Hala Abdul Latif Hala Abdul Latif

Speaking lesson Plan
Intermediate, grade 5 level


This speaking lesson discusses proverbs from a cultural point of view. Students are introduced to proverbs from different cultures. They practice speaking about proverbs and their meaning.


Abc Course book: (Touchstone 4 Teacher's edition and student's edition)
Abc pictures

Main Aims

  • The main aim of this lesson is to introduce students to proverbs from different cultures and practice speaking about these proverbs.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Practicing using experessions like to be more honest, honestly, certainly and actually.


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

: I'll start the session by greeting the students with a friendly smile on my face. I'll ask the kids about their favorite hobby. (Drawing, reading, origami, scientific experiments.) I will write some riddles on the board. I'll say who knows the answer of number one raises his hand. We will go on like this until the class answers the 4 riddles. Riddles: 1. Riddle: What has to be broken before you can use it? Answer: an egg Riddle 2: I am tall when I am young and I am short when I'm old Answer: Candle Riddle 3: What is full of holes and still holds water? Answer: A sponge Riddle 4: What is always infront of you and you cannot see it? Answer: The future I'll compliment the students about their smart answers saying good job everyone, you are very smart students.

Teaching Vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • To introduce students to some of the blocking words.

1-Contradictory Eliciting Questions: Does this word refer to things? (Yes) Can I use it to refer to people? (No) Do the arrows point to the same way or to different ways? Definition: two statements, beliefs etc that are contradictory are different and therefore cannot both be true or correct CCQs: Does it refer to similar or different things? (different things) Can both contradictory things be true? (No) If two ideas are contradictory do they have anything in common? Pronunciation: Contradictory /ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktəri/ /ˌkɑːntrəˈdɪktəri/ Form: adjective/ synonym: conflicting, contrary, opposite/ antonym: similar, agreeing Context: The public is being fed contradictory messages about the economy. 2- dilemma Eliciting Questions: Look at picture (a) is the man happy or sad? (sad) Is everything okay or is he in trouble? (in trouble) Can he make a decision easily? (No) Definition: A situation in which it is very difficult to decide what to do, because all the choices seem equally good or equally bad CCQs: Does it mean to choose one choice or multiple choices? (multiple choices) If a person is in a dilemma, can he take a decision easily or he cannot? (He cannot) Does it express confusion or decisiveness? (confusion) Pronunciation: /dɪˈlemə/, /daɪˈlemə/ Form: Noun/Synonym: predicament, confusion, puzzled/ Antonym: solution, clarity Context: Many women are faced with the dilemma of choosing between work and family commitments. 3- concise Eliciting Questions: If I say about something that it is concise, does it give a detailed explanation or a short one? (Short one) IF something is concise, is it simple or complicated? (simple) Does it mean to give general points about something (Yes) Definition: Short with unnecessary words A concise edition of a book is shorter than the original one. CCQs Does it mean to give a detailed explanation or a short explanation about something (a short explanation) Does it include any unnecessary words? (No) Can I say about a book that is concise? (Yes) Pronunciation: kənˈsaɪs Form: Adjective / Synonym: short, brief, compact, to the point / Antonym: long, detailed Context: Your summary should be as clear and concise as possible.

Planning Time (8-10 minutes) • To brainstorm with the students and provide them with some ideas about the topic under discussion.

Now I want you to watch this video carefully, then we are going to have an interesting discussion about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRSFwpWazXc 1- What are proverbs? (They are a short and wise saying that is meant as a piece of advice.) 2- Are proverbs present i all cultures? (Yes) 3- Can you mention a proverb or two from your mother tongue? 4- Do you think that studying proverbs can help us understand a certain culture? Why? 5- Do you think that some proverbs are contradictory or paradoxical? Can you give an example? 6- What is your favorite proverb? When do you usually say it?

While Speaking (controlled and freer practice) (18-20 minutes) • To provide the students with some closed and open questions about the topic under discussion.

Controlled Practice: Now I want you to put True or False in front of the following sentences. You will work in pairs. Partner A will ask the question and partner B will answer. Each pair will take a question. You have 5 minutes. ICQS How many miutes do you have? (5 minutes) Are you going to work in paros or indvidually? (In pairs) Are you gong to put true or false? (Yes) 1- Proverbs are present in all cultures (True) 2- A proverb is a short wise saying that is meant as a piece of advice. (True) 3- Scholars are not interested in studying proverbs. (False) 4- Some proverbs are contradictory. (True) 5- Studying proverbs can not help us in understanding a certain culture. (False) Freer Practice: Now that we have learned a great deal about proverbs, let's read proverbs from different cultures translated into English and match them to their equivalent in English. In exercise 2A there are four proverbs from different cultures, you have to work in pairs to find out their meaning. After that, you are going to match them to four English proverbs. You have 6 minutes. Exercise 2A on page 29 in the student's book. ICQs: Are you going to work individually or in pairs? (In pairs) After you find the meaning of the proverbs, what are you going to do next? (Match the proverbs to their equivalent in English) How many minutes do you have? (6 minutes)

Simulation and Feedback (8-10 minutes) • To provide the students with a chance to discuss what they have learned so far and to provide feedback about their performance.

Now I want you to discuss and say your opinion about the following statements in groups. You have 6 minutes. ICQS Are you going to work in pairs or in groups (In groups) How many minutes do you have? ( 6 minutes) Are you going to say your opinion? (Yes). 1- Some proverbs are contradictory. 2- Proverbs can help us understan a certain culture. 3- Please mention a proverb from your culture and explain its meaning to your colleagues and tell them when it is usually said. Feedback: I'll ask the students if thy have any comment. Is their anything that needs to be improved? Is there a mistake they did and you want to correct/? Then I'll provide them with my feedback. I'll correct any mistakes indirectly. Then I'll compliment them on their performance. Thank you very much I really enjoyed this session with you.

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