Candice Bagley Candice Bagley

Back to School at age 35 (TP final)
Intermediate level


In this lesson students practice asking questions in the context of the classroom.


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Main Aims

  • To provide speaking practice for asking questions in the context of school.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of school subjects and classroom nouns in the context of the classroom.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • For the students to be engaged and become involved in the context of the lesson.

Ask the students to discuss with their partners what it is like to be back at school as adults. Why do they like it, why do they dislike it. Have them share this with the class

Test #1 (6-7 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Give the students some cards with the school subjects on them and other cards with some questions that are found in those subjects. Ask them to match these cards amongst themselves. Once the matching seems to be finished have them put the answers up on the board. Ask the students if the answers are correct.

Teach (5-5 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Say each word and show the stress patterns of the words and then ask the students to repeat the words again focussing on the stress this time. Focus on specific pronunciations that are problematic (perhaps maths /mǽθs/ and geography /dʒiɑgrəfi /).

Test #2 (2-3 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Have the class say each new word together and then ask a few individuals to repeat.

Free practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Have the students tell their partner what they learn in one or two of the subjects. (possible answers include Geography we learn about the World and it's maps, in maths we learn about numbers, in biology we learn about plants and animals, in science we learn about non-living things, in history find out what happened in the past, in IT we learn about computers, in literature we learn from books and poetry.) Ask them to share their responses with the class.

Presentation (6-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the speaking work

Show the students that the two 'U' sounds are different in English. as in 'lunch' versus 'pupil' Ask them to place the words in the different columns individually and check with their partners. Give feedback on the board.

Practice (4-5 minutes) • For student to practice using the target vocabulary

Have some cards with the sentences from c. written on them. Hold each card up, ask the question and get the class to repeat it, correcting where necessary.

Production (9-10 minutes) • For students to produce sentences with the target language

Ask the students to work out which words are missing from the dialogue. (Do, are, Is) Once these are clear, ask the students to interview their partner using the correct auxiliary.

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