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Speaking - Giving directions
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice speaking utilizing the common phrases associated with giving directions. They will be exposed to the prepositions of direction commonly used and go over their meaning. The crux of the lesson will be to practice fluency in giving directions.


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Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide fluency practice of speaking for fluency in the context of finding places

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in using the target language


Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will greet Ss and exchange small banter. T will present a slide to the students containing the following questions: 'Have you ever been lost' and 'How did you find your way?' T will ask the class as a whole and may select one or two students to elaborate if need be.

Content Preparation (6-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through peer discussion.

T will present Ss with a picture of a map and pose the following question: 'Name 3 or 4 ways using a map would be helpful to you or a tourist'. Ss would be paired up and sent to breakout rooms to brainstorm and discuss the question posed. T will then discuss the Ss answers in open class feedback and share ways in which a map would be helpful.

Language Preparation (6-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ss will be show slides containing the various prepositions, verbs, and phrases used in giving directions. Ss will be given examples of the appropriate language utilized in asking for directions and are asked to point out appropriate examples. T will show slides and highlight the meaning and how these phrases are used and additionally, will break down a sentence showing word stress and linking. The sentence will be drilled with the students for correct pronunciation.

Speaking Task(s) (19-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Task 1: T will provide Ss with a map of a city center and explain that they will take turns giving directions to the person they are paired with. T will demonstrate the task and clarify if the Ss understand what is required. Ss are placed in breakout rooms to complete the task while the T monitors for fluency and correct pronunciation. T provides delayed error correction as needed. T takes students out of the breakout rooms. Task 2: Similar to Task 1, the second task requires the Ss to give directions to a second location on the map. Ss are again paired up and asked to utilize the target language in giving directions. T again monitors for delayed error correction and proper pronunciation. T takes students out of the breakout rooms. (Time permitting) Task 3: T has students paired and asks them to choose any location on the map they wish to travel. Their partner is to give them directions to the desired location utilizing the target language. Ss take turns asking for and giving directions. T monitors for fluency and correct pronunciation (DEC).

Feedback on content (2-3 minutes) • To provide feedback on the learners' contributions and ideas

T to discuss with Ss the interaction with the material and if they were able to participate fully and engage with their partner.

Feedback on Language (2-3 minutes) • To provide feedback on accurate and inaccurate samples of learners' language.

T to go over both accurate and inaccurate sentences utilized while in breakout rooms and highlight both form and pronunciation. T to drill any sentences which may be of issue to the Ss.

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