Hossein Hossein

Intermediate - B1 level


In this lesson, students practice expressing their references using the word "would"+love/prefer, etc. in a controlled and also later in a semi-controlled manner. The context is the front page story of a newspaper and the possible pictures that go with it. The students will also learn and practice some words which they have found in their stories. By the end of the lesson, students will be better able to express their preferences.


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Main Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in a conversation and debate in the context of news stories

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide vocabulary related to preference and and practice for the structure would + prefer/like


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

The teacher elicits the word editor and explains to the students that they are going to put together a newspaper. The teacher has to form groups of 3 or 4.

Useful Language (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

The teacher has to pre-teach vocabulary in the texts and drill them (mfp).

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

The students read the outlines of the news stories and decide alone which should be the main story of the front page and which should be the secondary story. Half the class should have the choices from page 128, and the other half will receive the sentences from the page 130. Students should have a reason for what they chose.

Productive Task 1 (6-9 minutes) • To utilize the structures and vocabulary presented to them

Each group needs to discuss and reach a consensus on what the front cover story is. They need to use the structure "would + like/prefer". The teacher has to monitor for the delayed FB.

Productive Task 2 (6-9 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher elicits what else they need for their newspapers; e.g. headline and pictures. The teacher gives the students the pictures and asks them to find a suitable picture for their main story. The students places the picture on a blank sheet of paper and thinks of a name for their newspaper.

Productive Task 3 (6-9 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to use the target language

The teacher asks groups to choose a representative and then splits the groups and forms new groups. The representatives of the original groups have to explain the choice to the new groups. The teacher has to monitor for delayed FB.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

The teacher puts some of the errors on the w/b and gets the Ss to correct them.

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