safia safia

Upper- intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be talking about news and having debates about the advantages and disadvantages of the four main media sources – TV, the internet, newspapers and radio. SS will be guess the topic or the story behind some news headlines. I will elicit from them what is the useful language we could use during the debate. SS will choose the different topics randomly, one time they will be 'pro' and the other time, they will be 'against'.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy in the context of the advantages and disadvantages of media.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To predict content from headlines and teach students useful language to state their position for a topic and how to rebut or disprove the counter argument.


Warmer/Lead-in (6-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will start the lesson by asking ss how often they get the news? Everyday? Every week? More than once a day? I will ask them if they read news papers and which one. Finally I will show them some newspapers headlines and ask them to the stories behind these different headlines.

Preparation (6-8 minutes) • To give Ls time to prepare ideas on the topic.

I will ss that they are going to have debates in groups about different topics, sometimes they will be 'pro' and the other will be 'against'. I will divide them into two groups. I will ask them to choose from the folded papers topics to talk about. I will give them time to discuss the topics in groups and prepare their ideas .

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

I will elicit from students what are the useful phrases they could use during the debate, for example, to respect their colleagues point of view and express theirs, such as 'I see your point but I think' and so on.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

ss will have their debate. I will monitor and use stopwatch to set time for each group. I will take notes about their performance and their mistakes.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

I will praise ss performance and how their different points of views and if anyone did not follow the rules of having a debate I will mention this without referring to anyone. I will also deal with students' mistakes in grammar and pronunciation on the board.

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