Back pain - Speaking activity
Upper Intermediate level


The lesson deals with the bad and good habits. The focus of the lesson is speaking and sub aim is vocabulary. At the end of the lesson the Ss should be able to use some of the persuasive statements.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a in expressing their opinions and making suggestion on changing other people's life style.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of different good and bad habits.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in expressing their opinions and ideas on different good and bad habits.

-T write the word habits on the board. -T ask the class about their ideas about habits. -T gives the class a small piece of paper. -Students write any good or bad habits that they have. (30second) -Ss talk to their partners about it. (2minutes) -T ask whether there is any weird or interesting habits. -T shows the pictures of different health habits.

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through vocabulary.

-T pairs the students and draw their attention on the pictures posted randomly on the wall. -Students answer the questions on each paper and talk about it. (3 minutes) -T check through matching exercise the different bad habits the Ss have talked about. -Students work in pairs to match the description with the words. (3 minutes) -T provides the class with answer key. -T go through the vocabulary to check and model pronunciation.

Preparation for speaking (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify the meaning and use of persuasive statements in expressing ideas and opinions.

-T elicit the word "persuasive" through meaning, when do we use it, what job requires much of this. -T write down some of the persuasive phrases the class talked about in the past lesson and show the following list. 1. I am writing to or focusing on... 2. We can solve this by... 3. I believe that.... 4. What would happen if... 5. Do you realize... 6. I challenge... 7. A friend of mine says... 8. If you continue to think this way. --Ss are given 2 minute to write down or think of persuasive statements about the. -Ss talk to their group about the statements they wrote and should come up with a compromise or generalization. -T goes around to monitor and give help when needed. This is a discussion so T anticipates contradicting ideas.

Productive Task(s) (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice fluency in speaking about different good and bad habits.

-Ss pick a card from the earlier habits that they've written. They are given (1 minute ) to write down or think about how they can persuade or they can just say their opinion about the said habit. -T group the class into 2. "health" and "habits" -"health" group form the inner circle facing out. -"habits" group form the outside circle facing in. -Ss share his/ her ideas to a partner (1 minute). -the circle will rotate once more to share their ideas. -T ask the class what statement they like the most.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language.

-T write down some of the confusing statements on the word and clarify the uses of persuasive statements. -T pairs the students to talk about when do we use persuasive statements. (2 minutes) -T add some of these to the answers of Ss. make choices 2. use materials as evidence 3. persuade listeners to become agents of change. 4. establish leadership 5. use supporting materials as evidence that justified advice.

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