students who they think is the most optimistic.

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