Reagan Reagan

Fantasy Dinner Party
Intermediate level


In the context of having a dinner party with famous guests invited from modern or historical times, Students will speak, expressing their opinions and discuss different options, resulting in a final seating chart production.


Abc Fantasy dinner Party

Main Aims

  • To have students practise their speaking skills to express their opinions in the context of a fantasy dinner party

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise listening for gist and specific details in the context of a model of the subsequent speaking activity


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

Students will look at a picture of a group of famous people, trying to understand who they are what the context for the picture is, thus introducing the idea of a celebrity dinner party.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

Students will listen to the listening of six speakers explaining who they would invite and why. Students will take notes on a handout with a special folded over "help" section to make it more accessible for lower level students. If necessary, the listening wil be played a second time but hopefully this will not be necessary given the pre-teaching and help section. After taking notes, students will discuss in pairs the proposed dinner guests, expressing their opinion about whether they are good or logical choices.

Task - Part 1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

In pairs, students will discuss and take notes on five possible dinner guests, writing notes on who and why they want to invite. They will have a "Useful Language" sentence starters to help them.

Task - Part 2 (6-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to discuss their ideas

Students will be re-grouped (depends on number of students) and asked to make selections from their different list, proposing their ideas and responding to the alternatives proposed by other students. Again, they have a "Useful Language" box to help them. In the end they should produce a final list of six guests that they agree on.

Task - Part 3 (5-7 minutes) • To allow students to report on how they did the task and how it went

Students will then take their guests and seat them in the table plan logically, considering the guests history, topics of interest, gender etc. They will again have a "Useful Language" section to encourage language use.

Report / Error Correction (5-7 minutes) • To allow students to explain their ideas to others

If time allows, students will be re-formed in new groups and then present their dinner party guests and ideas to the group. Depending on number of students and the efficiency of the pacing, this section may be dropped. Alternatively, this may be a language feedback portion, where common errors noticed by the teacher can be addressed.

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