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TP - 7
Elementary level


In this lesson the students will be introduced to functional language in terms of making requests in a rude or polite manner in the context of travelling/staying at a hotel


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for making requests in a polite or rude manner in the context of staying at a hotel, travelling

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of staying at a hotel, travelling


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

The teacher will group the students into two or three groups depending on the number of students present and display two different hotel room pictures on the board. One of them will be luxurious and the other will be in a bad condition. The teacher will then say all other hotels were completely booked and the two rooms they see on the board are the only available ones. After that the teacher will ask the students which hotel he should stay at and get the students to discuss, subsequently come up with reasons why and why not. Considering the students will recommend the luxurious one, the teacher will say he does not have enough money and that he has to take the cheaper one.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher gives each group simple dialogues about customers making requests at hotels. The students are required to read the dialogues and discuss in groups to decide which ones are polite and which ones are rude. Straight after, the students will be asked to put the dialogues in an order from the politest to the least polite one. The feedback will be conducted on the board.

Highlighting (6-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The teacher uses the word 'request' to see whether the students are familiar with it. If not, the teacher elicits the word by modelling (Could you please shut the window?). In order to apply concept checking, (Let's go out! - Request? No), then if necessary, repeat the modelling again and use CCQ (Request or not? Yes). After that, the teacher asks the students to underline the requests in the dialogues in pairs. The feedback will be conducted on the board. The teacher will display the sentences on the board and the students will go up to the board and underline the requests. If any mistakes occur, the teacher will ask other students to correct them.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The teacher will first write an imperative sentence on the board and ask whether it is polite. Then he will add 'please' at the end of the same sentence and ask again. Afterwards, the teacher will write politer forms. Explain the meaning, drill pronunciation without forgetting to pay attention to the connected speech (could you / would you) , elicit the function, (where else can you make requests?) and form. The most student centred way possible.

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The teacher gives the students handouts on which students will find request statements with mistakes and they will be required to point out the mistakes and fix them. The feedback will, once again, be conducted on WB

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice through roleplaying

The teacher will divide the students into 2 groups. One group will be receptionists and the other group will be customers. Then the customers will be divided into two groups as polite and rude. Students will use the situations in their handouts to act the situation in which something is wrong in their room and they ask for help at the reception using the correct structure and pronunciation. Polite and rude students will change roles once, then receptionists and customers will change roles and do the same.

Freer Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with freer practice of the target language

The teacher will give students a handout with possible problems at a hotel. Every student will also be given a quality like "you can fix a TV" or "you have extra towels". So, the students will mingle around and use the words given in the brackets to make requests to the other students randomly in order to find who can solve their problems. They will write the names they find on the handout and try to fill it up.

Freer Practice (Contingency) (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with freer practice of the target language

The students will be asked to think of other situations they can be in while travelling (e.g. in a plane, at a restaurant) and write short simple dialogues using the target language. When they are done, they will read the sentences to each other in pairs.

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