Tom Godfrey Tom Godfrey

Talking about your best friend
Intermediate level


Focus on listening and speaking on the topic of friends.


Main Aims

  • • To provide fluency speaking practice in a role play in the context of friends

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a song about a break up in the context of friends


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Introduce photo: This is my best friend. Ask the sts to think of questions to ask me about my best friend. Show prompts and elicit some examples. Sts in BO rooms write questions. F/B - listen to some questions and drill if necessary.

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

Sts in BO rooms complete the questions and think of more questions. F/B - show answer key. Drill for pronunciation. Highlight stress and intonation.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Listen for gist and specific information Ask learners to listen to me introduce my best friend. B/O rooms - what questions and answers did you find.

Productive Task(s) (10-12 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Pairwork. Sts ask each other about their best friends BO rooms - maybe move the learners around. F/B - tell me about your partner's best friend.

Pre Listening (7-10 minutes) • To set the context

Show pictures of Elvis, Johnny and Marie. Elicit context. Focus on T/ F questions. Play song. F/B.

While Listening #1 (4-6 minutes) • To listen for specific information

Give handout with 8 mistakes. Learners read in BO rooms to see if they can identify the mistakes. Play song (x2). Sts check if they are correct. Display answer key.

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • Role Play

In groups of 3. Each learner takes one role and they have to explain to Elvis what has happened.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-6 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Brief round up and delayed error correction stage.

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