Peyman Ghanian Peyman Ghanian

Teaching practice 6
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students will have the opportunity to develop their speaking skill through role play and they will come up with some solutions about office troubles.


Abc Office troubles

Main Aims

  • To provide the opportunity for students to improve their fluency through role play

Subsidiary Aims

  • To check students understandings of a text (reading) and their usage of modal verbs


Lead-in (7-8 minutes) • To provide students to brainstorm their ideas about school (and office) problems

All participants in this class are school or university students and I will start the class by asking what problems in schools they have. I ask them to PW and then get their ideas. I ask them to give me possible solutions. I set the situation by drawing an unhappy employee on the board and elicit why Ss think he is upset and then I explain what the situation is.

Pre Speaking task (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students to understand their roles in the activity

I need to make sure students have the clear picture of their roles so I give them handouts to pre-teach possible words that they might not know. Then I drill the difficult words and write them on the board (with the stress sign) Based on the number of participants (See Anticipated Problems & Solutions) I divide Ss to boss, staff member and reporter and I give them their role cards and they have enough time to read their roles. I pair them to boss & staff member(s) and reporters and they have time to share their ideas and how they play the roles. I assist them with any problems they have.

Speaking (14-16 minutes) • To provide students to have the interview

When everyone is ready, the role play starts with separate interviews between (a) reporter 1 & boss and (b) reporter 2 & staff member. I ask the reporters to make notes. Then I swap the reporters and I remind them that they need to adjust their questions to get the other side's opinion. I monitor them and take notes for delayed FB.

Post Speaking Task (12-14 minutes) • To provide students to share their ideas in a group discussion

I ask all of students to sit together (in a circle) and I give them enough time to come up with 3 possible solutions. They should try to reach an outcome in which the boss and the staff member(s) have an agreement about changes in the office rules. I monitor and take notes and when they finish the task I get the WC FB. Finally I write some of my notes on the board and ask them to work in pairs and find the problem in each sentence ( I also write some of good examples )

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