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TP 4 - Functional language
Pre-Intermediate level


Responding to news and comments


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of language used for responding to news and comments in the context of conversations about science and nature in the news

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency in speaking practice in a conversation in the context of news


Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic

- T greets learners - T plays the video: "Alligator who survived WWII bombing dies" - T asks: "What's your opinion about this news?" "Do you think this is good news or bad news?" "Does it surprise you?"

Presentation through a text (4-6 minutes)

- T gives instructions for the exercise. GIST: You're going to listen to four short conversations about science and nature in the news. Which conversation mentions: 1. a discovery that might prevent deaths? 2. a government project to help the environment? 3. a problem with very negative effects? 4. a change in the weather? - T plays the audio 66 - OCFB

Language Clarification (8-10 minutes)

- T covers MFPA A: Really? That's bad news / awful / nice / great / interesting... B: (Yeah) I know. It's terrible / really good news / fantastic... A: It is nice to hear some good news. B: Absolutely. A: We should go out... go to the beach or somewhere. B: Definitely, that's a good idea. MEANING: FORM: PRON: APPROPRIACY:

Controlled practice (5-6 minutes)

- T gives instructions. "Match the reported news to the comments/opinions" - Ss do this individually - they'll have 2 min - Ss check in pairs via private messages - 2 min - OCFB

Freer practice (5-8 minutes) • To provide speaking fluency with the TL

- Ss use the language fluently in breakout rooms with a speaking activity: - T joins to observe errors.

Delayed error correction (2-3 minutes) • To improve learners' language

- T uses board to write and correct mistakes Ss made during the previous activity and during the lead-in. - T asks if there are any questions. If there are, T addresses them. -T thanks Ss for their time

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