Sabina Abdullaeva Sabina Abdullaeva

Vocabulary lesson, with pronunciation and speaking practice
B1+ level


In this lesson, students practice vocabulary, followed by a brief pronunciation practice of the sound 'schwa' and speaking practice with the use of new vocabulary.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of hopes, dreams and ambitions in the context of future

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice the meaning of the sound 'schwa' and to practice speaking with the new vocabulary.


Warmer/Lead-in (1-3 minutes) • To generate interest in the context of hopes, dreams and ambitions.

I will ask the class about Mr. Daisuke's dream with the reference to the previous lesson's text. (His dream is to train Japanese pet-owners to take better care of their pets). Then I will ask them for their opinion on the subject.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I will provide students with pictures and ask them to describe them. I will ask the students to listen to a conversation and to match the names of the speakers with the pictures A,B, and C and by writing down the names next to them individually and the to have them checked in pairs. Then the students shall be asked to come to the board and write their answers.

Highlighting (5-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I shall instruct the students to listen to the conversation once more. Then complete the expression with the options provided in the sheet that i shall shorty after the instructions distribute. Then I play the recorded conversation and ask the students to check their answers first with peers and provide a delayed feedback outside of the classroom.

Practice vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • Controlled Practice

Ss are divided into a group of three "hopeful", "dreamers" and the "ambitious" and asked to re-group themselves with their new team-mates. Then within the group they write five sentences with the expressions they have just learnt. After several minutes they are asked to get up, form a circle and play the ball game, e.g. "Hi name is Sabina and one day, I'd like to go to Shakira's concert". The words 'hopes', 'dreams' and 'ambitions' are explained. Then the words are drilled.

Pronunciation Practice (8-10 minutes) • Practice syllable stress in a sentence and 'shwa'

Play the recording and mark the first sentence. Define the words that are usually stressed: e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives (meaningful verbs), and the ones we don't generally stress such as pronouns, except for when correcting information. Have the students complete the rest of the exercises in pairs. Then practice saying the sentences.

Semi-Controlled Practice (2-3 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Ask students to work in pairs to find out about each other's hopes and ambitions. Ask them to discuss whether they can both achieve them.

Free Practice (2-3 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students tell the whole class whether they think their partners can have their dreams come true.

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