Sabina Sabina

Intermediate level


This is a demonstration lesson for possible clients of the school's who might want to attend the Business Course at Speak UP.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Role Play in the context of Business: Making Contacts at a Conference

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist, detailed and specific information listening practice using a text about Socializing at a conference in the context of Business


Warmer (5-7 minutes) • To provide an ice-breaking activity

T tells SS they are going to get to know each other. To provide an example, T might elicit the questions from the SS, e.g. "the most jobs": "How many jobs have you had?", "the most complicated": "Which job has been the most complicated in your life?" SS mingle, ask questions and take notes. FB: the whole class chooses the most experienced person

Lead-In (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students, to elicit background knowledge of the topic

As a bridge, T asks SS how often they attend a conference, elicits some answers. Then T puts the quotation on WB: "A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together decide that nothing can be done," - tells SS to read it and decide if they agree with it or not. T divides SS in pairs: SS find out if their partners have the same opinions and provide 1 argument to justify it.

Pre-Listening (5-7 minutes) • to pre-teach topic related vocabulary, to prepare for the following listening task

T clarifies the meaning of the following words: taboo, conversation killers, a bit risky. SS work alone and do ex.1 on p.9 of the SB; SS then compare in pairs and decide on two topics for each category. FB: WC decides on one topic for each category.

Listening (12-15 minutes) • to provide listeting for gist and detail

T pre-teaches the following words: to get on with somebody. 1) SS work alone listen to the recording one time and fill in the second column of the table in ex. 2 p. 9 of the SB. After a brief pair check, SS listen to the recording again and fill in the first column of the table. SS then check their answers in pairs. 2) SS work alone and do the ex. 1 on page 9 from "Keeping the conversation going" section: SS first fill in the gaps and then listen again and check. After a brief pair check, T gives out the tapescripts and asks the SS to underline the answers in the dialogues.

Post-Listening (5-7 minutes) • to provide a post-listening activity

SS work alone and match sentences from the ex. 1 on page 9 from "Keeping the conversation going" section to the questions from ex. 2. After a brief pair check, T asks SS to brainstorm 2 or 3 ideas of their own for each category from ex. 2.

Preparation for the task (8-10 minutes) • to prepare for oral production activity

1) T says SS are going to attend a conference party at Disneyland, Paris. Its theme is Web 2.0: Business in the connected economy. SS work in pairs to come up with 2 ideas what the main issues of the conference might be, then T elicits some ideas and puts them on WB. 2) SS work alone and invent a business card for themselves (ex. 1 p 10 of the SB). 3) SS do ex. 2: first, they make questions and check in pairs, then they work alone and answer the questions about themselves or the personalities they assumed for the Role Play.

Task (8-10 minutes) • to provide oral production practice of the language/functions learned in the lesson

SS mingle and do ex. 3 on p. 10 of the SB. FB: T finds out who has gathered the most business cards.

Final Feedback (2-3 minutes) • to provide final feedback for the lesson

SS work in pairs and decide on 2 things from the lesson which they can use in the real life.

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