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Lesson #4 CELTA Course. Writing: A Report
Upper Intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • To practice writing a report, in the context of changes in the family life in Russia and in Columbia

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice (for fluency) in a S-S and WC discussions, in the context of changes in the family life in South Korea, Russia and Columbia


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

The T puts 4 pictures on the blackboard, all related to family life in different cultures. What do you think they have in common? What are the possible questions that are brought up in each of these pictures? Ss answer T's questions individually.

Exposure (12-15 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading a report on changes in family life in South Korea

T. rearranges the students, so that Edgar is working with Stanislava; Zhanna is sitting between two Julias; and Kate is sitting between Dasha and Nastya. T tells Ss that they are going to read the report on changes in family life in South Korea. CCQ: 1) Do you know what a report is? ("A report is a test written for a clear purpose and to a particular audience. Specific information and evidence are presented, analysed and applied to a particular problem or issue. The information is presented in a clearly structured format making use of sections and headings so that the information is easy to locate and follow".) What structure does it have? What language is used - is it formal or informal? After Ss have read the text they should choose the best topic for each of the paragraphs (a-d) in the report, from the possible version given in the exercise. Check with ICQs! How are these words/phrases connected to the paragraphs? Do you have to choose all of them? etc. Ex A Paragraphs p 16 *Topic sentences - underline. How well do they summarize the main idea of the paragraphs? (if there is time left!)

Useful Language (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive task

T asks Ss to find in the paragraphs those phrases, that are used to introduce the idea, develop it, to support it, to give reasons against it, to give a conclusion. -As a result of, This is especially true, Moreover, However, In the past, by contrast, To conclude. Useful phrases p 17

Productive Task(s) (15-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills (writing) in the context of writing a report on family life in Russia and Columbia.

Ss work in groups 2-3-3. Egdar contributes ideas, Stanislava is writing; in the 2nd group Zhanna is writing, and in the 3rd group Katya is writing. T monitors, consults, corrects errors, provides overall necessary guidance.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Groups present their reports to the class, followed by discussions. Some error correction may occur

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