Speaking: New Year
Intermediate Teenagers level


Abc Whiteboard and markers
Abc Synonyms / Gap-fill handout
Abc Find Someone Who HO
Abc Discussion Cards
Abc Vocabulary - Definition Match Worksheet
Abc Reading text HO
Abc Happy New Year Photo

Main Aims

  • Speaking: to provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of new year plans.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Vocabulary: to provide practice of personal goals, plans and wishes for the upcoming year.


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

* Show the Happy New Year photo on OHP. * Ask Ss to think of 3 words that best describe the past year of their lives and 3 other words that they hope to describe their upcoming year. * Give Ss 2 minutes to think. * Discuss with Ss their word lists.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading context.

* Expose Ss to the text they are going to read by doing a Vocabulary-Definition Matching Exercise. * Ask Ss to work in pairs and try to match each word with its definition. * Assign 3 minutes to finish answering this exercise. * Tell Ss they will read an article about New Year's Resolutions to find out if they could match the words with their correct definitions. * Write on board 3 comprehension questions regarding the text and ask Ss to answer them in-pairs in 2 minutes: 1. What is a New Year’s resolution? 2. According to the text, what are the most popular New Year’s resolutions? 3. Why is it difficult to keep New Year’s Resolutions? * Give a whole class feedback.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

* Enrich Ss' vocabulary knowledge through : (1) Synonym Replacement Exercise. (2) Gap-fill Exercise. * Give Ss the two-exercise worksheet. * Assign 3 minutes to answer each exercise in pairs. * Pairs exchange their worksheets for peer correction. * Give a whole class feedback.

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

# Task (1) : * Give every s in the class a copy of the New Year Find Someone Who worksheet. * Explain to Ss the objective of this activity is finding different people for each category of the list. * Ask Ss to mingle, asking and answering the questions. * Assign 7 minutes for finishing this exercise. * Monitor Ss progress. * Observe any serious mistakes. * Do a whole class feedback. # Task (2) : * Divide the class into 3 groups sitting in clusters. * Give each group an envelope that contains discussion questions cards. * Each s takes turns piking a question from the envelope and asks it to another member of the group. Then it is the next student’s turn. * Assign 7 minutes for finishing this discussion. * Monitor Ss' progress providing any help needed. * Observe pronunciation mistakes. * Remind Ss with timing. * Ask each S to say something he/she knew about another member of his/her group. * Give a whole class feedback regarding the observed serious mistakes.

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