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Spy Catcher, Speaking Lesson
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will talk about personal information. They will have a conversation and ask personal questions. Firstly, the teacher will elicit the word 'spy' from the students then s/he will start with a quick listening part. With this listening the students will have an example for the upcoming main task; speaking . They have a chance to practice the target language by having conversations like in the audio. Finally, there will be a whole class feedback aboout how they finish their task.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of spy catcher.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using an audio file spy catchers in the context of party.


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

Ask students what a spy is. Ask what they think a spy's job involves, 'what do they usually do in their working day?' Finally, ask how they think a spy catcher catches spies. Focus on 'spy catcher'. Collect answers and let them tell their ideas and take notes on the board.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening.

Tell students to imagine that they are spy catchers. On the board write 'you are at a party at your company's embassy in London. 1. Your mission is finding the spy. Information; Code name: October Not married Has army experience Do not live in Europe or the USA Plays some sort of sport, maybe tennis or golf Tell the students that there is one more spy catcher at the party. Identify that person. Tell students they are going to hear the conversation at the party. They should listen and complete their mission. After that, they check their answers with the person next to them. Finally, play the audio again and check their answers. Ask how they knew.

Productive Task(s) (15-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills in the context of spy catching.

Tell students they are going to a party at their country's embassy in London. Put them in groups of three and give out the role cards. Tell them to read the information but not to look at each other's. Ask if they have any questions about the vocabulary or other details. Explain that they can use their own names but they should use the information on the cards. And they should use their imagination to add other information about themselves. They have 15 minutes to complete their mission. Encourage the students to start the conversations in smaller groups with one or two guests. If they stay with the same person for too long, tell them to change partners in their groups.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language during production stage.

Ask each student how s/he identified their targets and achieved their mission.

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