Halyna Ihnatiuk Halyna Ihnatiuk

Bright Ideas? Introduction
Upper-Intermediate level


This introductory lesson leads students into the topic built around the newest historical inventions and familiarises them with new vocabulary. It is mainly focused on discussing contemporary problems and life changes.


Abc SpeakOut Upper-Intermediate (The Students' Book)

Main Aims

  • To improve students' language fluency through introducing them into the topic.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To improve students' ability to speak on contemporary problems using new vocabulary.


Warmer/Lead-in (10-15 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Put students into groups of three-four (four groups) to discuss how the world has changed over the last fifty years. Following prompts on the board should help in guiding their discussion: communication, travel, work, leisure, food, health, home. After several minutes conduct a feedback, asking each group to share their ideas.

Introducing new vocabulary (15-20 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ask one student from each group from the previous activity to change their place so that they would work with other students. Give each group Task 1 with jumbled words and their definitions for a matching exercise. Give them 5 minutes to accomplish the task. Check the results through asking different students from each group to define this or that word.

Preparing a short speech (30-40 minutes) • To develop students' skills for presenting their ideas to audience

Ask students to look at the pictures on page 56 in the Students' Book and choose one of the world's inventions they would like to dwell on. Give them 10 minutes to prepare a short speech on advantages and disadvantages of their choice using as many words presented in the previous activity as they can. Put students into pairs and ask them to discuss their ideas for five minutes. Ask several students to present their ideas to the whole class. Conduct discussion with the whole class on inventions from the pictures which had not been mentioned.

The Invention Game (25-30 minutes) • To develop students' language fluency

Put students into two big groups. Explain the rules of The Invention Game. Let each student pick a card from The Invention Game. Give them 2 minutes for reading their cards. Start the game and conduct it till students make a common decision. Teachers should be among participants to make the game more dynamic and encourage them to use new vocabulary.

Review/Feedback/Home Assignment (10-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ask some students to reflect about was learnt and done during the class and encourage everyone to be even more active next time. Review new vocabulary through asking some of them to define the words again. Give them home assignment: The Students' Book - to work with the text on p. 56, Ex. 1-2, p. 57. (Tell students that their home task will be focused on negative sides of the inventions).

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