Poh Chan, Leng Poh Chan, Leng

Useful functional language
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss practice listening to functional language in context via a series of conversation. Ss will practice speaking using phrases to change various topics of conversation. This will provide Ss opportunity to use this language in a meaningful, real-world context.


Abc cut-ups #3
Abc cut-ups #1
Abc cut-ups #2
Abc HO #1

Main Aims

  • Useful functional language, to provide gist listening and speaking with fluency and accuracy.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist listening and practice speaking using phrases to change topics in context via conversations and sentence stress.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

PW, Have Ss look at four different pics and link these images into a conversation. Ss will use what language they can. Monitor the task. Elicit and give an e.g. Elicit topic (n), drill WB, elicit the stress - topic /ˈtɒpɪk/

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

PW, Listen#1, have Ss listen to four conversations. Ss arrange the topic in correct sequence from the six cut-ups as they listen. There are two extra topics that aren't needed. Peer check. Feedback: Some Ss give the correct answers. Elicit and have Ss aware of a second topic in each conversation. Listen #2, have Ss put cut ups of the second topics in sequence beside the first topic in each conversation. There are two topics that aren't needed. Peer check. Feedback by some Ss

Useful Language (6-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

PW, Listen #3, Ask Ss if they are aware of how the two topics are connected in the conversations. The phrases that are being used. Have Ss write down the phrases they hear on a small piece of paper and put next to the previous topics. Pause after the first phrase to check if Ss got it correctly. If needed, pause for Ss to hear the phrases. Pronounce and drill the phrases WB Speaking of babies, Silvia is pregnant too That reminds me, " " " By the way, " " " Before I forget, " " " I've just remembered something, " " "

Productive Task(s) (15-18 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

PW- Ss A & B, to practice using these phrases to change topics. Ss A and B. With cut-ups of six different topics and phrases. Divide three topic for each Ss. Demo, Ss A & B, Ss A (right hand) pick up a topic to start the conversation. Ss B (left hand), pick a second topic, use a phrase to change the topic and continue the process using different phrases. Have Ss aware of the tenses and intonation they will use in the conversation. Give Ss a few moments to look at the topic for the preparation. Monitor closely.

Feedback and Error Correction (2-3 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Feedback by doing necessary and appropriate error corrections.

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