Azza Azza

Telling a ghost story
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss are going to speak about a ghost story. They are going to be asked to match sentences using adverbs for telling a story. After that, they will be asked to complete sentences using the same adverbs. Then, they will look at a picture, decide the order of the story before listening to the real one. At the end, will be asked to make up their own story and tell their partners about it. Ss have to decide whose story is the most interesting.


Abc handouts - cut-ups
Abc handouts - cut-ups
Abc handouts - cut-ups

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I ask students: Do you like reading ghost/ horror stories? In pairs tell each other why you like or dislike ghost stories.

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

I give Ss HO1 In pairs,Ss are asked to match sentences using adverbs of telling a story. Ss check their answers first in pairs, then on cut-ups.

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

I give ss HO2. I ask Ss to match the adverbs with their meanings. I highlight the meanings and pronunciations of difficult adverbs. I ask some CCQs to check the meaning. Drilling, then writing them on the board.

Pre-teaching vocabulary (2-4 minutes) • to clarify the vocab. that might hinder their understanding.

HO3 Ss are asked to check the meaning of the new vocab together. I ask them to underline the difficult words. ss are asked to match the words with the pictures. They check in pairs, then from cut-ups.

Prediction Task (6-10 minutes) • To make sure ss are using the TL correctly.

Ss are asked to work in pairs, deciding the order of the pictures, then practising telling the story. I remind them to use the adverbs.

Listening for gist (2-4 minutes) • To listen to the original story and compare it with theirs.

ss listen to the original story. In pairs, they compare it with their stories.

Productive Task(s) (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target the productive skill of this lesson (telling a story)

-In pairs, ss are asked to create their own ghost story in 5 minutes. -I stick on the board the criteria of a good story: using the adverbs, using the useful language, using the narrator's voice and creating a good plot. -With musical background, Ss start to tell their stories in pairs. -ss decide which one is the scariest.

Feedback and Error Correction (2-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-ss decide which storyis the scariest. - I write some wrong sentences and ask Ss to correct them. .

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