Robert McAskill Robert McAskill

Speaking about places to visit lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson the students will learn practice speaking the context of recommending places to go in Turkey. They will start with a lead in about Bodrum then do some dialogue activities. They will the do some questions about useful vocabulary. After that they will do a disappearing dialogue about travel. The class will end with a freer speaking activity about places to visit in Turkey.


Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, learners will be better able to talk about their opinions on the topic of the best places to visit in Turkey

Subsidiary Aims

  • To present vocabulary to be used when describing the best place to visit in Turkey


Stage 1 (Lead In) (3-4 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic of the lesson

- Project image of Bodrum on the WB - Ask SS where is this? Why do people go here? - Demo a description of why Bodrum is my favourite place to visit in Turkey (But I try to avoid Gumbet) - SS talk in pairs about what things they like to have in places they visit (e.g. beach, restaurants, mountains) (ICQ: Will you talk about places to live? No, places to visit) - Elicit answers and write them on the WB

Stage 2 (Preparing to speak) (8-10 minutes) • To generate ideas to speak about

- Chest a HO for the SS with an example role play dialogue - Show SS that the dialogue has missing words and that they must fill in the gaps with the words on the HO - Tell SS they will work individually to read the dialogue and choose the superlative for 2 mins (ICQ: How long do you have?) - Tell SS to pair check their answers and then practice speaking the dialogue with their partner taking turns to read both parts (ICQ: Will you read only one part? No, both) (Immediate error correction - Give SS groups (Antalya, Bodrum...) and ask them to practice the dialogue one more time with a different partner and check their answers (ICQ: Will you work with the same partner? No, different) (Immediate error correction) - Project HO on the WB and give SS a pen and ask them to come and fill in the gaps on the WB - Error correct and give feedback on the WB by asking 'why?' for any answers they disagree about

Stage 3 (Clarifying the vocabulary) (8-10 minutes) • To provide and clarify language which the learners may find useful for completing the speaking task

- Chest another HO for SS with images and places to match (Demo how to match) - Tell SS to work individually and match the picture to the word on the paper for 1 min (ICQ: How long do you have? 1 min) - SS pair check the answers then check the AK - While HO is projected on the WB drill pronunciation quickly only highlighting any obvious mistakes by choosing groups of SS to drill again - Give SS a HO with 6 sentences to gap fill with the words from the vocabulary matching HO and then highlight the superlative in the sentence for 3 mins (ICQ: Which words will you use? from the paper, What will you underline? superlatives, How long do you have? 3 mins) - Have an extra question at the bottom of the HO for fast finishers (Write 3 more sentences about a place using superlatives) - SS pair check answers and then come to the WB to fill in the blanks from the HO

Stage 4 (Disappearing dialogue) (8-10 minutes) • For learners to practice speaking in relation to a travel agent

- Show SS a dialogue and a picture on the WB and elicit where they think this dialogue is happening (a travel agent) - Tell SS that you will read a line and they will repeat after me (ICQ: Will you say the line on your own? No, after you) - Read the whole dialogue a line at a time with the SS repeating - Tell SS to look quickly because two lines of the dialogue will be removed - Elicit the first two lines of dialogue from the SS - Go through the rest of the dialogue taking two more lines away at a time until the SS complete the dialogue

Stage 5 (Freer speaking activity) (6-8 minutes) • For learners to practice speaking in relation to their favourite place to visit in Turkey

- Tell SS they will now think about their favourite place to visit in Turkey - SS will choose a place and then write 5 sentences including a place to visit and a superlative to describe that place individually for 2 mins (ICQ: How many sentences will you write? 5, Will you include a place and a superlative? Yes) - Demo an example of a dialogue for the SS - SS will then practice dialogues similar to the to the dialogue from the previous activity (Leave on the WB while SS are preparing their information) - Tell SS to think about who describes the best place to visit - Give SS groups (Antalya, Bodrum...) (ICQ: Antalya will work with who? Bodrum) and have them practice with a partner talking about their favourite place in Turkey - Change partners again after error correction on the WB

Stage 6 (Error correction and feedback on speaking task) (4-5 minutes) • To provide content and language feedback on the task

- Monitor task and take notes on SS errors - Stop SS and ask them to sit down - Write some errors on the WB and elicit corrections from the SS - Ask SS to find a new partner (ICQ: Bodrum with who? Antalya) - SS repeat task one or two more times - Give feedback at the end by asking which SS had the best place to visit

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