Intermediate level


By the end of this lesson, students will have learnt how to use advice and suggestion patterns functional language to respond to a person's problem in the context of dilemmas.


Abc hand-out

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of functional language used for giving advice or making suggestions to respond to a person's problem in the context of dilemmas

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about people at a crossroads in the context of dilemmas
  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about advice and suggestions given by a friend in the context of dilemmas certain people are in
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a order to practice the target language in the context of dilemmas and suggestiions


Lead-in (5 minutes) • To activate Ss knowledge of the context and create interest in the topic

Tell about a personal anecdote when you were in a dilemma to elicit the word and ask Ss for some advice or suggestions for your dilemma. Follow EMFA for the word 'dilemma' Drill it and show the stress.

Reading for scanning (5 minutes) • Ss scan the text to answer specific questions

Tell Ss they'll read about 3 people and their dilemmas and ask them to find who has the most difficult decision make. Ask them to read individually and then decide with a friend who has the most difficult decision to make. WGFB. Project two questions on the board and ask Ss to discuss them in pairs. WGFB: ask for the most interesting ones

Listening for gist (5 minutes) • Ss listens to get a general idea about the audio

Tell Ss they will listen to a dialogue between Lynn (from Speaking exercise 1) and Carl' a close friend. Ask them to listen and answer the questions on their own. Peer check. WGFB.

Listening for scanning (7-9 minutes) • Ss listens to the audio for specific information to match the sentences with phrases related to suggestions and advice

Tell Ss they will hear it again. This time they will complete the sentences in column A with a phrase column B individually. Peer check. WGFB.

Reading for scanning language forms (5 minutes) • Ss find the functional language patterns of suggestions and advice in the text.

Ask Ss to find the sentences of suggestions and advice on their own and then check with their partners. Drill and show stress. talk about form. 1) "If I were you, I'd call them right now." Second conditional: If Simple Past, would + base form 2) Have you thought about speaking to his parents first? Preposition + gerund Ask CCQs for appropriacy.

Controlled Practice (8-9 minutes) • Provide Ss with practice of how to form patterns of suggestions and advice.

Take six chairs and place them with certain distances between each one of them. On each chair, leave jumbled sentences of suggestion patterns. there will be a student for each chair and ask them to put them in order. Check the answers and correct if necessary. Repeat it until each student finishes ordering all the sentences on their own. At the end' ask them "Why is the person giving this advice? What do you thing has happened?' WGFB.

Freer Activity (10 minutes) • Provide Ss with fluency speaking to practice the suggestion patterns

Name each student A or B. Give them cards accordingly. Tell Ss 1)Student A asks Student B for advice telling about their situation with pronoun I. 2) Student B gives advice according to the information on their card using the just-learnt target language. If there is time, Students change roles.

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