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TP 6 Functional Language
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn language to offer, accept and refuse help. Students start by discussing a few questions about helping others. They then listen to an audio clip of two friends offering, accepting and refusing help. MFAP is covered through a series of discovery activities and eliciting questions. Students complete controlled practice by correcting and practicing a dialogue and freer practice in a role-play activity.


Abc Meaning Jamboard
Abc Form discovery form
Abc Coursebook
Abc Helping hand picture
Abc Controlled practice slide

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for offering, refusing and accepting help in the context of friends offering to help each other

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a role play in the context of friends offering to help each other


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

- T introduces the topic and asks students to discuss several questions: 1. If you have a problem, who do you usually ask for help? 2. When was the last time you offered to help someone? What was the problem? Did the person accept your help? - Students discuss questions in small groups in BRs. - T conducts OCFB

Highlighting (4-6 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

- T sets up audio clip Instructions: Listen to the audio clip and note down any time you heard one of the friends offer to help. Note down the response. - Students listen to audio clip - T shows students list of offers and responses from the audio - T conducts OCFB

Clarification (12-13 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- T provides link to Jamboard with sorting activity. Instructions: Sort the phrases into the category where they would most likely be used. - Demo the task - Students sort the phrases in BRs - T provides answers, conducts OCFB and clarifies any problem items - T elicits register of phrases and asks CCQs 1. What is a more formal way of saying LET ME? ALLOW ME or PERMIT ME 2. What is a more formal way of saying N0, IT'S OK, BUT THANKS FOR OFFERING? IT'S ALRIGHT BUT THANK YOU FOR OFFERING - T clarifies form of TL with multiple-choice discovery activity Instructions: Choose the best verb form to complete the sentence. - Students complete form individually - Students check answers in groups in BRs - T provides answers and conducts OCFB highlighting pattern of form - T models pronunciation and students decide how sentence is stressed Instructions: Listen and select the correct pronunciation. Write 1 or 2 in chat. - T elicits linking and highlights on slide - T elicits intonation and highlights on slide - T drills pronunciation individually and chorally

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- T sets context for conversation. Instructions: Work in pairs to remove each of the incorrect verbs and complete the conversation. Practice the conversation with your partner once you have completed it. ICQs: What does the backslash mean? THERE ARE WORDS MISSING Once you are done, are you supposed to read this aloud with your partner? YES - Students work in pairs in BRs to fill in the blanks and choose the correct verb form - Students practice the conversation in pairs - T conducts OCFB

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- T sets up the role-play Instructions: Work in pairs. Student A is organizing a party. Student B is moving house. Take turns offering to help your partner. Decide whether to refuse or accept your partner’s offers. - Demo the task - Students work in pairs in BRs - T conducts OCFB

Feedback and DEC (4-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on learners accuracy in using the TL

- T provides samples of language used by students - T elicits corrections or improvement of language - T highlights these corrections on screen for students

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