To teach past modals using the context of arguing
To provide listening practice using the context of arguing
To provide speaking practice in the context of arguments
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Teacher will elicit the word 'arguing' and write it on the board by showing students pictures of people arguing. Students will then come up with reasons for why the people are arguing in each photo.
A recording of two arguments will be played and students will work in pairs to come up with what the arguments were about. Teacher will elicit answers and students will then listen to extracts of the argument and work an exercise where they fill in the gaps with past modal verbs that they heard - students will work alone, then pair check and teacher will elicit feedback.
Students will work a matching exercise in pairs where they will match the meanings of the past modal verbs. They will then listen to the conversation extracts again and highlight the stressed words. They'll work individually, then pair check and teacher will elicit feedback. Pronunciation will be drilled.
Students will work three fill-in-the-gaps exercises in pairs and teacher will elicit feedback and write the answers on the board.
Students will be grouped in pairs and given cards with argument situations (for example "worker getting fired") which they will simulate.