alyssa abell alyssa abell

Experience 7
Upper-Intermediate level


This lesson will focus on speaking practice with two sub-aims of listening and grammar. The context is about acting and how people 'look' in certain images and then the language that is used in this type of situation.


Abc Handout 1, who do you think looks...? page 68 (b)
Abc Handout 2, radio acting... page 69 (g)
Abc Handout 3, MiniGrammar... page 69

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation on facial expressions in the context of famous actors and actresses

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about Radio Acting in the context of an Interview
  • To provide clarification of the function of 'as' in the context of using it to talk about comparisons, functions,appearance, reasoning and co-actions


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

T: Show slides of 3 famous people-- Messi, Selena and Robert De Niro T: (messI) Who is this guy? -"What do you think happened?" "What does it look like?" -"it looks AS if he won the game" T: (Selena) "It looks AS if____(elicit emotion/story)? -correct or rephrase to fit= "it looks as if _____." - this is Selena, she worked AS a professional latin singer. T: (Robert DeNiro) "It looks AS if ____"

Review, Expressions and what they "look like..." (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T: We just talked about facial expressions and emotion - Now look at these pictures, what are they feeling? - it 'looks AS if_____" -Work as partners CHANGE SLIDES T: These guys are actually actors. Maybe they don't feel this way at all, they are acting. T: Here is a list of questions. Match the question to the correct actor. - Give handout - ICQ: look at number 5, Who looks like...they have eaten something bad? - Work in pairs -CCQ: Listening bit -T: play 4.14 listen and check

Listening & Speaking about actor roles (4-6 minutes) • Listening and speaking about specific information

T: CCQ/ICQ: Cheryl Hines, what was her role? [check understanding of roles] or, next we will listen again, but listen to what roles they play. ICQ: what is a role? T: We will listen again. T: Take a piece of paper and make notes about each actors role. -replay 4.14 T: CCQ: Jane lynch was acting as if she were a______? T: Split into groups, talk with your groups about their roles.

Speaking and Listening practice while contrasting jobs (9-11 minutes) • To introduce the differences between acting on the radio versus on television

T: CCQ on target langue and eliciting: Is acting on the television the same AS on the radio? Ss: Response/ Conversation/ Opinions Is acting in the film the same AS acting in a television program? T: Handout -Take a moment to underline important points, then we will listen to an interview. -Answer the questions as we listen -Play 4.15 T: Get into groups and discuss your answers T: listen to 4.15 again (?) T: What do radio actors use to convert feeling? T:CCQ: "Tim Bentinck has been working ____(elicit for, as a radio actor for many years)." [also model sentence for next stage]

Grammar & Speaking (8-10 minutes) • Connect the speaking and listening exercises to the grammar content

T: Model Sentence-- Tim Bentinck has been working AS a radio actor for many years How is AS being used? answer: to describe a job or someones function What are other ways AS is used? Elicit 1 other way [ALSO PREPARE to WRITE ON THE BOARD] T: Use 'as' + article + noun CCQ: can we say 'as' radio', no we need the article. T: Handout -Work in groups and answer these questions

Free practice using target language (5-7 minutes) • To use the target language of 'as' in one of its five contexts.

T: talk about a family member, or friend... What do they work AS...? What do they look like when they are angry?

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