To provide accuracy and fluency speaking in the context of difficult life choices.
To provide practice of language used for giving and asking for opinions and agreeing/disagreeing in the context of life events and choices.
To provide gist and specific information listening practice in the context of life events and choices
Procedure (45-45 minutes)
*Ask Ss to raise their hands if they've had to make any decisions today (all Ss should raise their hand as they made a decision to raise their hand or not). *Display questions about making decisions and ask Ss to discuss in pairs. *Ask Ss if they've ever had to make a really hard decision.
*Play recording and ask Ss to listen for the decision being discussed and the final decision made. *Ss compare answers in partners *Elicit answer from w/c *Play again and ask Ss to fill in the gaps of the dialogue. *Ss compare answers in partners *Display answer key
*Ss organize phrases into categories: asking for opinions, giving opinions, agreeing, and disagreeing and think of 1 more for each category in groups of 3. *Regroup Ss and monitor and provide assistance as necessary. *Display answers and elicit one new phrase for each category. *Ss work in same groups and think of additional collocations of phrases. *Monitor and provide assistance as necessary. *Display possible answers and ask Ss if they had any others. *Drill for pronunciation.
*Display 10 topics for significant life decisions and ask Ss to choose 1-2 topics. *Give Ss 2 minutes to think/make some notes about why it was a difficult decision and how their life would be different if they had made a different decision. *Ss share their life decisions with a partner, encourage Ss to remember their peers' responses. Ss discuss for 4 minutes. *Time permitting, switch partners once and share their life decisions. *Monitor and note down any language to correct during delayed correction. *Take short w/c feedback. What was the most interesting thing you heard? *Tell Ss they are going to work in groups and help their "imaginary" friends make a difficult decision. *Regroup Ss and give each group the first situation. Ss have 4 minutes to discuss the situation. In case of early finishers, have extra situations ready. *Monitor and note down any use of language needed to be corrected or reformulated for delayed feedback. *Ss regroup and discuss their decisions regarding the same situation with another group. *Time permitting Ss can discuss up to 10 different situations.
*Write examples of language in need of correction/reformulation and elicit correct sentences. *Praise for good language use throughout lesson.