Mayar Ahmed Mayar Ahmed

Lesson 6.2
C1/E4 level


In this lesson, sts learn colloquial proverbs to help them in speaking informally and listen for specific information and details. Also, they use the TL in a speaking activity about different situations in life and their opinions and writing a problem solution essay.


Abc audio track
Abc LA lexis sheet

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of proverbs in the context of opinions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a problem solution essay in the context of opinion
  • To provide gist, specific information and detail listening practice using a text about family in the context of opinions


Warmer/Lead-in (3-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T asks ss to think of a person in life who has not had it easy and has gone through hardships and what kind of hardships they have gone through. They share their ideas with a partner (not necessarily saying who that person is), then the partners report on one another to the whole class. Then sts look at the pic on p.10 WB ex.6A. to make guesses using the questions in 6A.

Exposure (8-12 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Ss listen to confirm their predictions in 6A, then listen to write Qs for the answers in 6c (4 mins), peer checking then WCFB. Then they look at the statements in 6D to guess the meanings of the underlind words in pairs then WCFB

Highlighting (4-7 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T plays the track one last time and asks ss to listen for any metaphorical expressions they can catch from the track. Ss compare their answers in pairs then T gives WCFB. If sts cannot catch the metaphors, the T can five them a hard copy of the listening script and asks them to underline the metaphors. Then T writes 'Don't wash your dirty linen in public' and 'keep your mouth shut and your eyes open" and ask them if the speaker means these expressions in their literal sense and what these expressions are called (proverbs)

Test (diagnostic) (2-4 minutes) • To test Ss’ current understanding and iden;fy gaps in e.g. vocabulary related to the topic

T asks ss to do ex. 9A on p.94 CB (all except no 1,4) and 9A p. 162 (all except 7,10) individually. T monitors closely to detect the problematic TL item to teach

Teach (clarifying) (3-5 minutes) • To deal with meaning, pronuncia;on and form of e.g. vocabulary related to the topic - with emphasis on items Ss did not know or were confused about

T clarifies the meaning of problematic TL items for their sts using the lexis sheet (MFP)

Semi-Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

T asks sts to do ex. 5 p.52 WB in pairs. T gives WCFB.

Free Practice (15-30 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

T puts ss in groups of 3 maximum and tells them that they will write a column in a big newspaper that will encourage legislators to draft a law concerning senior citizens in the parliament. The column will be in the form of a problem solution essay talking about the issues facing senior citizens and the government when senior citizens retire, suggesting solutions. They take 10 mins to brainstorm, then 25 mins to draft their essays. T monitors and guides then gives content feedback and sts vote on a winner then T gives langauge feedback on structure and vocabulary.

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