Boutheyna Boutheyna

Giving advice, What's the matter?
Elementary Level level


This lesson is an integrated skills one. The lesson starts with a lead-in about common health problems SS have to think of solutions for these problems. The lead-in paves the way for the listening practice which is within the same context. SS practice listening for gist, spe. info and details. The listening activity is followed by a productive skill building practice to provide students with fluency-practice in the context of 'giving advice'.


Abc Projected pictures Lead-in stage.
Abc Projected questions Speaking Act.
Abc Audio file, Interchange 4th Edition Level 2
Abc Listening for gist PP slide.
Abc Listening for sp. info HO
Abc Listening for specific info Answer Key
Abc Listening for detail answer key
Abc problem/solution slips
Abc Speaking activity model PP slide

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about Giving advice in the context of health problems

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of giving advice


Warmer/ Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set the context for the listening activity and engage students.

Focus the students' attention on the projected pictures of common health problems. Ask Students the following question : " These people did not go to work today. why? " Get SS to think about that in pairs and then get their feedback. Ask SS to think of solutions for these people's problems (give advice)

Listening for gist. (2-4 minutes) • To encourage students to listen for gist in order to understand the overall idea.

Write three possible main ideas on the WB. - Giving advice to a friend who has an exam - Giving advice to a sick friend - Giving advice to a friend who is traveling Ask Ss to listen to the audio and choose one out of the three ideas on the WB as the general idea of the text. "What do you think the general idea of this conversation is?" Play the audio. WC feedback.

Listening for specific information. (4-7 minutes) • To develop students' listening skills for specific information.

Ss listen to the same audio one more time and work individually on the listening for Sp. info practice. Ask one student to change his place. Ss then check their answers in pairs. Project the Answer key on the board

Listening for detail. (10-15 minutes) • To develop students' skills of listening for detailed comprehension.

Students listen to the audio one more time and work individually on the Listening for detail practice. Divide Ss into groups and then ask them to check their answers together. Running dictation FB method: Students have to run the other room and get the correct answers.

Speaking (10-14 minutes) • To give Ss the opportunity to practice the vocabulary they've learnt in the previous lesson.

Draw SS' attention to the different expression used to give advice : It's sometimes helpful to + inf It's important to + inf It's a good idea to + inf Project Model for Speaking activity. I have a terrible headache. what do you think I should do It's sometimes helpful to take a nap. Give slips to students with different problems (example: I can't sleep at night, I don't have money to buy my friend a gift, I have a headache ...) Provide half of the SS with problem slips and they have o ask the other students for advice and then swap roles.

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