Talk about personal achievement
Intermediate, B1+ level
To provide fluency speaking practice in the context of personal accomplishment
To provide review of tenses (simple and continuous) in the context of personal achievement
To provide accuracy speaking practice in the context of personal accomplishment
Procedure (75-99 minutes)
Having introduced her/himself, teacher writes "first day at English institute or college" on the board and tells Ss about her/his experience and feeling then. Then s/he asks Ss to talk about it in pair for one to two minutes and finally, in feedback, askes firstly tell their names loud and share their partners' opinions with class.
Teacher asks Ss to look at the picture on page 1 and discuss the questions in 1A in pair and checks the feedback as a class.
Teacher tells Ss about his/her own experience on what it was like to start a new activity, e.g. learning Turkish, and asks them to think of a couple of questions regarding the experience in pair. In feedback, s/he asks the whole class to ask their questions. Teacher clearly answers all questions. Next, s/he gives the instruction for 1B on page 1 and asks Ss to think of the answers to the questions individually in five minutes. Then Ss discuss their answers in pair and finally teacher puts Ss in groups of 3 or 4 for each student to share three things their partners told them.
Teacher writes "personal achievements" on the board and asks class what they can be. Teacher writes some of the ideas on the board. S/he then gets Ss to write down some big or small achievements from their lives. Having finished, Ss share their answers with their partners in pair. Finally, teacher elicits some answers.
Teacher asks the class to look at the pictures on page 2 and answer questions like "what is his or her occupation? or " How old is she/he?". Teacher elicits some answers. Then teacher asks Ss to read the post and guess the write individually in 3 minutes. Ss share their answers with the partner. Teacher elicits the answers ask Ss why they think so. The answer is probably the woman in picture 1 since she seems to be an artist and does things with her hands.
Ss read the post again to find the verbs in 2A and compare their answers in pair. Teacher plays the audio for the Ss to check their answers. Then teacher ask the class to explain the meaning of the expressions in their own words to check if they have understood their meanings. In 2B, teacher asks Ss to go to page 141 and do the activities A and B individually. Ss compares the answers in pairs and finally teacher shares all the answers with them.
Teacher sets 3-4 minutes for Ss to prepare their answers to part 2C. Then Ss share their answers with their partner while teacher monitors each pair closely for any possible errors and corrects them at times. Teacher elicits some answers and puts them on the board.
Teacher clearly explains the instruction in 2D and asks Ss to write five ideas for their blog. Ss compare their ideas with their partners while teacher monitors them for any errors. Then teacher set new pairs and asks each pair to tell their new partners about the former one.
Teacher asks the class to read and explain the function of each tense in the grammar box and asks for 1 or 2 other examples. Then Ss complete 3A individually in 5 minutes and check their answer in pair. Teacher checks the answers as a class and asks for more examples. Then teacher asks Ss to go to page 129 and do the task individually. Then they compare the answers with their partners and teacher finally shares the answers with them.
Teacher reads the instructions of part 3C and checks the meaning of each time expressions. Ss write 5 sentences using as many tenses as possible and 5 time phrases from the box. Teacher monitors and helps or corrects Ss when needed. Ss share their answers with partners in their group while being monitored by teacher. Finally, teacher gives feedback for errors and incorrect language use to the whole class.
Teacher asks Ss to complete 4A in pair and note down their partners' answer. At the end, they share 5 things they learned about their partners with class
As the final step, teacher gives an overall feedback on the use of tenses and corrects all the errors throughout the whole class