Mohammad Maher Alboushi Mohammad Maher Alboushi

Office trouble lesson
upper intermediate level


in this lesson students will be able to speak fluently about office problems and discover what are the problems that local office is facing and how to find the solutions , also students will learn how to act in this game using English and to be able to use the new vocabulary that they will learn during reading the worksheets that will give it to them in the lesson.


Abc role cards

Main Aims

  • Improve my students speaking and fluency skills. make them practice in roleplays and conversations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Reading , modals and phrases to express permission , obligation and prohibition.


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

In this stage I will ask my students ( what problems that can happen in offices ) , then I will get a few ideas from them , after that I will put my students into small groups and get them to brainstorm some more ideas , then they will share their ideas with the whole class , then I will ask my students to suggest some solutions to the problems .

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

In this stage I will tell my students that we will play a role-play , it is about a local office has many problems then I will explain to them the situation , so they can follow me and have a clear idea about the role-play after they get it , I will divide my students into four groups of bosses , staff members , reporters 1 and reporters 2 then I'll give them out role-cards so they will read it and understand what is role-play about and what they have today in it .then I will give office rules cards to the bosses and staff members only .

Useful Language (4-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

In this stage I will give the students some time to read then I get them to discuss their roles then I will tell bosses and staff members that they should think about what they want to say to the reporters and how they will explain their problems . Moreover, reporters should add some of their own questions to find out what the problems are people feelings and I will get them to think of questions for the other person during this time I will monitor and help them when necessary .

Productive Task(s) (10-12 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

In this stage I will re-group students into pairs one pairs one boss and one reporter 1 and the other pairs one staff member and one reporter 2 then I will tell them that the reporters will interview their person to find out what is going on. I will tell the reporter to make quick notes during the interview and I will give them 6 minutes.While they are speaking, I will focus on their use of TL from the previous lesson. If I hear some errors or good examples I will write them down. After that, I will tell the reporter to write a balanced story of both sides of the story. So I will regroup the students again in order swap interviewers and I will remind the reporters to choose a suitable question for the second interview and let them talk about what did the other bosses and the staff say in order to compare both stories. I will give them a demo example and monitor and take notes.

Feedback and Error Correction (12-15 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

I will ask students if they felt there were a lot of problems at the company and if there are any solutions, so I will get a couple of ideas. After that, I will tell them to try to find solution for all these problems. I will listen to pieces of advice. Then, I will regroup the students into 4 people groups: 1 boss, 1 staff member, 1 reporter 1 and 1 reporter 2 in order to discuss and try to find solutions to the problems. They can also rewrite the office rules and they can name a secretary to do the writing. They should do this on a separate piece of paper. I will monitor and take notes during the process . Then , I will do some FB and write on the W/B if there are good or bad examples and I will let my students to correct their won errors and share their opinion .

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