Alethea Simatos Alethea Simatos

Intermediate level


Abc Writing handout
Abc TP6 slides
Abc Text from SB p66

Main Aims

  • To provide practice writing an advertisement in the context of describing houses/apartments
  • To provide clarification and practice of expressive adjectives in the context of describing houses/apartments, e.g. superb, perfect, spacious

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scanning reading practice using a text about holiday homes in the context of houses/apartments


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T asks SS what they know about airbnb and if they have ever used it. T asks SS to quickly discuss in pairs what they would look for in an airbnb place on holiday. Nominates from each pair to FB to WC, boards any lexis that will be useful in following stages.

Reading #1 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with general understanding of the text and provide them with a model for the writing task

T instructs SS to read quickly through the two adverts and decide which house they would stay in for a two-week holiday, and why. T sets time limit of 4 minutes and hands out materials. Nominates SS for WCFB and boards any vocab that's useful for following stages.

Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide practice scanning for specific information and to expose the students to the TL

T elicits what adjectives are, and what scanning is. ICQs. SS scan the first advert and circle any adjectives that help "sell" the house. Time limit of 2 minutes. Peer-check and WCFB. T boards the adjectives.

Language Focus (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form, pronunciation and appropriacy of the target language

T clarifies meaning through eliciting (or provides if necessary) and use of cline to show the adjectives that are (ungradable) extreme. Use visuals. T highlights, models and drills pronunciation. T elicits form. T mentions that extreme adjectives are not used for mundane things, e.g. a living room that is just nice. Use visuals: a magnificent living room vs a nice living room. Must be WOW factor.

Controlled Practice (7-9 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice (Sub aim: scanning for specific information)

T has students change partners. New pairs complete scan second advert for "nice" and replace with TL. ICQs, time limit 4 mins. Peer-check with another pair. WCFB to concept check meaning.

Planning / Writing Task (10-14 minutes) • To identify the structure of the model text / To provide students with free practice of the target language

T goes through the instructions/format for the writing task: 1. elicit how many paragraphs. 2. elicit the topic of each paragraph. 3. Board this as template. Sets time limit. ICQs. Draws SS's attention to the useful language box. In small groups, SS write an advert for the house T gives them, using the TL and useful language. Students put adverts up on wall and take a couple of minutes to circulate and decide which one they would like to stay in.

Feedback on Language (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with feedback on their language

T boards examples of good language and any problem areas that affect accurate production of the TL. Elicits correct language/reformulation from the SS.

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