Abdelrhman Hussein Abdelrhman Hussein

Fame and Fortune
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students are exposed to terms usually used in the contexts surrounding the Fame and Fortune. Students will uncover new terms and phrases, or idioms, from an exercise designed to have them match the words with the their meanings. This activity will test their knowledge regarding this lesson. Teacher will further personalize the lesson by sharing a story of a celebrity and having students match the story with a the celebrity from a set of photos. In groups, students will have to come up with a story about a celebrity, either real or imaginary, wherein each person will be responsible for one aspect of the story (using 5 vocab/phrases from the matching exercise). The following activity which allows students to place sentences with the vocab/phrases in their correct logical order. This should further clarify whether students have gained greater understanding on the language used in this lesson. Students will peer check before listening to the correct orders from an audio. Students will then move on to Freer practice wherein they create a roleplay between a journalist and celebrity (each using 5 words they haven't used before in the lesson).


Abc Ex. 3a/b
Abc Ex. 3a/b
Abc Ex. 2a
Abc Matching Exercise

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of words and phrases used in the contexts of the Rich and Famous

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice using new language related to Fame and Fortune


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

The teacher will talk about his preferences of wanting to be secretly fortunate and not famous. The teacher will highlight reasons why people would want to be both, or just famous. Teacher will highlight some positives and negatives of Fame and Fortune.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Students will be given an HO exercise to match the main language in this lesson with its definition. Students will peer check and answers will be shared as a WC, students will be asked to provide example or to elaborate on the word/phrase in question

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

-Teacher will read a story using the some of the language. T will provide five photos of Famous people to match the story with. Students will write down their answers. WC discussion will ensue for students to explain their reasons. -In groups of threes, students will have to come up with a story. Each person in the group will be responsible for a specific time in the Famous person's life (e.g. early career, mid-career, full stardom/decline). Each student must use 5 words to complete their share. Each group will share their story in order.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

-Students will complete Ex. 2a, peer check, and listen to audio to check as a WC. -In small groups, students will sit in a circle and talk the positives and the negatives they were able to derive from Ex. 2a. Students will share what they were able to generate with the WC.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

-Students will do exercise 3a. (Work in pairs to create roleplay between A (a journalist) and B (a celebrity) wherein one asks questions to gather details about the celebrity and the celebrity responds with details about their lives. Students are to use vocab/phrases from Ex. 2a. -If time permits, students will act their interview (i.e. 3b) and have WC discussion pertaining to what they've learned about Fame and Fortune.

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