Jonathan Fowler Jonathan Fowler

TP7 - Speaking Skills
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will aim to improve speaking fluency when asking and answering questions.


Main Aims

  • Speaking fluency, asking, and answering questions

Subsidiary Aims

  • Language to describe and ask about a memorable event


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

Preview the lesson by having students talk in pairs in the breakout rooms and talk about the most memorable event they ever went to. Students should use the sentence stems "The most memorable event I went to was..." and "It was fascinating/exciting because..." Ex. The most memorable event I went to was the FIFA World Cup in 2018. It was exciting because France won for the second time in their history. OCFB will be provided after the breakout room sessions for students to share their sentences with the entire class.

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

Here, students will listen to an audio recording of 2 students talking and sharing memories or memorable events. While listening, students will fill out a Google Form to answer: What was the event?, Where and when did it take place?, Which other people are mentioned?, and What was the atmosphere like? Two slides will be looked at afterwards to answer these questions from each of the two stories.

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

In Useful Language, students will match four questions that ask about an event to four answers that describe an event. Then, group and individual repetition of questions and answers for describing events will be done, especially focusing on intonation so that students can sound sympathetic appropriately, depending on the context and situation.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

For the productive task, students will interview each other and ask important questions to describe a memorable event. Then, it will be summarised and explained to the class.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Feedback on spoken language will be given here, especially on errors heard and seen throughout the lesson that should be corrected.

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