Taner Akbas Taner Akbas

The Secret of Success
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be focusing on different vocabulary and phrases in the context of success.


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Main Aims

  • Vocabulary in the context of success

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking - Ss will be speaking about diiferent elements that contribute to achieve success
  • Reading - Ss will read small paragraphs of success stories


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Ask students what it takes to achieve success. "Can you name a successful person? Steve Jobs, William Shakespear?" "What is success for you? Money, a good career, a beautiful husband/wife?" "What do you need to be succesful?" - Get students' opinions and highlight any vocabulary that is related." - Tell ss to work in groups and find three elements that contribute to achieve success. - Instructions for the activity. "Please read these ideas of famous people and compare their ideas on success with yours." - Get each group's ideas.

Elicit (6-8 minutes) • Eliciting the meaning of the vocabulary

- Show ss the HO and give instructions. "Please fold the sheet first." "For this activity you will work alone and you will do the exercise A." "You will fill in the blanks in the sentences with the phrases in the box." "You have 2 minutes." - ICQs "What is the first thing we need to do?" "Are we working alone or in group?" "Are we using the phrases in the box?" - After they are finished tell them to check in pairs. - Give them the answer key. - Second activity... "Now unfold your sheets and match the definitions with the phrases." "You are working alone and you have one minute." - Monitor the ss and try to get which phrases are difficult for them. - After they are finished tell them to check in pairs and then give them the answer key.

Highlighting (5-6 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

- Check the meaning of the phrases and vocabulary that were difficult for the ss by eliciting. - Drill the words for pronunciation. - Write them on the board and show the stress points.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for a freer productive activity

- Divide students into three groups. - Show them the HO annd give instructions. "You will work alone and read these short paragraphs. And then you will find what made these people successful. Was it working hard or luck or what? And you will give tips/advice on how to be successful to your readers." - After they are finished tell them to share their ideas in groups.

Free Activity (13-15 minutes) • To produce the TL in a speaking activity

- Regroup ss into groups of 3-4 - Tell students to think about a memory of themselves where they achieved success and do a short preperation for it. And then they should tell their stories to each other.

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