Intermediate B1 level


In this lesson SS learn and practice idioms about luck ( gamble, stake, odds, bet) based on a story about a man taking risks to win a horserace. First I will elicit the Word luck in different context from the ss then I will get them to speak about photos and emphasize the word risk and risky. I will be working on the meaning of the words then form and pronunciaiton.This is followed by an activity where students practice the words and idioms in pairs and groups. Next, students will become even more familiar with the idioms and they will make up their own story. Finally, If enough time games will be played with the SS to practice more of the idioms. By the end of this lesson they should be able speak and write about the topic. (productive skills)


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of words and idioms in the context of luck

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of phrases of luck in gambling and lottery.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will Show two pictures (a girl and a boy )and hang them on the board. Their names are Alec and Barbara. Then I will stick the phrases on the board too. I will tell them that they are talking about phrases of luck and tell them that they will listen as I read out somethings about Alec says. For each one students should agree the best comment from the board list forBarbara to say in response.

Highlighting (8-12 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will write LUCK OF THE DRAW and key words around it as gamble,bet,stake and odds. I will introduce the key words that appear in Vocabulary exercise 1 before the ss tackle the exercise. I will choose a sport event which they are intersted in. I will write four teams on the board and ask which one will win the cup. Then I will write figures to represent the odds on the board e.g Brazil 2 to 1; England 4 to 1. I will elicit what the figures mean and teach the Word odd. (how much chance you have of winning). Then I will ask what ss will win if they bet 1 pound on of the football team. (so for every one pound you bet you will win 7 pounds) I will then ask the class if they would like to gamble. I will explain that gamble means that they might win more Money but also have the chance to löse. Tell class if they had an imaginary 50 pounds which team would they put the stake on. Then write their bet and discuss it with the class. Revise the words stake, gamble, odds and bet.

Clarification (6-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Once SS have an idea of the target language I will focus on the meaning first by giving an example. It's a bit of a gamble, but I think we should give it a go. linking /ˈɡæm.bl̩/ Is it a good habit? NO Is it a risk? Yes Do they decide to gamble at the end? Yes Harry was born into a very poor family, but against all odds he became very rich.(despite many difficulties ) /əˈɡenst/ /ɒdz/ Tell them odds is a plural noun and it synonyms. Was he born rich? No Is his family poor? Yes Is Harry rich now? Yes Tell students these are idioms and explain the difference between a normal phrase. Tell them Idioms exist in every language. An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally, like “bought the farm” has nothing to do with purchasing real estate, but refers to dying.

Controlled Practice (7-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Hang photos around the class and put SS in groups and tell them to go around the class and ask each other these questions. Do you ever do the thing in the Picture? Would you ever do this? Is it risky? I will go around to see if they know the Word risky and monitor the ss. Then give them the handout and tell them to match it with the definitons individually and tell them to check the answers with their pairs. If needed FB will be given.

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Tell them that they will watch a story of a group who won the lottery. Mak sure they understand what they are talking about so ask questions about the video. Then tell them to write a story about gambling, lottery, luck similar to the one they watched and tell them to go around the class and tell their story to their friends. While doing this activity go around the class and monitor. One or two ss could come up to the board and tell the w/c their story. They can either make up their story or write and tell a true story. If enough time bingo game will be played. As a backup plan for technology problem I will tell a story about a man called Mac who wanted to buy a new car and ended up with a horse.

Feedback and Error correction (2-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

I will give delayed FB or immediate FB while monitoring the ss.

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