James Huggett James Huggett

Teaching Practice 6
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about unexpected travel difficulties and the different decisions one can make in that moment. They will use listening deduction to piece together a scenario involving a couple and travel related lexis sets to answer this. Furthermore, using speaking practice to personalize this.


Abc Students coursebook exercise
Abc Brain storming paper and pens
Abc Pictures of travel disasters
Abc Cut up TL Expressions

Main Aims

  • To provide deduction listening practice using a text about travel problems in the context of an eventual journey

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice for fluency in the context of how travel can go wrong


Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • Getting the Ss interested in the topic

Introduce myself to the Ss Elicit some different ways to travel in whole group eg bus, train, plane, bicycle, walk, run etc. Tell Ss that sometimes getting from A to B is not as simple as it looks, and I will play a funny video about a car journey that goes wrong. Play the movie clip.

Lexis set up (10-12 minutes) • To establish the lexical sets

Tell Ss that in three groups, they each have to brainstorm what can go wrong in a car, train and bus. Ss can put the large pieces of paper on the floor, with the middle of the spider diagram completed with "problems on a car journey", "Problems on a train journey", and "Problems on a bus journey". They work on each one for 8 minutes. Each nominates a speaker who will read out each problem in whole group feedback

Listening (8-10 minutes) • Listening for deduction

Put the picture on powerpoint Ss dicuss in pairs for a minute what they think is the situation with Javier and Alice Whole group FB Tell Ss that I will play an audio in which Javier and Alice go on a journey, but it is a journey with many problems. Hand out the exercise. There is A-F, and I will play each part twice and get fb separately for each section as we go along. Whole group FB

Lexical gap fill (8-10 minutes) • Ss will place the correct expression into either their past or present form

Tell Ss that I will project a summary of Alice's journey on the board, and they have to write in the gap fill the correct word. They can do it individually, but I will have students coming up and writing in the spaces the answer.

Speaking for deduction (8-10 minutes) • Ss have to use a travel situation to provoke a role play conversation

Ss will in pairs or threes receive a picture, they have to imagine the travel disaster and who the characters are, and in almost free practice, continue the scene.

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