Kaouther Kaouther

Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will have practised vocabulary in the context of the road to fame. After the lead-in, they will re-order a text which they get to listen to as a check. Then comes the language clarification after which they will be asked to do a task. They will act an interview with one S as a journalist while the other as a celebrity.


Abc Audio track 8.1
Abc Cut-up text "The road to Fame"
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Projector
Abc Pictures
Abc Hand-outs
Abc Answer keys

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of fame lexis in the context of the road to fame

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the road to fame


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

Put pictures of famous people and ask the Ss if they know them, if they're famous and if it was easy for them to become famous? => So walking down the "road to fame" is not easy!

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Divide Ss into groups (ideally 4 groups of 3). Give them the cut-up text. Instruction: Ask them to work in groups and re-order the cut-up text. ICQs: Are you going to work individually? Demonstration: Do the first one "As a child..." together. The groups will stand up and check other groups' re-ordered text. Then, T puts the audio track to check their ordering.

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Teach the following vocab: a burning ambition (compound noun): Picture CCQs: does he look motivated? Is his motivation really on fire? Drill: He had a burning ambition to be known. a starring role (compound noun): Picture Ask for main role's synonym. Drill: He was offered the starring role in a movie. an overnight sensation (compound noun): CCQs: Was he famous before? Was it fast or slow? Did he become really famous suddenly? Drill: After his movie, he became an overnight sensation. to get his first big break (idiom): CCQs: was he famous before? Is he famous now? Was it his first hit? Drill: He got his first big break in a TV series. to be in the public eye (idiom): Pictures CCQs: Is Angelina Jolie always watched? Does she have a private life? Are paparazzi writing about her? Drill: Because of her fame, she is always in the public eye. to be hounded by the paparazzi (idiom): Picture CCQs: Who are these? Is she surrounded by the paparazzi? Does she look comfortable? Are they chasing her? Drill: She was hounded by the paparazzi chasing her around. to go into decline (idiom): Picture CCQs: Is his career getting better or worse? Drill: He became antisocial so his career went into decline. to make ends meet (idiom): Picture CCQs: Does he have a lot of money? Is he struggling to pay for the basics: food, rent, etc? Drill: Having barely enough money, he struggled to make ends meet. to make a comeback (idiom): Timeline CCQs: Was he famous in the past? Did he stop being famous? Do we know when? Is he famous now? Drill: After this break, he tried to make a comeback.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Give Ss handouts. Instruction: Ask them to work individually and fill in the blanks with words from the box (there's an extra ;)). ICQs: Are you working in pairs? Demonstration: Do the first one together (burning ambition). Pair check then provide answer key using the projector.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Instruction: Ask Ss to act an interview with one S as a journalist and another as a celebrity and ask about 5 or 6 questions about the celebrity's "road to fame". ICQs: Are you going to work in pairs? Are you going to write? Demonstration: put the questions on the projector. T-S: Ask <S1> the first question S-S: Make <S2> ask <S3> the second question *If there's time, make them switch roles and even mingle around.

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