Kenan Ipkıran Kenan Ipkıran

Functional language, Lexis lesson
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn various phrases about "saying no" in spoken English and then they will practice about it through some real topics.


Abc Handout (photocopy)

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of ups and downs of video games.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of phrases to say no in the context of video games.


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

- Warm-up questions: Can you say no to people? If you say no to your child, how does he/she respond?

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

- Give them the instructions about the first activity in the handout - This will help them notice that they know different ways of saying no - Feedback can be done in PW

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

- Use cline method to clarify the meanings, forms and pronunciations of the target language being, "phrases to say no" (for details see the language analysis sheet)

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

- Tell students to write down eight personal yes/no questions like "Do you live in Bostancı?, Do you like Metal music?" and let them ask and answer the questions in pairs. - Monitor for mistakes and give feedback to correct errors.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Put them in groups. Tell one group that their son/daughter wants to buy a video game and they should think of three reasons why he/she cannot buy the game. Tell the other group that their parents don't want them to buy the video game they want to buy and they should come up with three reasons in defense of the game. - Anticipated problem: They may not understand what they should do here. In that case, model the task and help them understand better. - Feedback: Get one student from each group to discuss their arguments. Do this with more students if there is enough time. - Check for errors and mistakes at the end of the activity.

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