Amina Amina

Telling Stories
Intermediate level


Abc CD
Abc video
Abc Pictures
Abc Text

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a story telling activity in the context of creating and telling a ghost story.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about A ghost story
  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about A ghost story


Warmer/Lead-in (6-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Set context by showing a video of a ghost story. Ask students if they believe in ghosts/ have seen a ghost before. Where do they usually take place? abandoned house/ castle/ cemetery When? at night How is the weather usually? thick fog

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

1- Hang different pictures of a ghost story board on the wall. Tell students that the come from a story called the guest. Ask ss to look at the pictures and find the following thing. ss are handed Important items form the story on slips of paper and asked to work in pairs and identify the picture they belong in. Feed back as a whole class. 2- Give SS parts of the story ( short paragraphs) and ask them to work in pairs and match the paragraph to the appropriate picture. Ask ss to walk around, read the paragraphs and say if they agree with the matching or not. Feedback as a whole class 3- Ask students to put the pictures in the right order. 4- Listen and check order.

Useful Language (7-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Give SS a copy of the story in order and ask then to read it quickly and highlight time expressions such as "one evening" and adverbs/ expressions for telling stories. Elicit expressions from SS and write them on the board as they are given.

Productive Task(s) (16-18 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

1- Add picture and ask students to work in groups of 3 and think of an ending to the ghost story. Go around helping and monitoring. Feedback: ss share their endings then listen to the recording to the ending of the story. 2- Explain that a good story has a beginning, a middle, and and end. Give SS 3 min and ask them to create a ghost story. Go around helping and monitoring. 3- Divide SS into groups of 4 and ask them to sit in a circle and take turns telling each other their stories. Listen in for problems related to past simple and past perfect and their pronunciation. (focus of the module)

Feedback and Error Correction (6-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Round up: error correction. Give SS written sentences with mistakes made by ppl in their group and ask them to work to try to correct them as a group. Feedback as a whole class.

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