Christopher Gatch Christopher Gatch

Derek and Dave
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will be introduced to the phrase, "at a crossroads." The beginning of the LP has a focus on developing Ss reading skills through practice reading. A focus on speaking will follow with Ss sharing opinion via PW discussion of the reading material. The next task is listening focused, Ss will further develop their skills of listening for gist and detail. The listening comprehension questions of this task will further cement the concepts of dilemma and problem solving. Freer speaking will close out the class. Discussions will center around dilemma and problem solving and allow Ss to share their opinion with others, while also providing speaking practice.


Abc 7C Dilemmas HO p72
Abc Audio recording
Abc Derek and Dave picture
Abc Tapescript for audio recordings

Main Aims

  • By the end of the first section of the LP, Ss will have demonstrated reading skills and comprehension tested through comprehension exercises. The bulk of the LP will focus on a listening recording where Ss will demonstrate their ability to listen for gist and detail. This will be verified through exercises and WC FB. The end of the LP will have Ss focus on freer speaking. During this portion, Ss will demonstrate their comprehension of the concepts of dilemma and problems solving, while also exercising their speaking skills.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Ss will further develop oral fluency on newly acquired topics of conversation. Ss will also further develop their reading skills through skimming and detailed reading.


Warmer (3 minutes) • To engage Ss and build a spirit of friendship and community among the group

Students will receive a blank piece of paper in which they will draw their own name in the form of an animal or object. A WB demonstration will be made.

Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • Introduce and engage Ss in the LP to follow

Introduction of the idiom, "at a crossroads." I will ask Ss if they already know the meaning. If not, I will guide them to the meaning by eliciting FB on familiar concepts. In Conclusion: What does it mean? When can this idiom be utilized?

Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the audio recording

-At a Crossroads HO: Exercise 1: Ss will read the three scenarios and discuss in pairs Ex1, then WC FB. Exercise 2: Ss will answer opinion questions utilizing PW, then WC FB.

Pre-Listening (3-4 minutes) • To the set the stage and give context to the audio recording

Chest Derek and Dave picture. Ask questions about the picture to stimulate the imagination. Elicit guesses about Derek's dilemma. - Write ideas on the WB.

Listening for Gist (7-9 minutes) • Introduce Ss to the audio recording, while determining gist.

Listen to Audio Recording: 1.57 Have Ss listen to the audio recording, pause, then determine gist. Check WB predictions -- Who is closest? Attempt questions 1-4 with PW, if attempt is not successful, replay audio recording.

Listening for detail (7-9 minutes) • Ss will attempt detailed questions of the audio recording.

I will ensure that Ss posse full comprehension of questions 5-8. Ss will listen to the second half of the audio recording and attempt questions 5-8 of Exercise 2. Answers will be checked in pairs followed by WC FB. I may reference the tapescript if any clarification is needed.

Post-Listening/Freer Speaking (3-5 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Exercise 4: GW with WC FB -If time is available the WC will explore double feedback error correction examples on the WB.

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