Jonas Bernhard Jonas Bernhard

TP7: Speaking
Intermediate, B1 level


In this lesson, Ss wll be provided with speaking practice and interactive group work in the context of "adventure". After a brief introduction, the Ss will be given a short text to read exposing them to the situation they will face this lesson. Firstly, the Ss will be on a sinking ship and they will have to think about what to take with personally, then agree together on what they can take with as a pair, as a goup and eventually as a WC. In a next step after they stranded on a lost island, the Ss are given a role each to play within a group. Initially they will learn their role and in a further step they will use their arguments to convince their group that their role is the important and therefore should not have to leave the island. The Ss will get to practice speaking and argumentative skills as well as enjoy a lot of S-S interaction.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation and debate in the context of adventure on a lost island

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about dramatic accident in the context of adventure on a lost island


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

Ss will see a short 2.30 min youtube video extract of the movie "Cast away" (released 2000, with Tom Hanks) to set the context of "adventure on a lost island". > Task: Watch the video with the question in mind of what Tom Hanks would have needed to open the coconut more smoothly? > watch the sequence > quick FB in WC

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

The Ss will be given a teacher-made exposure text with a scenario they will quickly read for themselves and skim for two gist questions: 1) What's the situation at the beginning? 2) What happens? 3) What do you need to do now if you a look at the situation in the tet? > imagine yourself in that situation > you quickly read through the text; Do you have to understand EVERY word? No! There is also help in the brackets for quick clarification of some words. > turn to your partner to peer-check if you've understood the 3 gist tasks. > ask them about the text; WC-FB

Useful Language (6-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

In order to provide the Ss with useful vocabulary and to prepare them for the first speaking activities, the Ss will do a matching exercise of 20 standard travel items. > you get a HO (front and back page), there pictures of standard travel items (things) you have with you; match the written words with the pictures, write underneath > do an ex. on WB > work alone > peer-check if done > elicit some words in WC to check and hot error correct, then give an answer key, pair-wise

Controlled speaking Practice (9-11 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Part 1 On the HO you have a lot of nice things but you can only take 8(!) things with you (remember the ship is sinking) > work alone and decide on 8 things you want to take with as you abandon the ship > tick 8 on the HO; monitor and see if they do the task, answer questions > ICQ: do you read only? No choose and tick. > you meet a friend (work with a partner), you need to agree on 5 things to take with together > ICQ: do you work in a big group? No! In pairs. You write or talk? Talk. > you are on rescue boats in groups of 4-5 but you are too heavy! Agree on 3 things together > ICQ: You work in pairs? No, as a whole group! Write or talk? Talk. T monitors, important: T spreads colored sheets for the freer activity while Ss do group discussion, INTENTIONALLY FORM THE GROUPS and SPREAD the ROLES(!!) FB: ask group-wise for the chosen words, hot error correction (put stress on WB if necessary)

Freer practice (12-14 minutes) • To provide students with free speaking practice

Part 2 > time should be 12:45 As a group of 5 you just stranded on an island... The problem is there is NOT enough space and coconuts in the island for all of your group. One character each will have to leave the island and swim to get help...a doctor or a musician, etc... We play this out, role play theater! Go into the colored groups (musicians together, biologists, doctors,...) > look at your role carefully > talk to your "equivalent role partners" & clarify words if you don't understand > prepare for a debate with other roles in your group later > YOU will try to convince the other characters that YOURS is the most important and that you shouldn't have to leave the island! ICQ: What do you practice now? Your role only. Do the others have the same role now as you? Yes. Do you have the same as the others in 5 minutes? No! > T monitors and helps, defines the mixes character groups (APPROPRIATE GROUPING!) > regroup by letting them stand up > t decides who goes where > give you 6 minutes to discuss, argue, tell the others that YOU are important and that you CANT leave the island & swim! DECIDE WHO "loses" and has to leave > ICQs: Do you have to be nice and let the others stay? No! Fight for your space on the island! > make a desion now! > end the exercise, losers of all groups leave the room with the T together ;-)

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