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Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practise modals of obligation and vocabulary related to personal qualities in the context of millionaires. First the teacher introduces the modals of obligation through guided discovery and Ss do some practice working alone and in pairs. Then Ss work on some vocabulary related to working life and personal qualities which are important for the jobs they'll cover. As a last step, Ss do a survey on "What takes to be a millionaire" and discuss about their scores in pairs.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of modals of obligation in the context of millionaires

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of a survey on what it takes to be a millionaire


Stage 1 Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To warm up Ss and lead-in to the lesson

1) Greet Ss and start the lesson with a joke: "Once there was a millionaire, who collected live alligators. He kept them in the pool in back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day he decides to throw a huge party, and during the party he announces, "My dear guests..Listen.. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and stay alive!" As soon as he finished his last word, there was the sound of a large SPLASH!! There was one guy in the pool swimming with all he could...the crowd cheered him on as he kept swimming in panic. Finally, he made it to the other side. The millionaire was impressed. He said, "My boy that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn't think it could be done! Well I must keep my end of the bargain...which do you want, my daughter or the one million dollars?" The guy says, "Listen, I don't want your money! And I don't want your daughter! I want the person who pushed me in that WATER!!!" Ask Ss what would they do in such a situation? Is the man crazy or smart to do offer such an interesting thing in his party?

Stage 2 Guided Discovery (Grammar) (6-10 minutes) • To clarify and practise modals of obligation

1) Give Ss the guided discovery handout and draw the chart on the board. Show one example on the board and ask Ss to work alone to fill in the chart. In feedback check answers. WC FB 2) As Ss to fold down the paper and do the matching alone. Then they check in pairs. Monitor and check in feedback. WC FB 3) As Ss to fold down once more and complete the pattern alone. Ss check in pairs. In feedback check their answers. WC FB 4) Finally, drill the modals, focus on silent letters like "should"

Stage 3 Practice A-B (10-18 minutes) • To practise modals of obligation through exercises

Before starting the exercise ECDW the words "mosquito net, bite, malaria, container, and raccoon" by asking the questions in your ECDW handout. 1) Give Ss the PRACTICE A handout and ask them to work alone to do exercise a. Then they check in pairs. They can use their notes when doing the exercises. 2) Then they do exercise b alone and check in pairs. 3) Finally give Ss the answer key and fold it down. They check their answers in pairs. 4) Give Ss PRACTICE B handout. Do one example in ex. a with the class. Ss work in pairs and complete the rest of the sentences. As they finish, ask them fold down the answer key to check their answers. 5) Ask Ss to look at the other side of their paper. Elicit the jobs from the pictures. Ss read the text and match the pictures with descriptions alone. Check answers WC. 6) Ask Ss to discuss the meaning of the words in bold. Monitor for feedback. Check their ideas WC FB. Give them the handout with meanings to check at home.

Stage 4 Sentence Writing (Ex 6.b) (4-6 minutes) • To provide guided writing &speaking using modals

Demonstrate by telling Ss about some of your friends' jobs. Say, "My bestfriend is also a teacher. We generally talk about our jobs and we believe that teachers have to be motivated. They should be good communicators but they don't have to be competitive." Ask Ss" What do your friends do?" Then ask them to write information about three of their friends' jobs, then compare in pairs. Monitor and check if Ss are using modals correctly. Nominate Ss to share their descriptions with the class.

Stage 5 Survey (ex. 7a-b) (5-6 minutes) • To practise modals through speaking

1) Give Ss 2 minutes to read and do the survey . Ask them to discuss their answers in pairs. 2) Tell them to fold down the paper and check their scores and read the explanations. Ask them to discuss their scores in groups of 3. 3) As a final acivity, you can ask for and announce the Ss who work like a millionaire.

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