Amira Amira

Vocabulary: Discourse Markers
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn how to use discourse markers to signpost discourse in the context of job interviews.


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Main Aims

  • To provide Vocabulary

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Listening


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Display two pictures, the first is of a group of bricks that are not cemented, and the other is of a wall where the cement can be seen clearly. Ask ss: What is the difference between the two pictures? Elicit: These are just bricks and this is a wall. : What made it a wall? : The bricks are cemented together. : Do you think the same happens with language? : Yes. : In today's lesson, we will see how we can cement language.

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

Ss will be asked to conduct interviews using very simple questions that will not need pre-teaching to allow them to focus on TL. Two sets of questions will be given to them. A will ask B, and then B will ask A.

Teach (10-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Ss will be given a listening task where they will be exposed to TL in the context of a job interview. Their While-Reading task will be filling in blanks where TL is used in the interview. Then, the examples in the listening task will be placed on the board according to their function/ meaning. More discourse markers will be elicited from ss and placed under each category on the board.

Test #2 (5-8 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Ss will be swapped, and will be asked to ask and answer the same interview questions in different pairs. Then, they will be asked which discourse markers they used in the second round.

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

Ss will be given titles of general topics to talk about using discourse markers. They will be monitored and feedback will be given (both positive and areas of focus).

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