Christopher McNeill Christopher McNeill

TP5 LP Christopher McNeill
pre-intermediate level


This is a speaking lesson with the intention to provide speaking practice in the context of business investment


Abc Speak Out Pre-Intermediate
Abc Zoom whiteboard

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of business investment

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist in the context of business investment


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

I will share a slide with Ss that includes the logos of well-known brands. I will instruct the students to match the companies with its competitor and then to discuss which of the two they prefer. I will place Ss into BORs so they can discuss and then conduct OCFB. ICQs: Are you going to match the companies? Yes. Are you going to discuss which one you like more? Yes.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

I will provide a slide with an example of comparing two companies with some good and bad points for the SS to look at and a second slide including a model dialogue of a person asking advice about where to invest their money for Ss to read through in pairs. One student will be assigned "A" and the other "B". I will also ask the Ss which of the two choices "A" is likely to invest in. Ss will be assigned to BORs to complete the activity. Once completed I will conduct OCFB. ICQs: Are you going to read slide number 4? Yes. Are you going to choose your answer or "A's" answer? A's

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

I will provide another slide with some extracts from the dialogue that include relative clauses (that, which, who, where) and ask the Ss if they notice anything that the sentences have in common. I will ask Ss to identify the relative clause in each sentence. Once we have identified the relative clauses I will ask students to decide if each sentence is for or against investing. Once Ss have answered I will provide an answer key on the next slide with each relative clause in bold and a positive or negative symbol net to each sentence. This well help to remind Ss that they can use both for and against arguments in the productive task. “Fender makes products that are cheap to assemble.” “It’s a company which has factories all over the world.” “They make guitars that are becoming less popular.” “They have a CEO who has failed at other companies.” “Ford sells products that are expensive to build.” “It has a President who has a long history of success.” “It is a place where customer service is very poor.” “It’s a company which has a good performance on the stock exchange.”

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

I have prepared four slides, each with 3 well-known companies, for Ss to discuss their preference for investing. I will remind Ss that it's not important to decide which company to choose but to discuss the good and bad points of each company. Ss will be place into BORs to work in pairs or groups of 3 depending on the class size. Ss will start on the first slide and discuss the positive and negative points of investing in each of the three companies. After 5 minutes I will switch the pairs/groups and Ss will move to the next slide and repeat the activity. Repeat again if time allows. ICQs: Are you going to say only good points? No. Do you have to choose a company? No.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Once Ss have finished the tasks I will ask them about some of their conversations and then provide some language feedback using the zoom whiteboard. The language feedback will include some delayed error correction and praise of the Ss correct use of English.

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