Elizabeth Penelope Barraza Lopez Elizabeth Penelope Barraza Lopez

TP6 Functional language
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn to give advice through guided discovery based on text in the context of problems studying. This will be followed by a controlled practice using should and shouldn't and a freer speaking practice giving advice on some problems and situations.


Main Aims

  • To enable students to practice functional language for giving advice.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of giving advice


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

The teacher will share the following four phrases about learning (Google slides): We learn by doing A little knowledge is a dangerous thing The best way to learn is to teach Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or at eighty. Students will discuss by groups the following questions: Do you agree with any of them? Why /why not?

Test #1 (5-7 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Students will read a website message and its replies. After reading they will discuss with a partner the following questions: which ideas have you tried? Which do you think are the most useful ideas? (Google doc – Zoom – breakout room).

Teach (5-8 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Students will individually answer some questions at google forms to discover the meaning, form, pronunciation, and appropriacy of the following phrases: I think you should… You shouldn’t… Why don’t you…? I think it’s a good idea to… Students will compare their answers with a partner (Zoom breakout room).

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Students will individually complete some sentences giving advice on some problems using the giving advice phrases (Zoom - Main room – Google forms). Students will check their answers with a partner (Zoom-breakout room).

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students will work in pairs to take turns giving advice to the following problems: I find difficult irregular verbs I don’t understand the homework I fall asleep when studying I can’t understand math I work a lot and I am too tired to study in the evening They will work with a partner, then they will switch to work with a different partner (Zoom-Breakout rooms).

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