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TP4 Dinner Date - Speaking and Vocabulary
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about conversation fillers and practice their speaking skills in the context of a dinner date.


Main Aims

  • Speaking: To provide fluency and accuracy in using communication fillers through the context of going out to dinner.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening: To practice in listening for specific information through the context of dinner date.
  • Vocabulary: To provide clarification and practice in communication fillers.


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

-Show different conversation fillers. Elicit from the students what they are. Try to get the word ''fill/filler''. -Students will work in pairs to do task 1. They need to match the groups of conversation fillers to their meanings. The answer key can be found at the bottom of the worksheet.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

-The students will listen to a conversation between Derek and Avril. Ss will number the conversation fillers from task 1 in the order they are used. Students will check their answers with their partner before asking them to write the answer on the board. Listen to the track again then ask the students to check with their partner if we need to change any of answers on the board - Get general feedback.

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

-In A and B pairs,Ss take it in turns to read the text to their partner who must respond with appropriate conversation fillers whenever they can. Monitor the students during the speaking activity.

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

-Show a picture collage of famous people from the past. In pairs, encourage them to name each person from the picture. Elicit the answer from the students. If they don't know the person - admit it and ignore those people.

Semi-Controlled Practice (2-3 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

-In pairs, Imagine that you can invite one well-known person from the past (i.e. not still alive). Who will it be and why? What questions will you ask?

Free Practice (13-17 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

-Ss will work in group(preferably 3-4 members). Show students task 3. As a group, they need to invite any three well-known people from the past (i.e. not still alive) to join their group dinner. They need to talk about the questions and come up with one answer. They need to think about: the mixture of their guest, why the people they've invite make an interesting group, seating arrangement, what food to serve and why, which person will arrive late, who will get on really well together, who will have a terrible argument, what presents will each person bring, and what will they talk about and why? If there is time, ask students to present their work in class. Alternatively, two groups can merge to one and they can present their work.

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