Mihaela Enez Mihaela Enez

Typical friends lesson
Elementary level


Main Aims

  • To introduce students to & give practice in free time vocabulary in the context of typical friends.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give students practice in listening for gist, specific information and detail. To give students semi-controlled speaking practice and the opportunity to practice simple present.


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

The teacher will draw a diagram on the board. She will tell students to copy the diagram. Then she will write the name of two of her male friends and two of her women friends next to the approppriate circles. Point to one and say, for example. This is Jill. I go dancing with Jill. She likes music. Point to another. This is Joe. I play football with Joe. The teacher will tell students to write the names of four friends and after she will pair them and have them talk with their pair about them.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Teacher will prepare some flashcards with representations of different free time activities. She will use the flashcards to elicit and practice keywords from this lesson. She will hold up the flashcards to elicit and drill the vocabulary. She will have the same flashcards around the classroom. She will group students and give them the keywords of those flashcards. Students have to walk around the class and stick the words to the correct flashcard. The group that finishes first wins. Then she will write all the days of the week on the board and have students to make sentences from the flashcards and the days of the week. She will nominate students to share their answer with the class.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Students match each picture A-D with a phrase from the box.In feedback we can model and drill the words for pronunciation. Students will read the webpage and say what is about.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

The teacher will play a recording. Is a radio interview with a psychologist. He talks about the way typical friendships between men and friendships between women differ. Students will listen to interview and tick the words they hear in exercise Listening 2. They will work individually but check their answers in pair, before the teacher checks them with the whole class.

Post-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Students will read throught the sentences in exercise 3 and decide which sentences refer to men, women or both. Then recording will be played again and they will check their answers as a group before the teacher checks it with the whole class. After they will be asked if they agree or disagree with what dr. Palmer says about mn and women. They will put a tick if they agree and a cross if they disagree to the statements in exercise 3.

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