Jolita Jolita

Grade 11C, B1 level


In this lesson, students learn different ways of expressing preferences through guided discovery based on a reading text about two people in a restaurant. The lesson starts with a discussion about about food choices that peope have to make on daily basis. This is followed by presenting examples with phrases that express preferences and helping students to make rules by themselves. Finally there is some controlled practice through sentence completion and free practise via a final role-play speaking activity.


Abc a photo showing food choices
Abc Example sentences
Abc gap-fill handout
Abc a dialogue
Abc roleplay cards

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of preferences

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of 'would rather' and 'would better' in the context of food choices


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students look at the photo and discuss the food choices people make on every day basis. Then student watch a video 'Health Nuts Swap Diets With Junk Food Addicts'. Teacher asks about students' personal food choices.

Exposure (2-3 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Teacher asks students what they would prefer to have for lunch. Teacher elicits the answers.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Teacher shows example sentences and asks the questions to help the students to make their own rules about 'would rather' and 'would better'. Once students make the rules, teacher shows the slides with more examples.

Clarification (3-4 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Students read two dialogues and then answer the questions in pairs. Teacher quickly elicits the answers.

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students complete the sentence cards with correct forms of would prefer and would rather. Students discuss the sentences in pairs or groups.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students work with partners. Students read the role-cards and begin when they are ready. Teacher monitors the class for later classroom feedback.

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