James Huggett James Huggett

Teaching Practice 7
Intermediate level


Abc Selfies 'Should' Advice
Abc Reading on Phone Etiquette
Abc Overview handout, advice and obligations
Abc Powerpoint Grammar

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of Modals of Obligation, Must and Should, Mustn't and Shouldn't, in the context of mobile phones and their usage

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about mobile phones in the context of politeness and effective use in society


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

Show Ss my mobile phone. All the Ss place theirs on their desk. I take the phones away. I will elicit from Ss in whole group, could they imagine life without it? Then ask them, how about the way that other people use their mobile phones? Does it annoy you? Then tell them I will play a video with an idea, and Ss have to watch and answer if they think it is a good idea or not? After video, discuss in pairs if they think, even though it is a humorous clip, if there is a serious point to be made about mobile phones and our obsession with them, and the way we use them in society. WGFB.

Reading and Grammar (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the reading and make it accessible

Tell Ss we will now read advice about mobile phone etiquete. Elicit what does etiquette mean? Synomones are customs, politeness, respect, manners, code, acceptable, correctness CCQ's - Is it good behavior? Yes. Is it agreed by society? Yes. Is it in law? No. Is it about giving respect to others? Yes. Elicit that it is more personal responsibility than law enforcement. If someone is rude, it is not illegal. Ss read the article to answer these questions: 1) Do you agree with the article? 2) Do you ever do these things? 3) Are there other things that people do with mobiles that can be annoying? Discuss in pairs. WGFB. Then read again. Match the phrases with their meanings., 1) You should change it. 2) You must not use your phone 3) You shouldn’t carry on mobile phone conversations 4) You must take a call Elicit the keywords in them: 'Should', 'Must', 'Shouldn't', 'Mustn't.' Elicit what are the differences are between them? Point out a difference, as mentioned before, between unwritten and written rules. Write in pen over the top of the OHP. Powerpoint presentation on grammar. 'Should' - something that is advice or an opinion 'Must' - something that is an obligation, external enforcement, rules or law. Should is weak. Must is stronger. Negative forms: 'Shouldn't' and 'Mustn't' are both similar strengths in their negative form

You should advice for selfies (10-12 minutes) • Practice of Should and Shouldn't

Tell Ss that we had advice about mobile phones, now I will provide advice about how you should or shouldn't take a selfie, with examples. A fun powerpoint presentation. At the end, we will take a perfect class selfie! Having learned from others mistakes! Tell students they must now think of a topic in which they can provide advice using an example of should, shouldn't, must and mustn't. One sentence for each. After writing, tell to their partner. Then WGFB.

Practice of Must/Mustn't & Should/Shouldn't (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to expand on what they've learned

Inform Ss they will receive a handout with different situations in life where they also have to apply the target grmmar, the sentence is half completed so just a quick example for each. I hope it can be light-hearted in tone. For must or mustn't - the answers can be serious. But for should and shouldn't, like the powerpoint, they can be fun and irrelevant. (Optional) Ss can mingle around the room and ask each other about the situations, and the other responds with their answer. WGFB

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