Katelyn Martin Katelyn Martin

"How To"
Upper Intermediate level


This lesson is focused on speaking. Students will work individually, in pairs, in groups, and as a whole class to come up with "how to" lists, while using important phrases.


Abc Audio
Abc Answer Key
Abc Useful Language HO
Abc Extra Activity HO
Abc "How To" HO

Main Aims

  • To get Ss to effectively use speaking to give advice on "how to," while using the specified vocabulary.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Reading: Ss will read a passage to try to figure out the missing words or phrases.
  • Listening: By listening to an audio of different "how to" situations, Ss will figure out missing words/phrases from the reading task


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To engage students

I will begin by telling Ss how I will soon be looking for a job as an English teacher. As in most jobs, I will have to have an interview in order to be hired. Yet, I am very nervous and I need some tips on how to make sure I get the job for my interview. I will ask Ss to work solo and quickly write a list of 'Do's and Don'ts" for my job interview. After a minute, I will then ask Ss to write on the WB their suggestions.

Reading Task (8-12 minutes) • Guessing vocabulary from text

Students will read the HO and fill in the missing words/phrases. I will walk around and monitor. After 1-2 minutes, Ss will use peer-checking to compare answers.

Listening Task (5-7 minutes) • For Ss to check their answers

WC will listen to the audio T6.1 to check their answers. If needed, audio can be replayed, but no more than twice. I will hand out the answer key for the task.

Matching task (2-3 minutes) • For Ss to check the context of the questions

Ss will match the "how to' subjects with the situations in the text that they read. WC will go over answers.

Main Task (10-15 minutes) • For Ss to practice speaking

Ss will get into pairs and will be given a 'how to' topic. Ss will come up with a list of tips with at least 3 Dos and 3 Don'ts for their topic. They will have to use the words or phrases in the "Useful Language" HO. After a few minutes, Ss will get up and mingle and find a new partner and teach their new partner about their list of tips. The new partner will try to add at least one new tip to their new partner's list. After a couple of minutes, students will find another new partner. They will keep changing partners until they have a list of 10 Do's and 10 Don'ts.

Extra Activity (5-7 minutes) • For Ss to practice "how to"

In case there's extra time, Ss will work on a HO. They will individually read the stories and choose the best heading for each one. They will check their answers with their partner

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