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Alive & Well "All's well that ends well"
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will be discussing the topic's of being either "Optimistic or Pessimistic," about their futures or situations in life. After the warmer, the students will read three different paragraphs, decide themselves, discuss within groups (A or B) and then a partner (Jigsaw) with their answers. The students will then be given vocabulary to work on along with question and answer time.


Abc Materials

Main Aims

  • To provide
  • The main aim of this lesson is integrated skills- reading and speaking. Ss will have the opportunity to speak about what they read through a jigsaw reading activity with two texts. My lesson also sets the context for all three sessions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce related vocabulary.


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

Get Ss interested in the topic, e.g., show Ss a glass (or a picture of a glass) that is half-filled with water to elicit the "half full" or "half empty"- and elicit optimistic or pessimistic (Ss should know these words).

Speaking (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Show Ss the title "All's wel that ends well." Ss. discuss in pairs/small groups what they think it means and if it is optimistic or pessimistic in meaning. Take FB. Ask Ss if they think most people are optimists or pessimists. Take general FB.

Jigsaw Reading-specific information/detail (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Divide the class into two groups A & B. The students will read about two people who answer the question "What are you optimistic about. Reading Ex1- Ss read about their person and check the answers. Ss check their answer with their group- I will help as needed, but I won't do any FB at this stage.

Jigsaw Reading-speaking (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Regroup the Ss so they are in pairs of 1xA & 1xB. Ss tell each other about the person that they read about.

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

Choose 5-6 words from reading texts A & B that you think will be new for the Ss. Prepare a handout with these words and some simple definitions. Ss work in pairs/small groups to match the words with the definitions using the texts to help them. Give FB, answer questions deal with problems.

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

Give the Ss the question in ex2 and "What are you optimistic about?" Ss will discuss in pairs/small groups-take some general FB.

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