Victoria Smith Victoria Smith

Teaching Practice 1
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about the "Six Degrees of Separation" theory. This will introduce new vocabulary and encourage the students to think about their own social circle. They will listen to an explanation of the theory, listening for gist and more specific questions. They will follow this with an activity to practice adverbs of frequency and time expressions. Concluding with some discussion of their own six degrees of separation.


Main Aims

  • To give students exposure and practice of adverbs of frequency and time expressions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of listening for gist and specific information


Lead-in/Intro to the topic (3-5 minutes) • To introduce myself to the class & use a personal example to introduce the topic

T introduction. T will have previously written 6 names on the board - including at least 2 famous personalities and the T. Each person should be linked in some way. T will ask Ss to guess and write down the connection between these names in pairs. Whilst Ss are working on this, distribute HO. T-S feedback - explain the connection to see how close Ss were to the truth.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4-6 minutes) • To establish if Ss know the theory and to make them familiar with it.

T writes "Six Degrees of Separation" on the board. T asks Ss if they know anything about this theory. T will pre-teach the words bind-bound, planet, separate-separate. T refers to quote on the HO to illustrate its meaning. Allow Ss to listen and read HO. Use scientific model on HO as a visual representation of the theory if necessary.

Listening for Gist (5-8 minutes) • To provide Ss with listening practice - listening for gist and specific information.

Distribute activities on HO. T explains to the Ss what they are about to listen to. T or Ss draws the names from the HO on the board, giving an example of the first connection. T plays the track for Ss. T observes Ss to monitor their progress. Ss check their answers in pairs. T connects the names on the board.

Listening for Specifics (4-5 minutes) • To provide students practice listening for specific information.

T explains to Ss we will listen to the passage again. Tell Ss we want to understand how the people in Q.3, numbers 1-3, know each other. Ask Ss to read the names 1-3 out aloud. Play the recording (twice if necessary). Have Ss check their answers in pairs. Elicit the answers as a WC.

Grammar (12-15 minutes) • To teach Ss word order when using adverbs of frequency.

Ask Ss the meaning of present simple. (eg. I live in Bebek. She goes to school. He walks the dog.) We use present simple for routine things, normal things, things we do everyday. T writes examples on the board (I brush my teeth ......?....., I .....?..... make my bed). T identifies adverbs of frequency and time expressions, draws attention to their placement in the sentence. (Time phrases come at the end of the sentence. Adverbs of frequency between the subject and the verb). Ask Ss for other time phrases and adverbs of frequency - have Ss replace the words with cards in example sentences on the board. Give students HO. Have Ss complete the remaining questions independently. Monitor Ss as they complete the HO. Check answers in pairs. Monitor Ss as they check answers. Have Ss read aloud their answers.

Speaking (1-2 minutes) • For Ss to show understanding of earlier exercises & practice speaking

T refers Ss back to earlier topic of "Six Degrees of Separation". T asks Ss to create their own "six degrees of separation" to the most famous person they can.

Semi-restricted Speaking (1-2 minutes) • To have students practice speaking within the context of the material

In pairs, have Ss ask/answer questions about the people they've written down and to explain the connections between them.

Freer Speaking (1-2 minutes) • To encourage use of vocab and conversational skills

Ss can mingle and find out who is within six degrees of the most famous person.

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