Mehdy Mehdy

Speaking and Pronunciation
Upper-Intermediate, module 7, page 81 level


In this lesson students learn how to act and respond in awkward situations as well as learning how to pronounce them.


Abc Course book
Abc Audio
Abc Hand out

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Conversation in the context of Awkward situations

Subsidiary Aims

  • Pronunciation


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To engage students to have them ready for the task.

I am going to start a conversation by asking them if they have ever been in a difficult or awkward situation to either engage them or pre-teach the word awkward if they do not know the meaning.

Presentation (6-7 minutes) • To engage students predicting Bella's situation and her possible answers.

I am going to use the pictures and situations in the book that happened to Bella. Students in pair are going to guess where Bella is and why the situations are awkward for her, and also find a good answer for Bella to avoid being in the situation.

Listening/Pronunciation (7-8 minutes) • To focus on the intonation in awkward situations and also to use formal and polite expressions.

I am going to play the recording 7.6 and students should compare their answers (in pairs) with Bella's if they were different or the same. In a HO I prepared the tape script for them to read and underline the phrases they do not know to check with the teacher. Before playing the recording 7.7, I am going to talk about the importance of intonation in these situations and then they are going to listen to the recording 7.7 and repeat the sentences and phrases one by one. Correction happens at this stage if needed.

Speaking (23-25 minutes) • To get a feedback on how much successful I was.

I am going to give students different hand outs and put them in pairs in different situations to write a dialogue and practice it. Monitoring and helping them on intonation, a few of them act out the conversation. And finally, put them into 2 groups of 5 people in a proposing marriage situation. One group is bride's family and the other groom's. Each group should put the other in a difficult situation by expressing their suggestions. Students should continue the conversation considering the correct intonation and politeness. I have provided some more information about this situation from internet to give my students for further studies on their own at home.(HO)

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