Drew Bassett Drew Bassett

Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about vocabulary and lexis as it relates to living in a town or city. The lesson will be 45 minutes and will utilize the PPP approach. This is the first lesson in a series of three. By the end of the lesson, the students will have successfully completed a categorization exercise, a gap-fill activity, and a small dramatization or role play of the target language.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of words related to city life in the context of one's home town

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation or exchange in the context of city life


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students to raise their hand if they agree with this statement: Istanbul is the best city in the world to live in. For those that agree, ask why? For those that disagree, ask them to share their opinion on what city is the best in the world to live in. Ask students what is great about living in Istanbul? What's not so great?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Present the vocabulary from the lesson using the images, posting them onto the board one by one. Nominate students to identify the image before giving the correct word. Have students repeat the words through choral drilling after each word is correctly identified

Highlighting (5-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Once all words are identified, ask students if they can group them into the following categories in pairs: Public Transport, Types of Accomodation, Nightlife/Culture, Other. See if there are any other words they can think of to add to each category.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Direct students' attention to Exercise 3 from the TP3 handout. Give students approximately 10 minutes to complete the exercise. Go over the correct answers as a class.

Free Practice (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Have the students work in pairs or small groups to come up with a role play/dramatization of one of the chosen vocabulary words. Give about 5 minutes for preparation, walking around the class to check progress and give ideas or answer any questions as necessary. For the last 10 minutes, have students come to the front of the class to act out their word or words while the rest of the class guesses which word they are acting out.

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