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Productive Skills - Speaking
Elementary level


In this lesson Ss will practice a variety of speaking activities. The context follows from the previous lessons of the day (shopping). Ss will identify common objects, ask about things in shops and say how much things are. They will also learn some additional functional phrases that will assist Ss to drive the price and negotiate a sale. Some functional phrases: "too much", "sale", "up", and "down".


Abc English Unlimited A1 Starter, Adrian Doff, Cambridge University

Main Aims

  • To motivate Ss to speak using a variety of interactive activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To teach Ss additional functional phrases aiding them to complete the activities with a better understanding


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- T introduces himself to the class - T asks the Ss how they are feeling today - T walks around the class complementing Ss choice of clothing, accessories, etc. - T states that he likes to shop sometimes (when he has money!) - T elicits from students if they enjoy (or like) to shop - T leads into the Warmer activity

Warmer/Picture Difference Task in Teams (9-10 minutes) • To generate interest in the theme of the lesson and introduce key vocabulary

- T makes sure that the class is set up properly (open space) - T asks a student to come to the front (demonstrate activity first) - T gives him/her a paper with the object/picture - T starts the demonstration - T thanks S and has him/her sit down - T tells class that they will have approximately 10 minutes to do the activity - T assigns Ss a number (1 or 2) - T says "You will not tell the other person what the object is you must describe it" - T asks "What are we doing? How much time do you have?" - T says "If you are done switch papers with the person next to you" - T monitors and notes vocabulary knowledge

Preparing To Speak (7-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to prepare for the speaking task and to generate ideas to speak about

- T wraps up the warmer and settles class - T says "Now you will work alone" - T says "You will do number 1 and 2; first match and then add words" - T says "You have eight minutes to work on this." - T asks "What are we doing?" - T asks "Are you working in pairs? Or alone?" - T says "Check your answer in pairs when you are finished" - Write number two (1a) on the board - T says "What were your answers for number two?" - Do a WCFB

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

- T writes on the board the following words: - Sale, Too Much, Up, and Down - T elicits meaning for the following: - "When something is too much, do we buy it?" - "Do we buy it when it is on sale?" - "Can we ask for a sale?" - T writes on the board: "How much is this plate?" - T asks Ss to pronounce /this/ "How much are these cups?" - T asks Ss to pronounce /these/ - Drill the pronunciation of this/these - T does a WCFB

Productive Task #1 Role Play (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

- T will assign Ss (A) or (B) - T tells Ss "Both (A) and (B) will have a price guide with the handout" - T tells Ss "You have 30 liras" - "Student A will buy: a T-shirt, a bag, a pair of jeans and one other thing" - Student A has five minutes to complete and then switch - What are we doing for this activity? - How much time do you have? - Now practice

Productive Task #2 Re-order Words (6-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity for students to practice speaking and forming questions

- T arranges the Ss into groups of 4-5 - T says "You have here some words" - T says "Arrange the words to ask and answer questions" - T says "You have 8 minutes" - T asks "What are we doing?" - T asks "How much time do you have?" - T asks "Are you working in groups?" - T instructs groups to read out their Question and Answer

Feedback and Error Correction (4-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

- T asks Ss "What was difficult about the activities?" - T waits to elicit answer from Ss - T says "Let's go over the last activity." - T writes on the board: "How much is this plate?" A: It's 35 euros "How much are these cups?" A: They're 10 euros each. - T asks Ss individually "Do you understand?" - T says "Let's go over.....(select Ss preference for error correction"

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