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Speaking: anecdote
Intermediate level


In this lesson students are going to listen about a man (Jake) who was in a dangerous situation, revise present perfect simple, learn the stages of telling a story and are going to practice speaking telling a story.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice in speaking for fluency in telling a story about a dangerous or exciting situation happened in the past

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in listening for gist and specific information in the context of telling a story about a dangerous situation and to revise present perfect simple


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

Focus Ss attention on the photo of Jake on the board. Tell them that he was in a dangerous situation because of a ball. Ss guess what was the situation. Ss work in pairs and guess. when Ss finish, ask them to share their guesses with the class. write them up on the board

Listening for general specific information (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening task

Focus Ss on the sentences. Tell them to listen and mark these statements as true and false. Give Ss time to go through the statements and read them. Ss then listen. Ss check answers in pairs. Check the answers with the whole class.

Listening for detailed understanding. (3-5 minutes) • To provide Ss with more challenging detailed listening task

Focus Ss on the questions and answers on the HO. Tell Ss that they are going to listen and tick the right answers and change the incorrect ones. Give Ss time to go through the questions and answers and read them. Ss then listen and answer. Give Ss the answer key to check in pairs.

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

Focus Ss on the table on the HO and the parts of the story in the box. Give Ss the HOs. Monitor and help. Ss then check answers in pairs. Open class feedback.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Tell Ss to go back to the questions about Jake's story. Tell them to answer the questions about a dangerous or exciting story happened to them. Give Ss the HO of the speaking activity. Ss answer the questions for themselves. Monitor and help. Be sure that Ss are writing notes ONLY and not a paragraph. Put Ss in pairs and tell them to take turns to tell each others their stories. Encourage Ss to ask follow-up questions about their partners' stories. Monitor and write down any notes. When Ss finish, pair them with different S and tell them to tell each other their stories (IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME) otherwise, nominate some learners to report back to the class about what they found out.

Feedback and Error Correction (1-2 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

write up on the board any mistakes Ss made during speaking.(if any occured) Ask Ss to correct them. elicit and praise their good use of the language.

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