Isabel Isabel

Upper- intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will practice different ways of making small talk.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of small talk

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of Actually in the context of small


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

T start a conversation: are you a people person? do you like to talk to strangers? What do you do if someone starts talking to you? T nominates to obtain information from different students. FB will be given in open class.

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

T asks: what are good topics to start a conversation? T shares a slide with different topics. HEALTH, SPORTS, SALARY, POLITICS, FAMILY, THINGS YOU SEE AROUND, WEATHER SOMEONE´S APPEARANCE, MUSIC. Instructions: you have to separate good and bad topics to start a conversation and you have to discuss: why is this a good or bad topic to start a conversation. You are going to have 4 minutes to talk about this with your partners in a Room. At the end of the activity T will nominate different Ss for their choices.

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

Let´s check some examples. Instructions: think of a situation where you could use each sentence to start a conversation. - “The flowers are beautiful, huh?” - “Gosh, it´s so crowded here, and is hot!” - “Wow, the elevator is really slow today!” - “Hmm, This food doesn´t look too good.” - “I´m a bit nervous. Is it your first class, too?” T nominates different students to share ideas. And writes on the board. Analysis, T asks: are these important questions or comments? Are they rude? How can we answer? T shows “Actually? M: Be careful, it sounds like a word in Spanish. Synonym: In fact. Are you taking this course? I´m the teacher, actually. Do you like to go to the beach? Actually, I have a house in Acapulco. CCQ. What are we doing? F: Do we use actually at the end or at the beginning of a sentence? P: /ˈæktʃuəli/ Instructions: match each conversation starter with a response. At the end of the activity, T nominates different students and asks oppinions.

Productive Task(s) (16-18 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Activity 1. Instructions: We have here different starters. In pairs, you have 3 minutes to think about two polite answers for each starter. T models and sends students to Rooms At the end of the activity, T nominates different students to share ideas. Activity 2. Instructions: Imagine you want to start a conversation. What would you say in these different situations? • At the beach… • In a concert… • In the library… • At the bus stop… • At a wedding… Write one idea for each situation. We have 2 min. Now, let´s meet people! you have to start a conversation and the other person has to answer, try to answer using “actually”. Example: Do you like this music? No, actually I´m just here because my brother plays in the band. We have 3 minutes and after that, we are going to change partners. T send S to rooms. At the end of the activity, T nominates different students to share ideas.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T writes on the board some sentences with mistakes identified during monitoring. T asks S for the right way of expressing that idea.

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