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CELTA Course, Third Lesson, Describe a Dramatic Experience
B1+ (Intermediate) level


In this lesson, students are to be introduced to a new context using guided discovery activities. The audio record is about describing dramatic experience. However, all tasks included in listening part (listening for gist and listening for details) are to provide students with the vocabularies and expressions they need to achieve the main aim of this lesson, speaking.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of describing dramatic experience.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce the context of the lesson in a listening form and provide students with words and expressions they need to achieve the main aim, speaking.
  • To review the usage of common verbs in stories in the context of describing dramatic experience.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Teacher shows students an image of a warning sign using the overhead projector. -Teacher elicits the word ''dangerous'' from students and drills. -Teacher asks students ''who has kids?'' and then asks students to discuss in pairs ''what are the dangerous things your children do when you are busy and not watching over them?'' * Students discuss question in pairs. - Teacher gets general feedback from students.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

- Teacher shows students the pictures in the book and asks students to predict what happened in these pictures. - Teacher elicits from students. -Teacher gives instructions to students. ''I will give you these papers. There are 5 questions hear. I will play the audio record. Listen and write your answers.'' - Teacher gives handout to students with general the questions about the listening. - Teacher gives students a minute to read the questions. - Teacher plays the audio record. * Students listen and write down their answers and peer check. - Teacher gets feedback from students.

Useful Language (4-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

- Teacher gives instructions. ''I want you to look at the second question in your papers. I am going to to play the listening audio one more time and I want you to fill in the gaps with the correct verbs.'' - Teacher asks CCQs. For example, are you going to read or listen? Listen. Are you going to listen only? No, listen and find the correct verbs. - Teacher gives students some time to go over the sentences. - Teacher plays the audio record. * Students listen, fill in the gaps and peer check their answers. - Teacher takes feedback from students. - Teacher elicits the meaning of the verbs from students. - Teacher gives students handouts with useful glossary taken from the listening.

Productive Task (17-18 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

- Teacher asks students to sit in groups of three. * Students sit in groups of three. -Teacher tells students to take a minute, think of a dramatic experience they had, and think of how to put it in spoken words. - Teacher reminds students that it is very important to use the new words they have learnt. -Teacher asks students CCQs. Are you going to talk first? No. Are you going to think of a dramatic experience you had? Yes. * Students take a minute to think. - Teacher asks students to share their dramatic stories with the people in the same group. - Teacher gives students enough time to share their stories within the same group. -Teacher changes the grouping of the students. * Students share their stories with different students. - Teacher monitors students during the task. (Teacher does not interfere or interrupt students to correct errors). - Teacher gets general feedback from students

Feedback and Error Correction (7-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

- Teacher provides feedback on students' performance. - Teacher corrects students errors (Teacher deals with errors one by one and tries to elicit the corrections from students).

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