Timo Dalocsa Timo Dalocsa

Copy of Going Out Suggestion/Invitation Language Focus
pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about the sentence structures used to make suggestions and invitations through exposure, clarification, controlled practice and semi-controlled practice steps. The lesson starts with the focus on the words 'suggestion' and 'invitation'. Next, the students are given a text to find out the sentences used to make suggestions and invitations and the responses to these. The answers are written clearly on the board with the examples and analysed in terms of meaning, form, pronunciation and approppriacy. The lesson continues with controlled practice activities and a semi-controlled practice activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide students with clarification and practice of how to make suggestions and invitations in the context of telephone conversations

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give students semi-controlled speaking practice on how to make suggestions and invitations to develop their spoken accuracy


Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To introduce the "invitation" and "suggestion" concepts to the students

I will write the words INVITATION / SUGGESTION on the board and ask what these words mean to the students. I will ask them to give me some examples. If they can come up with no answers, I will tell some example sentences. At this point, I will clarify the meanings of the words "suggestion" and "invitation". I will refer to the conversations that they previously listened to. I will ask which conversation was about an invitation and which one was about a suggestion.

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide context for invitation and suggestion structures through the tapescript of a listening material

I will tell the students that we are going to learn about how to make suggestions and invitations. I will give the script of the conversations that they listened to the lesson before to the students and will ask them to work in pairs and underline the sentences used to make invitations and suggestions and the responses to these. I will reflect the script on the board and underline one or two sentences and responses as an example. Next, I will listen to the answers from the students and write the items on the board.

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the language used for suggestion and invitation

I will go over the items on the board one by one and clarify MFPA. The meanings are all similar to each other. I will focus on the form and clarify the form for each eliciting the answers from the students and write the form opposite each sentence. I will elicit some example sentences from the students to add to the items on the board. I will practice the pronunciation of the sentences on the board with the whole class. I will say that "would you like .." is kinder than the other usages.

Controlled Practice (10-15 minutes) • To check whether Ss are clear with the invitation/suggestion structures

I will give the students exercise 2 to do. I will ask them to check their answers with their partners and get whole class feedback. I will introduce exercise 3 giving short info about the conversation and ask the students to fill in the blanks. I will get whole class feedback after having them check their answers with a partner. Next, I will ask the students to do exercise 4. I will follow pair check and whole class feedback structure. After exercise 4, I will ask the students to practise the dialogue in pairs.

Semi-controlled Practice (7-7 minutes) • To provide students with semi-controlled practice of making suggestions and invitations

I will give two sets of cards to the pairs, one set for places to go and the other set for yes or no replies. Each pair will get two cards, one place to go and one reply. One of the students will make a suggestion or invitation to go to somewhere and the other student will reply according to the reply card s/he has. I will demonstrate the activity with a student first. Then, I will let the students practice in pairs first and then do it to the whole class.

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