Apryl Haynes Apryl Haynes

Speaking Extra
Elementary level


This lesson ties up the last 2 lessons. In this lesson, students will be given opportunities to practice questions from the previous lesson, and language from the last couple of lessons (before today) in the context of a party.


Main Aims

  • To give students controlled & semi-controlled speaking practice in the context of “What about you?” and in the context of parties.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students with opportunities to practice Simple Present – especially with "wh-" questions.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

On the board, have written a list of different types of parties and a large example of a party invitation. Tell the students they (in groups) are going to plan a party together. Have the students work in groups (for 1-2 min) of 3 or 4 to discuss which kind of party they would like to plan. Once they've decided, show them an invitation and tell them they will now plan the party together by filling out an invitation together in the same groups. They will fill in the blanks for the following questions: What kind of party is it? Who is having the party? Where will the party be? When is the party? What time is the party? (3 min) Feedback: Have someone from each group come to the board and write the content of their invitation (have each group write the answer to one of the "wh-" questions. Correct any issues.

Exposure (6-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Tell the students to imagine they are at a party and you don't know ANYONE at this party, but they're really excited to meet new people. What do they want to know about the person? What kinds of questions would they ask a new person when they met them? Discuss in pairs. (3 min.) Write down their answers on the board. FB: Use their answers to check their language and to make questions. Have them help you to make "wh-" questions.

Controlled Practice (7-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Show the students the HO and quickly make sure they have the understanding of the words. Explain to them that they will work with their partners to come up with 2 questions for each of the words on the HO. Do an example or 2 together on the board (ex.: How old are you? How many brothers do you have?) and then have them work in pairs. (5 min.) FB: Write down questions you heard during monitoring on the board and engage the students in reformulating the questions.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-9 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Tell the students they are now going to get to know each other better. Ask them to stand up. Have them find someone they haven't spoken with today. Tell them to ask their new partner the questions they just made. (4 min) FB: Ask the students if they shared things in common with their partners. If so, what? If not, what were their differences?

Follow up (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Individually, have students write down answers to their own 12 questions. (4 min) Collect the papers, shuffle them, and pass them out in random order. Have the students read the papers and guess whom their paper describes/ belongs to.

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