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Speaking, ambitions & acheivements
Pre-INT level


Students are provided speaking practice where they talk about ambitions and achievements.


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Abc SB Ambitions and Achievements

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of ambitions and acheivements

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice with useful language in the context of ambitions and achievements


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

I will show students 4 pictures of very famous Mexicans that achieved their goals. I will ask them if they are familiar with them and have them talk about their ambitions and achievements. This will begin getting them familiar with the vocabulary. What was Chavez's ambition? to unite migrant farm workers and get them rights Did he achieve this? Yes What was Selena's ambition? To be a famous Tejanno Singer by singing in both English and Spanish Was she successful, did she achieve this? Yes

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

To make sure the students understand the listening I will do a brief guided discovery where I give them a handout in the chat and have read them a the definition of an ambition and an achievement. An ambition is something you want to do one day. Am I thinking of the past or the future? The future Do I want to do this? Yes Is it likely that I will do this? Probably An achievement is something you have done that you are proud of. Am I thinking of the past or the future? The past Was it difficult to do this? Probably After I am sure that they understand, I will give them a handout in the chat and 1 min. to look over it. Listen to several people talk about their ambitions and achievements. Match the pictures, labeled A-D, to of people's ambitions to their names. (Bill D, Ralph -B, Deb -A, Swati -C) Will you match names to letters? Yes Where will you put your answers? In the chat Put your answers in the chat. OCFB

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

I will give the students 4 phrases to use to talk about their ambitions and achievements. I will use PP to show them each phrase. We will talk about sentence contractions, sentence stress, and intonation. I’ve always wanted to... (I have) ALways WAnted to... I’d also like to... I' dALso LIKE to... One thing that I’ve done that I am very proud of is... ONE THING tha tI've DONE that I am VERY PROU dof is My greatest achievement was when I… My GREATes taCHIEVEments was WHE nI For each sentence I will have them find the stress and show them the contractions and the connected speech. I will model and drill both as a group and calling on individual students.

Productive Task(s) (12-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The student will be given a handout in the chat and 2 minutes in order to write about their achievements and their goals. The handout has both ideas and questions in order to help them formulate ideas. The handout also has the useful language that they previously learned as a reminder. I want you each to take about 2 minutes to share. Then we will change groups. How long should you talk? 2 minutes will you talk about the same stuff in your new group>? Yes Do I want you to talk about your ambitions? Yes Do I want you to talk about your achievements? Yes I will put them in the BOR in groups of 2 or 3 where they will take time talking about their ambitions and achievements. I will be listening in and finding both good and poor language. After 6 minutes I will switch the groups and have them talk to another group about the same thing. Again I will be listening for language to correct and praise.

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

Once the students return I will ask them who had the same ambitions? Who had the strangest? Then on the white board I will put up several of the sentences. I will ask them how we can make them better or if they are written well. Then I will correct or just praise the sentences.

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