Nicholas Boyle Nicholas Boyle

TP5, apologizing
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson the students will learn different expressions of apologizing, in addition to different formalities of apologizing.


Abc Student book, Jamboard slides and Zoom.

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Conversation and debates. in the context of Personal information and work.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in a Conversation and debates. in the context of work and personal information.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To generate students interest in the lessons topic.

Students speak with a partner saying when was the last time they had to apologize and why. "Tell your partner when was the last time you had to apologize and why".

Preparation (MFPA) (7-10 minutes) • TO provide opportunity to practice MFPA of TL.

This activity will cover the meaning, form, pronunciation and appropriacy of the TL. This activity will also cover language for the speaking activity afterwards, such as different ways to apologize, reasons for apologizing and responses to apologies. " So why do we apologize?" "what kind of word is apologize?" " look at sentence 1, a someone apologizing match to to either A OR B, is it formal or informal?" "And number two?" "look back at sentence one, who would you day this to, what setting? "what about number two?" "listen and repeat after me" ˈsɒri (sentence 1 IPA) əˈpɒləʤiz (sentence 2 IPA) "Now look at the sentences 1-16 and match them with the meanings A,B or C, with a partner, 5 minutes".

Controlled speaking practice activity (role-play). (15-20 minutes) • To provide controlled practice of the language.

Now look at these pictures, in pairs one person will act as a friend and other person someone who is running late, what could you say in this situation? CCQ1) what type of language do we use here? "if you need look back at the example language from the previous activity" "when your finished swap roles" "now look at picture two, again in pairs one person will act as the boss and the other person will act out an employee who is late for a work meeting, what could you say in this situation?" CCQ2) what type of language do we use here? "when your finished swap roles".

Free practice activity (3-5 minutes) • To present and practice understanding of lessons TL and topic.

Discussion and debate activity. "Look at this piece of text, who should apologize in this situation?" "Discuss with a partner for around 3-5 minutes" "So what do we think?"

Conduct Feedback and DEC (4-5 minutes) • To provide feedback and DEC to students .

Allow students to ask questions. Provide feedback to students on the lesson and perform DEC through elicitation questions to students. Conclude the lesson.

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