saeedeh saeedeh

conversation strategies lesson
intemediate level


In this lesson, students learn about asking for a favor politely. The lesson will start with a conversation and students learn some phrases for request. This will lead to some strategies for changing the topic of conversation. Finally, students will listen to a conversation. The session will end with a conversation between students asking for favors.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of conversation strategies

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of polite phrases for request and changing the topic of conversation


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will ask students " Have you asked anyone for a favor lately? " to make an introduction to the word favor. T will ask some other questions " What was the favor? " or " Who did you ask for favors? ". T will write the answers on the board.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks

Students will work in pairs and think about the favors they might ask their teacher. T will write the sentences on the board.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Students will listen to a conversation and answer these questions " What favors does Jake ask his professor?" and " Does his professor agree?". Students will read the conversation and underline some expressions for asking favors. At this stage T will ask students to make some sentences and use the expressions. Finally students will complete some favors and match each favor with an explanation. ( part D-conversation strategy )

Productive Task (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

T will write some situations on the board. Students will work in groups and talk about favors related to each situation. At the end each group will call out the favors and they score one point for each favor that no other group has. T will monitor and correct the errors if necessary.

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