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CELTA TP4 (Teacher E)
Elementary level


In this lesson, students consolidate the past simple through a written report, and practice transferring information from a questionnaire into a written text.


Abc Students' writings
Abc blank papers
Abc Lesson Handout
Abc questionnaire

Main Aims

  • To provide practice in writing holiday reports and reviews

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice functional language in the same context


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

- The students play the hang-man game. The teacher use the word holiday for the game (Explain the game before they play). - Ask the students about their last holiday: "Where did you go for your last holiday?" (get the students' responses without further questions/discussion) - Tell the students that they are going to read about Someone's (Alex's) holiday.

Reading for gist (8-10 minutes) • To enable Ls to get a general understanding of the text

- First, focus on the questionnaire. Go through the questions, and highlight that the answers are not complete sentences but notes. Elicit/teach any expressions SS don't understand. - Secondly, focus on the instructions "Read Alex's questionnaire and report. Which questions does Alex answer in each paragraph?". Give SS in pairs/groups 2 minutes to match the questions and paragraphs. - Finally, check answers and write the correct answers on board.

Genre Analysis (8-10 minutes) • To develop Ls writing skill by drawing their attention to features of the genre (content and language)

- Ask SS to read the report and compare it with the questionnaire answers. Ask SS: What is this writing called? How many paragraphs are in this writing? What tense is used? (When did the speaker go to Rome? Last august. Is it in the past, the present or the future?). Draw SS attention to the following functional language: I went with ............., We flew to Rome with .........., During the day, .............., It was very difficult to ...................

Motivate students to write (3-5 minutes) • Orient Ls to the type of the text, context, target language

- Prior to passing the questionnaire out, ask SS to imagine that they work for a travel company and you were asked to write a report about your last holiday. Your company also decided that the best report will be posted on the company's Facebook page and that the writer will get a reward (Tell them that the reward is real and the other teachers will decide which writing is the best?)

Writing Task (15-16 minutes) • To enable Ls to practise writing skills

- Pass the questionnaire out. Give the SS 2 minutes to make notes about their last holiday, using questionnaire's answers as a model. - Ask the SS to write 4 paragraphs about their last holiday. Ask them to pay attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar. - Give the SS 13 minutes to write the report in class

Feedback (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on content and language

- If there is enough time, ask the students to swap and read each other's reports and correct any mistakes they find, before you collect them all in. - Ask the observing teachers to check the student's writings and choose the best one to be rewarded.

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