Shelly Fears Shelly Fears

Michelle ("Shelly") Fears TP#8
A2/B1 level


This will be a Test Teach Test form, focusing on salutations. Congratulations, Happy Anniversary, I'm sorry, etc.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of language used for Salutations in the context of Life Events

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for Salutations in the context of Life Events


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

I will have pictures of different life events on the wall. I will ask them to look at the pictures I will ask them to guess what the lesson topic may be. I will ask them to get in pairs and guess what today's topic is. They will talk for 2 minutes. T-WC for 1 minute.

Test #1 (5-7 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

I will ask them to stand up and arrange themselves by their birthdays. I will pair them by the first one and the last one, then the next to last and 2nd one, etc. Count them off as A and B. The first group will go to the birth area, the 2nd to the engagement announcement, the 3rd to the split up announcement, the 4th to the funeral announcement. They will take turns being the person in the picture with the news. The As are the people talking about the situation. The Bs will tell them certain words of sympathy or congratulations, depending on the scenarios. Monitoring: I will listen for sentences that are necessary for emphasis during teaching. If they know everything, they can practice correcting some written text. If they don't, we will carry on the lesson as planned...

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

The students will be given a list of congratulation and sympathy phrases to categorize into different categories: birth of a child, getting engaged, getting divorced, expressing sympathy. In groups of two, they will categorize words into the four different categories. 4 minutes They will look at each other groups and get feedback if they are correct or not. 2 minutes of FB between groups. Answers will be posted next to the signs of the life event. HO Life Event Words They will fill out the form alone, then check with their partners. 3 minutes. 2 minutes for writing on the board. HO Congrats and Sympathy Conversations -- By yourself for 2 minutes. Then check with your partner. Fill out the conversations with answers on the board. FB together as WC, because we need to drill the phrases. 5 minutes. They will practice the conversations with each other. They will take turns practicing the conversations. 3 minutes, even if they want to read them.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

They will redo the test 1 with different partners. 12345, 12345, all the 1s together, 2s together, etc. They will go to the stations again and have conversations for that life event at each place but not looking at their sheets.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Each person will be given a role with some life event on it. The students will mingle and share appropriate phrases with each other. If there are enough people, we will do the onion formation where the As are inside and the Bs rotate around. First the conversation will be for the As. Then the conversation will be for the Bs. Then the Bs (on the outside) will rotate to the right to talk with another person. Question for the class: What happens if you have good news and the other person has bad news. What did you do? What do you do in life? (Maybe wait on your good news?)

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