Khadija El Mahrsi Khadija El Mahrsi

TP4 - Khadija El Mahrsi
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practise their speaking through giving tips about social customs.


Abc Target language handouts
Abc Useful language presentation
Abc Answer keys handouts
Abc Activities handouts

Main Aims

  • By the end of this session, students will have learned how to give tips on social customs in a specific country

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice gist listening and extracting useful information.


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

Ask Ss if they had travelled before. If the answer is yes, ask: "Where did you go?" If the answer is no, ask: "Would you like to?" and/or "Where would you like to travel?" The next step is to ask if they would behave the exact same way they do here (in Tunisia) when they visit another country. If the answer is yes, use an example: Removing shoes inside houses in Japan. If the answer is no, ask: "Why not?"

Pre-teach vocab (3-5 minutes) • To introduce useful vocabulary for the upcoming listening activity

Elicit the different words: social custom: follow-up to the lead-in. Why do people act differently when visiting a foreign country? split the bill: Use an example about going to a restaurant. What are the different ways to pay? crumpled: Use a crumpled paper + CCQs. Drill the vocabulary: social customs: You should respect social customs. split the bill: Let's split the bill. crumpled: She wore a crumpled dress.

Listening task (4-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

Ss listen to eight people talk about social customs and try to identify the topics each speaker is talking about. Students may be asked to listen again and provide as much info as they can about what each speaker says about the different topics.

Useful Language - Part 1 (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ss start by completing the missing phrases by listening to recording T7.8. They then try to identify some expressions that can be used for giving tips. The next step is to use a presentation to give them the different expressions (so that they could read the ones they might have missed).

Useful Language - Part 2 (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

In pairs, Ss need to come up with tips for a foreign visitor to Tunisia, relating to the topics mentioned in the listening activity. T should be ready with prompts to help the Ss in case they get stuck.

Productive Task(s) (7-10 minutes) • To practice speaking through giving tips on how to behave in Tunisia

Role play: In pairs, one student plays the role of a foreigner and the other plays the role of a local. The local gives the foreign visitor tips on how to behave in Tunisia. The roles are then inverted. As a demonstration, T gives the following example: In Tunisia, people generally take the time during greetings to chat about families, friends, and general topics.

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

On the board, write a couple of mistakes caught during the freer practice. Have the Ss try to identify the mistake and correct it. If not, T corrects the mistake.

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