Mohamed Atef Mohamed Atef

Everyday conversations
Elementary A1 level


In this lesson, students will learn how to greet people and reply to peoples' greetings, as well, in different both situations; formal and informal.The teacher elicits from the students some more alternatives for (Hello) like (Hi, Good morning ...etc). Next, the teacher will do a pre-listening task by showing two pictures of Obama and writing two sentences on the board (Hi, Obama!) and (Good morning Mr. Obama) and ask the students to guess which is formal and which is casual. Afterwards, students will listen for gist to four conversations to find out which is formal and which isn't. After that, the students will listen for specific information to complete some missing gaps. Finally, the students will play 'Spin the bottle' game using some word cards to produce their own greeting sentences.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of greetings and saying hi.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about six conversations in the context of fill in the gaps.
  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about four conversations in the context of greeting and saying hi.


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

The teacher shows two pictures; one is for a formal meeting and another is for a casual outing of two friends. Then, the teacher writes two phrases on the board "Hi, Fred!" and "Good morning Mr. Peter" and asks students "Which one is the formal and which is informal?". Teacher elicits the answer from the students.

Exposure and introduce context (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher makes use of the students' responses that are written on the board, and elicits from them some more alternatives for (hello and fine). As modeling, the teacher writes (Hi, Good morning, Good afternoon and Good evening) as alternatives to Hello, and (good, very well, OK and not bad) as alternatives to (fine). Teacher uses CCQs like "Can I say Hi or Hey man to my boss at work?".The students, then, repeat the new forms in chorus.

Listening for gist (3-6 minutes) • To enable students to develop their ability to listen for gist. Furthermore, to build students' confidence and check their comprehension.

The teacher tells students that they will listen to four conversations and that they have to find out which are formal and which are informal. Teacher uses ICQs like "Are you going to complete any spaces?" "Are we going to put true or false?". Students then check their answers in pairs, and the teacher may replay the audio record if necessary.

Semi-Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Students will make their own conversations in pairs. After they finish, they will switch roles; those who asked will answer and vice versa, The teacher keeps monitoring and checking students' responses.

Listening for specific information (7-9 minutes) • To enable students to develop their ability to listen for specific information. Moreover, to build students' confidence and check their comprehension.

The teacher gives the students a handout. The teacher will ask the students to complete the missing parts in the conversations in exercise three. The teacher informs the students that they have three minutes to finish. Then, the students listens to the audio record to check their answers. Afterwards, they check their answers in pairs while the teacher monitors. ICQs will used like "Do you have 10 minutes?".

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Teacher asks students to go outside the classroom and sit in a circular shape around a table. Teacher will use a bottle to spin. Whoever the bottle refers to first time will ask, and who it refers to then will answer. Students will hold some cards telling their social position ( a friend, a boss, a manager, a teacher.. etc) just to help the students know whether to make a formal or informal conversation. Teacher gives instructions, checks them and monitors during the game.

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