Francesca Silvano Francesca Silvano

TP2 Lesson_Silvano
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will explore connecting words, those to describe reason and those to describe contrast.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of connecting words in the context of jokes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of jokes


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

Students will look at a picture representing April Fool's Day, and answer the following two questions: 1) Does your country have a day that is designated for jokes, such as April Fool's Day? 2) When you are told a joke, do you tend to believe it or are you mostly skeptical? Students will have a brief conversation in their breakout rooms to discuss the questions, then share with the class.

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

Students will quickly read a text regarding April Fool's Day, and famous jokes played on people by famous corporations. A gist activity will follow, in which students will be asked to match the corporation with the April Fool's Day joke that was told (Google Form). Students will review their answers in breakout groups, then share with the class.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students will highlight the connecting words within the text, and determine the ones describing reason and the ones describing contrast.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Teacher will clarify meaning, form, and pronunciation of the connecting words found within the next.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will read the text for detail, focusing on the newly highlighted connecting words. Afterwards, they will rewrite sentences using the connecting words/phrases provided (Google Form). Students will review their answers in their breakout rooms, then share with the class.

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

In their breakout rooms, students will share a joke that they told or have been told, and talk about whether they (or their targets) believed it or not. Class discussion will follow.

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