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Animals - A Day Out speaking lesson
Elementary level


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of a day out at the zoo

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of animal words in the context of the zoo


Lead-in (ANIMAL PICS & NAMES) (3-4 minutes) • Students get motivated and talkative

Put animal pictures on board or around room and ask students to match the animal names to the correct picture. (12 words - 6 on each table) WGFB - check answers are correct

Discuss animals (3-4 minutes) • Students talk

DISCUSS IN PAIRS: (2 mins) - which is their favourite animal & why - which is scary & why WGFB

McheckFP (6-7 minutes) • Students improve their understanding and pronunciation of the words

Form - one by one, write the words on the board next to the picture. Also write any extra they found on maps. Elicit - nouns. Elicit - plurals of difficult ones (wolves, sheep, mice) Pronunciation - elicit stress and mark it on board. Drilling - especially the tricky ones (wolf, wolves, etc) Then test! Remove animal names from board and elicit by pointing to pictures only.

Categorise the animals (5-6 minutes) • Students learn which group animals belong to

Write headings on board. In pairs, students discuss which category each animal belongs to: 1 - wild animals 2 - farm animals 3 - pets (2 mins) Swap pairs. WGFB - stick pictures under headings.

Zoo Maps (TWO MAPS) (5-6 minutes) • Students talk

Now we'll look at zoos in London and Istanbul. Can you find these animals? What other animals can you see? Where do you eat? Stick maps on opposite sides of classroom. Half of class goes to each map and discusses the questions. (2 mins) Swap maps and do same again. (2 mins) WGFB - what difference do they see in the maps? Any animals they don't know?

Controlled Practise (TWO MAPS) (5-6 minutes) • Students talk!

Give an example to students, then students speak in pairs. (2 mins) EXAMPLE: I went to Regent's Park zoo. I saw monkeys, lions, tigers, and lots of birds. I want a monkey as a pet because I think they are funny and cute. I don't like lions because they are scary! Think about the last time you went to the zoo. Which animals did you see? (When I went to the zoo I saw.....) Which animals do you want as a pet? (I want.... because....) Which animals don't you like? (I don't like.... because....) Swap pairs (2 mins) WGFB

Freer practise (POINTS CUTOUTS) (5-6 minutes) • Students talk!

Picture of animal on students back. Other student must describe animal to them. Each time they guess correct, they take a point cut out, swap partners, repeat until time is up. Most points wins. WGFB - most points??

Mingle - competition (TWO MAPS) (5-6 minutes) • Students talk!

Students stand next to the 2 maps. Half students represent Regent's Park, half represent Istanbul Zoo. Students mingle and convince others their place is best. When convinced, joins their group. Most wins. WGFB - why is your zoo best?

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