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On the phone (Functional language)
Elementary level


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for talking on the phone in the context of phone dialogues

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice by memorizing and repeating some phone conversations


Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ss watch a video and answer (individually) three simple True or False questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuMJlEnbAjI (1 m 27 s) Ss peer-check. Get FB w/c Elicit some phone phrases from Ss and write them on the board.

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

Ss IN GROUP focus on the TL excerpted from the listening in the previous lesson. They circle the correct option on the handout. Give a demo using the 1st sentence. Give handouts. Monitor and prompt. To check their answer each group looks at the answer key attached on different walls in the classroom. Show answers on WB

Clarification (11-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Give instructions about HO3, then give a demo on the board. Ss in pairs match the phrases with their meaning / function. Ss in turns come to the board to mark the answers. Ask some CCQs: Just a minute. Can the person talk now? (no) Must you wait? (yes) Can I call you back? Can I talk now? (no) Will I call you later? (yes) I’d like to speak to… Do you want to speak to someone? (yes) Are you asking to speak to someone? (yes) Am I calling this person at home or at his office? (office) Is it formal or informal? (formal) Is Simon there, please? Am I talking to Simon? (no) Do I want to talk to Simon? (yes) Do I know if Simon is there? (no) Am I calling Simon at home or at his office? (home) Is it formal or informal? (informal) Would you like to leave a message? Do you want to take a message from someone? (yes). Are you asking the other person to tell you something? (yes) Please tell him to call me. Is the person I want to speak to there? (no). Do I want him to call me later? (yes) Sorry, you have the wrong number. Am I talking to the right person? (no). Has the caller made a mistake? (yes) Hi, it’s Rob. Do you say this at the beginning or at the end of the call? (beginning). Does the other person know you? (yes) Clarify form, model & drill pronunciation marking sentence stress, linking and intonation on wb.

Controlled Practice (7-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Give instructions. Ask ICQs. Give HO4_Gap-filling. Ss individually complete four dialogues with the correct sentences. Monitor / prompt. Allow some time for peer-check. Ss listen to the dialogues and check their answers. Show completed dialogues on the board.

Challenging practice (disappearing dialogue) (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging practice of the target language

Divide the class in two groups: boys and girls. Show dialogue 1 of ex. 3 on the board. Model and drill the first dialogue. Ss repeat the 1st dialogue several times with fewer words each time until they memorize it. Repeat the procedure for dialogues 2, 3,4

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