Fatemeh Javedanmehr Fatemeh Javedanmehr

typical friends
elementary level


In this lesson students learn about friends and free time activities people do with their friends. The lesson starts with a game to elicit the word friend then the students talk about what they do with their friends. Then new vocabularies are taught by using flashcards and a matching task. In the next step, pronunciation will be practiced through drilling and a fun game to practice the new lexis more. Finally the students will do a listening task.


Main Aims

  • To introduce Ss to & give practice in free time vocabulary in the context of typical friends

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in listening for gist, specific information & detail. To give Ss semi-controlled speaking practice & the opportunity to practice simple present.


Lead-in/warmer (3-4 minutes) • To set the lesson context and engage students in the topic

To elicit the word "friend", the teacher plays " hangman" with the students. When they guess the word, she asks them what they usually do with their friends to check how many free time activities they already know.

Controlled practice / matching task (6-7 minutes) • To let the students review the vocabularies they know about free time activities and get familiar with some new ones

The teacher puts students in small groups and gives each group a set of pictures and related lexis on separate slips of paper. They need to stick them on the wall while matching the pictures and the lexis.

Pronunciation practice - drilling (4-5 minutes) • To check students' pronunciation of the lexis and teaching them the correct one

The teacher uses free time activities flashcards drilling the new lexis with the students. (choral and individual) If there is time, she may ask some of the stronger students to come to the front of the class to do the drilling with the class to engage the students more in the lesson and increase the amount of s-s interaction.

Freer practice (7-8 minutes) • To provide the students more practice of the new lexis

The teacher puts students in two or three groups. In turn, one from each group comes to the front of the class and sits facing the students with her/his back to the board. Another member chooses a flashcard of the new lexis and writes it on the board. One of the members of the group tries to mime the activity and the one sitting back to the board guesses.

Pre- listening task (4-5 minutes) • To prepare students' mind for what they need to listen afterwards

The teacher hands out an image with a short text about the listening. The students look at the image, guess what is it about, then will read the text to get the main idea of the upcoming listening task.

Listening for specific information (3-4 minutes) • To help students practice to listen to specific information

The teacher shows the students a paper with some words on, and tells them to listen and tick the ones they hear then she hands out them and if needed goes through the list once with the students. The students listen and do the task.

Feedback (3-4 minutes) • To check the answers

First peer check then whole class check

Listening for general understanding (4-5 minutes) • To help students practice to listen to get the whole text

The students look at the sentences on the bottom of the page. The teacher tells them they need to listening carefully and write W if that is about women, M about men and MW if it is about both of them.

Feedback (3-4 minutes) • To check the answers

The students first check in pairs then the teacher checks the answers with the whole class. If needed they will listen once more.

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