Bianca Bianca

Problems & Solutions
Intermediate level


A vocabulary lesson (phrases and collocations) in the context of fixing things.


Abc G - Slides

Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of phrases and collocations in the context of fixing things talking about possible problems and solutions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To develop students speaking fluency and active listening as they share their thoughts on the topic


Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Have Ss look at the pictures. Ask them: Have you heard the phrase "out of order?" Tell them to guess what it represents. If students do not have an idea, proceed to show the next slides to let them guess what it means out of the pictures you provide help them elicit information from a mini-story you present.

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Refer to the mini-story you provided. Ask students to think about the possible solutions for each of the problems you presented. Ask them if they have gone through a similar situation. If they have not experienced something similar ask them to tell you what would they have done in those situations.

Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Show Ss G-slide. Ask to match the corresponding problem to its solution. Check on the MFP with the sentences from the slide Show them a dialogue, let Ss read it out loud. Check on pronunciation and meaning by asking them some questions such as "What's the main problem?" "Which solutions were given?" "Which solution would you give to Tomas?" Ask Ss to match the problem with its possible solution. Check on pronunciation. Ask them to create a sentence on their own

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Share and show students a G-Slide. Ask them to read the sentences and write the corresponding words. Allow 2-3 mins to finish. Then go over the answers 1-2min 1. broken down 2. recharging 3. out of order 4. switching it off and on 5. laptop crashed 6. memory stick 7. print one

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

Share and show Ss link to Google - Slide. Show students different pictures as well with different phrases. Let them choose two to three phrases out of the options given. Ask them to share their thoughts by asking: "What would you do if you were in these situations?. Have any of these problems happened to someone you know?. Let students think about their answers and share their opinions. Go over students' responses

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