Upper Intermediate level
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of marriage
To provide scan reading practice using a text about advantages and disadvantages in the context of marriage
Procedure (37-45 minutes)
T shares screen to Google Slides and ask Ss: "Do you think getting married means giving up freedom? Take 30 seconds to think about this now." Afterwards, T tells Ss: "Now you will go into breakout rooms to discuss this with your partner. You have 2 minutes" T sends Ss to breakout rooms and then monitors them. After 2 minutes, Ss return to the main room and T picks on students to share.
T shares screen to the Google Slides of the reading text. T tells Ss: "Read the first sentence." T waits for a couple of seconds. T: "Look at the underlined phrase ("what are your thoughts on"). What's the purpose of this phrase?" Ss answer. T: "This phrase asks for someone's opinion. There are two more in the text, find them and underline them. You have 1 minute" After 1 minute, T elicits Ss responses: "(Student name) what other phrases did you find?" T continues until all of them are mentioned. T highlights "Personally speaking, I believe" and asks Ss: "What's the purpose of this phrase?" Ss answer. T: "You use this to tell someone your opinion. There are two more in the text, find them and highlight them. You have 1 minute" After 1 minute, T elicits Ss responses: "(Student name) what other phrases did you find?" T continues until all of them are mentioned.
T asks Ss: "What kind of word follows 'What are your thoughts on...'? Is it a verb, noun, adjective?" T: "Do the other phrases that asks for opinions follow the same pattern?" Ss answers. T: "What follows these phrases?" T shows the phrases that express personal opinion and elicit Ss responses. T then moves onto pronunciation. T models and then asks Ss: "Where is the stress in this sentence?" T then asks: "What do you notice about the sounds 'what are'?" T explains that these sounds are linked together. T asks: "What is the intonation?" Ss answer. T then chooses different students to drill. T repeats this process for the other sentence.
T shares the screen to the Google Slides question: "What are the advantages and disadvantages of being married?" T tells Ss: "Think about this question and write down some advantages and disadvantages of being married. You have 2 minutes to do so" T models a T chart that Ss can potentially create to jot down ideas. T sends Google Slides to Ss. T tells Ss: "I will now send you to breakout rooms and you will talk to your partner for 4 minutes." T sends Ss to breakout rooms and monitors. After 4 minutes, Ss return to the main room and T conducts a brief DEC. T tells Ss: "You will go to breakout rooms again, but this time you will talk to a different partner for 4 minutes" T sends Ss to breakout rooms and monitors. After 4 minutes, Ss return to the main room and T conducts a brief DEC. Repeat for a third time if time allows.
T provides DEC in between partner-switches by writing 1-2 sentences that have errors. T elicits Ss responses on what the errors are. T repeats the DEC process at the end of the lesson after the final rotation of partners.