Carina Middlebrooks Carina Middlebrooks

Teaching Practice 1
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will look at the functional language of 'no' and the different ways to say it. Students will practice forming sentences through various exercises. The session will begin with a discussion about the different ways to politely say no. This is followed by students matching different phrases to the sentence. As a class the students will then match phrases to the appropriate heading and take part in a controlled practice exercise. The session will end with a Freer practice role play in pairs.


Abc phrase selection
Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc Role play task

Main Aims

  • To introduce students to the functional language of saying no.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking for fluency


Lead-in from previous lesson (2-3 minutes) • To review different ways of politely saying no

Ask the following Q's ; 'Do you think paintballing sounds like fun?' 'If a friend of yours invited you to play paintball, but you don't want to go, how could you politely say no?' Elicit polite ways of saying no from students and write them on the board (for later use)

Presentation (8-10 minutes) • Provide context for the target language through activity

Explain that students will learn polite ways of saying no. In pairs, introduce exercise 1 Check answers with class

Language Focus (5-7 minutes) • Practise forming sentences

Demonstrate activity - using whiteboard draw table with the below headings 'a very definite firm no, possibly rude, less than 100%, polite, saying no but not sure' Ask class where the below phrases sit You must be joking!, Certainly not, no way!, I don't see why I should' Not really, not exactly, possibly not. I'm afraid not, I'd love to but I can't Not to my knowledge In groups, students review ex 2 phrases selection. Ask each group where they think the phrases sit.

Controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • Practice how to fit phrases into sentences

ex 3 Students to complete gap fill activity

Freer practice (10-15 minutes) • Speaking practice

Put students into A and B pairs Introduce mini role play - the person answering questions must always respond in the negative Student A: You are a customer who wants to return a faulty computer you bought yesterday from student B, who is a shop assistant. Student B: You are a hotel guest who wants to ask Student A, the hotel receptionist, for some help with a serious problem in your room. Student A: You are a police officer who has stopped Student B in the street because you think they are a bank robber. Student B: You are a newspaper reporter who is interviewing Student A, a famous football player.

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