Marijana Siliman Marijana Siliman

Family life / Vocabulary & Speaking
Intermediate level


This lesson sets a general context for all three lessons, though the context changes focus in the following two slots. The context of the lesson is the family. Ss begin by revising family vocabulary and talking about the way family life is changing in the UK and in their country.


Abc "The Simpsons" family tree display
Abc Stage 3 Pictures of families HO
Abc Stage 4 Listening, Track 15 (English File Intermediate Student's Book)
Abc Stage 5 Expressing opinions ( English FIle Intermediate Student's Book)
Abc Stage 2 Vocabulary HO (English FIle Intemediate Student's Book, OUP 2013)
Abc Stage 3 Survey (English File Intermediate Student's Book, OUP 2013)

Main Aims

  • To revise and practice family lexis to talk about change in the context of family life

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give practice in listening for gist and specific information, and speaking for fluency by expressing opinions


Stage 1 (Lead In) (3-5 minutes) • To introduce the lesson, set the context and get the SS interested in the topic.

- arrange the classroom in two groups - set up the family tree visual on the WB - have the audio track ready to listen in Stage 4 - have 2 tabels ready to use GW Pass out blank papers to groups. SS begin with brainstorming the family lexis. In each group two writers write down the words. SS will nominate "The Simpsons" family members.

Stage 2 (Vocabulary: Discuss the differences) (5-8 minutes) • To provide new vocabulary and and family relations

-Discuss the difference between the words. -Pass out HO's for SS to discuss. -Elicit relations between certain family members. -Model and drill pronunciatian

Stage 3 (Read the survey and guess the missing percentages) (10-15 minutes) • To provide controlled reading practice

-Look at the pictures. What can you see? Discuss with your partner. -Pass out pictures of families to students. -Ask 2 groups: What is happening to families? Can you see some changes? - Show the text. This is a survey. - Explain the meaning of "survey" and "statistics" - Read the introduction. (using the HO) Is this the introduction? - Yes - Pass out the HO's for SS to read. -Ask questions: -Read the result of the survey. -Write the percentages on the board. -Show on the board and repeat that the numbers are called percentages. -In groups of 3, guess the missing percentages. (ICQ) How many students in the group? - Three Are these numbers percentages?- Yes. Are you going to write them in here? - Yes. -Compare your anwers with another group.

Stage 4 (Listening for gist and specific information) (5-10 minutes) • To provide controlled listening practice for gist and specific information

SS listen to the audio to check the answers. Were SS surprised with the results? Think about Turkey? Would the results be the same or different? In small groups, please discuss. WC Feedback

Stage 5 (Expressing opinions) (5-10 minutes) • Speaking for fluency by expressing opinions.

Elicit ways to express opinions. I think... (ex. What do you think about fighting in front of the children?) I believe... I guess... Look at the statements and think about do you agree or disagree ( do you think the same, or not) Pass out the HO's. Give SS a little time to prepare. Give each student 2 coulour papers. Agree=orange Disagree= blue T reads the statements, SS show the coulour according to their opininon. Nominate students to produce full sentences.

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