Selin Selin

Teaching Practice 8
Upper Intermediate level


This lesson will practice a receptive skill of speaking in the context of Rights and Freedom. Students will review useful language to prepare them for the task and will be provided with a number of controversial statements to discuss and debate on.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of Rights and Freedom

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of Functions used for discussion in the context of Right and freedom


Warmer/Lead-in (6-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students and pre teach vocabulary

HO pictures of different issues, talk about one of them with the WC Ask sts to discuss the rest of the issues on the pictures in pair work. What issues do you think they deal with? WC Feedback - Go through each picture and elicit military service, compulsory, terminally ill - Euthanasia, ban, capital punishment, hunting, smack. Write vocabulary on WB Ask What do you think we will talk about in this lesson? Rights and Freedom - write on WB

Pre-speaking task 1 (6-7 minutes) • To provide exposure to task

Before giving out the HO - controversial statements ask : What do we call these issues? Elicit Controversial (adj) from sts Meaning: a controversial subject, opinion or decision is one that people disagree or do not approve of. Write on WB Chest HO and ask sts to read 14 controversial statement individually first and put a; tick for agree X for disagree ? for not sure or no opinion * for interested _____ cross out if you don't want it discussed Write these on WB ICQ: tick for? X for ? (?) for? * for? ICQ:What do you do If you don't want to discuss a statement? cross it out.

Pre-speaking task 2 (7-8 minutes) • Focus on useful language

Put sts in 2 groups. HO and explain: a mix of functions on pieces of papers to use at different stages in their discussion. Ask them to look at them first in their group and decide when they should use them. While they are looking at them WRITE ON WB EXPRESSING YOUR OPINIONS, AGREEING AND DISAGREEING, PRESENTING THE VIEWS OF YOUR GROUP Ask them to put THE FUNCTIONS on the WB in the correct box. Go through some of them with students and provide practice. HO USEFUL LANGUAGE TO EACH STUDENT for written record.

Pre-Speaking task (3-5 minutes) • To provide opportunity to prepare for fluency speaking practice

Ask sts to choose at least 3 topics they would like to discuss in their group. Ask them to think about their own opinions individually first on these 3 statements and plan how to present and express them on their own. Once they are ready, move on to the next stage.

Speaking for fluency Stage 1 (6-7 minutes) • To provide practice with speaking for fluency in a conversation

Mix them up and form 2 groups. Note: Nuray and Yusuf in different groups. Ask sts to work in their group, discuss their views on each statement. Do you agree or not and why? Give reasons for your views! If they finish early ask them to move onto the other issues. Point their attention to U. LANGUAGE, ask them to use a and b at at this stage. Write misuse of language and good sentences they use on a paper during monitoring. Delayed Error correction - use notes taken during task.

Speaking for fluency (6-7 minutes) • To provide practice with speaking for fluency in a debate

Point HO useful language section c. Ask them to summarise their views on the topic discussed and present their group’s views to the the other group Do the other group agree or disagree? Why? Debate. Monitor and note errors

Feedback and Error Correction (2-3 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Delayed error correction using notes made during debate. Hand out a list of vocabulary used or useful for discussions.

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