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Things you can't live without: speaking lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson students are going talk about things they'd hate to be without. To achieve this, they will be provided with useful language through a listening exercises to be able to perform in the follow-up discussion.


Abc a set of pictures
Abc audio file
Abc a matching exercise handout
Abc Gap fill handout

Main Aims

  • To provide students with a topic and related new language they can use in today's lesson to enhance their fluency during speaking activities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to improve listening skills through looking for specific information in the listening task.


Warmer/Lead-in guess the topic (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and get students interested

- first I'll show students a couple pictures ask them what they are and if they can tell today's topic :( these pictures are of items that people usually use and can't do without) - After eliciting the topic title: " things I'd hate to be without", I'll put a set of pictures on the floor and ask students to pick the items that they can't live without and wrtie on the back of the pic. why this item is important to them. -they will discuss their picks in pairs then we'll have a feedback.

Preparation: listening. (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

- I'll distribute a matching exercise for the new vocabulary needed in the listening task. I'll have students check the answers in pairs and give them the answer key afterwards. - I'll clarify to the students that they're going to listen to six people talking about things they'd hate to be without, they will fill in a table with these things; their description and why they're important to the speakers. - Students will discuss their answers in pairs, then we'll have an open feedback.

Useful Language (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

- Students will make a list of things they'd hate to be without, they'll be provided with a list of suggested items they can use . - Then they'll be asked to take notes about the items they listed according to clues provided. - After taking notes, students will be provided with some useful language they can use to talk about the listed items in a more detail.

Productive Task: A discussion (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice the new language besides what students already know in a free mannar.

- In pairs, students will tell each other about the objects they have on their list covering all or some of the discussion topics . - I'll be monitoring most of this stage to take notes and give support.

Feedback and Error Correction (6-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

- I'll model some of their talk. - I'll write some examples of students' usage of language and ask them for their opinion. - - Extra activity: if still we have time, we'll play the game of 'guess the object'. students will choose one important object and they'll start talking about it to the group without telling its name, the rest of the group are allowed to ask only 3 questions to find out what the object is.

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