Rodrigo Rodrigo

Pre-intermediate level


This is a speaking lesson around the topic of important dates and traditions.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of speaking for fluency when talking about important dates in the context of traditional events.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of common ways to talk about important dates.


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

I will put some particular days in a presentation and elicit plans from students for that kind of day. Then I will ask about other kinds of traditions they have with family or friends. Those ideas will be written on the presentation.

Useful Language (8-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for the speaking tasks

I will show them in a presentation some constructions to introduce a date or a plan. then I will explain their use and pronunciation.

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

Students will read, listen and drill short dialogues used to mark special occasions.

Productive Task (Controlled) (10-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students will be given 3 questions about the most important date for their families/friends/work. After they have read them and thought about their answers for a minute, they will be put in pairs to talk about them. After 3 minutes they will be brought back and share their answers, two volunteers and one nominated student.

Productive Task (Free practice) (10-10 minutes) • To allow students to practice between themselves.

Students will be put in pairs again, so that they can tell each other one personal tradition of theirs. After the class comes together some of them will be shared with the group.

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

Some sentences will be put in a whiteboard for students to correct if necessary. Their participation and strenghts will be acknowledged.

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