Ayse Ayse

Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about how to write a persuasive essay.


Abc T-chart
Abc question-answer
Abc T-chart fill-in
Abc Writing task

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a persuasive essay in the context of language

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about how to write a persuasive essay
  • To provide practice of modals in the context of language


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

Greet the Ss. Ask them what they remember about the topic of languages. Let them make a small brainstorming about the texts they read.

Exposure (15-20 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Attract their attention to the blue box on the page 213 and tell them they they are going to write a persuasive essay at the end of the lesson. Before reading the information in the box, ask them what a persuasive essay might be. Elicit their ideas. Make them watch the youtube video about writing a persuasive essay and tell them to take notes of what they think is important. Then, as a practice, ask them to complete exercise B t-chart and write a thesis statement about the topic.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ask them to look at exercise C, and to try to identify arguments and counterarguments in the sentence. Then, ask them to look at the information box on the page and attract their attention to the use of "while" and modals in the arguments. Let them do exercise D. After showing them the useful language, ask them do exercise E as practice. When they finish, put them in pairs and make them check each other's answers. If they are different, tell them to rationalise their answers. Then make them write their own argument using the concession words and modals.

Productive Task(s) (45-50 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Tell Ss that they are now ready to write an essay and give them topic. First, give them 5 minutes to brainstorm about the topic, then give them 10 minutes to make an outline. Then, give them another 30 minutes to complete their essay. Monitor while they are writing.

Feedback and Error Correction (25-30 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

After they finish writing, tell them to change their papers with their friends and check each other's essay in terms of the organization, content, and use of English. Tell them to give oral feedback to each other and while doing this remind them to be positive. Monitor the whole process. Note down the common errors and at the end of the class, give a whole-class feedback.

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