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Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson the students will listen to a phone call about an invitation to dinner at someone's house, discover asking about people's arrangements, inviting someone to do something, saying yes or no and arranging a time and place through the transcription of the phone call. After a controlled practice of the dialogue (disappearing dialogue) finally they will be able to invite someone to do something in WC mingle.


Abc Picture of Martin's family
Abc Audio Track R9.8
Abc recording script R9.8
Abc Matching HO
Abc WB

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for inviting someone to do something and making arrangements in the context of a dinner at someone's house

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of making arrangements, invitations


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask the students to think of an old friend and try to remember when was the last time they saw each other. Let them share with WC. Tell the students they are going to listen to a phone call between Martin and Lucy, show them the picture of Martin's family ( Vicky and Meg). Tell them that Martin and Lucy are friends but they haven't seen each other since Meg was born.

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Students listen to the conversation between Martin and Lucy to find out the reason of the call. Try to elicit, if not play the necessary part of the conversation again. Once they understand that Martin is inviting Lucy for dinner at their house,ask them what made them to think so. Try to elicit some sentences asking about people's arrangements or inviting someone to do something.

Useful Language (6-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Give the students the recording script of the phone call and ask them to work in pairs, underline the sentences; How did Martin ask for Lucy's arrangements?, How did Martin invite Lucy for dinner? What was Lucy's answer/ response? What did they say about the time and place?Let them give the answers.Give WC FB. Ask them to think of the stages of making invitations or arrangements. Write the headings on WB. Give out the headings and the sentences HO, ask them to work in pairs, match the headings to the sentences.They check their answers with their partners. Elicit the answers and write them on the board.

Practice of the Useful Language (9-10 minutes) • To provide a controlled practice before the Productive Task

Disappearing Dialogue: Write the conversation of the phone call on the WB ( avoid too much detail but keep it natural). Students work in pairs. One is Martin, one is Lucy. First, they role-play the dialogue. Second time, they switch the roles.Later, they try not to look at the board. This time make some words disappear and ask them to go on practicing. Each time erase more words until there is nothing left on the board. They remember the dialogue and talk.

Productive Task(s) (10-13 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Let the students make short notes to invite someone to somewhere to do something.Make two groups. One group is inviting the other. Students mingle and make invitations and give response. In the second round they switch roles. Finally ask them about their plans after all these invitations.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Monitor the students while there are mingling, listen to what they say to use the functional language. Give delayed feedback.

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