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Speaking and Listening "A Desert survival expert"
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn to talk about a photo from different points of view. Encouraging students to build their vocabulary based on the topic. Teaching to imagine a life on a desert country, what the advantages and disadvantages are of living in such a place. Listening exercise will get students to listen for detail and discuss their thoughts and ideas with partners.


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Main Aims

  • The intergrated skills of listening for specific information and detail, and speaking for fluency in the context of living and surviving in a desert.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice and clarification of adjective to describe feelings and places and noun in the context of desert survival.


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

T asks for students to look under their chairs, and the ss who has red card stuck under their chair he/she plays the hot seat game. T puts picture of a desert on WB. The ss on the hot seat cant speak until a minute is up. This is just to encourage ss to use more vocabulary. Ss uses adjective and noun to explain the picture. Words like: hot, sun, sand, dry, cold at night, arid, barren, dusty, empty, camel, cactus, Eygpt, pyramid,

Useful Language (6-9 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks.

Exe-1. Ss work in pairs, looking at the picture of the desert on HO1 and ask and answer the questions. Feedback from class, add more vocabulary on board...rock, grass, sky, desert, rain clouds.

Productive Task(s) (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Group of 3. Talk about the picture from different points of view using the vocabulary on WB. Give 2 min to read card and work together to think about feelings. Group A on red paper. You come from desert country but you hate hot, dry weather. It makes you uncomfortable and cross. Describe your reaction to this place. ( cross,explain meaning if needed) Group B on blue paper. You live in a cold, rainy country. Your dream is to live near the desert. Describe your reaction to this place. Group C. You have been stranded in this desert for four days. There is very little food and water left. Describe your feelings about this place. (stranded, check for meaning if needed)) Circulate and monitor, encourage the ss to share ideas and thoughts using sentences on board if necessary. Depanding on time, groups can change papers.

While Listening (10-12 minutes) • To give Ss practise in listening for gist and specific information.

Brainstorm on board.Tell Ss that Tony Nester is planning his trip to the desert.What might he take with him? make notes. Play cd 1.29, tick the words mentioned. WP- Complete gap filler exercise HO1. Play cd 1.29 again to check for correction.

Speaking (6-9 minutes) • To give ss practise in speaking.

Look at the questions and choose one of the questions, think about and discuss your answers in pairs. HO1, Circulate and monitor. FB from whole class.

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