Ehsan Taebi Ehsan Taebi

Capital of Culture
Intermediate (B1) level


In this lesson students practice speaking for fluency in the context of Capitals of Culture and learn to use some useful expressions to present/ask about a city. The lesson starts with a listening which provides practice in listening for gist and specific information and serves as a starting point for the speaking part. The lesson ends when students choose one Capital of Culture for the whole class.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of choosing the Capital of Culture

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about two Capitals of Culture (i.e. Sibiu and Brasilia)
  • To provide practice of language used for presenting and asking questions in the context of culture


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To get Ss interested in the topic

Tell Ss an anecdote: 'I love Turkish culture. So I surfed the net and found out a bit about this country. Look at ex 1. Work in pairs. Complete the sentences with the name of a city in turkey. Then, with your partner decide if they are true or false?' Give 1 minute. Ss Peer-check with another pair. FB: Ss check the answers from the w/b. Istanbul 2010 - Capital of Culture in Europe - True Ankara - the capital city of Turkey - True Eskisehir - Cultural Capital of Turkey 2013 - True Tell Ss there are Capitals of Culture all over the world every year (Paris, Rome, etc)

Listening - Initial Task (4-6 minutes) • to listen for gist (easy task)

ask ss to look at the photos. Pre-teach some of the vocabulary. Record on the board (e.g. medieval, inhabitant, cosmopolitan, contemporary) use the CCQs and give examples. Ss listen to two interviews and decide for which city it was more important to become a capital of culture. Ss peer-check w/c feedback by moving to two corners of the class.

Listening - Second task - Scan Listening (4-6 minutes) • to practice listening for specific information

Give Ss some time to read the sentences again. Play the audio(s). Ss tick Brasilia or Sibiu for each. Ss peer-check with Ss behind them. (ask Ss if they need to listen again) W/c FB on the w/b

Semi-controlled Speaking practice (3-5 minutes) • to encourage ss to respond to what they listened to

Set the task for ex.4 Ask Ss to go to the right corner for Brasilia and left corner for Sibiu. Say: 'Now, go to the other group and say why you would prefer to visit each city, when I clap, change your partner and start again.' T monitors for delayed correction. W/c FB with one or two Ss.

Freer Speaking practice (10-12 minutes) • to get Ss to talk about their capital of culture of choice using the functional language in the box and allow personalisation

Give instruction for ex1 and 1 minute to take notes. Draw Ss' attention to the Useful Phrases box. Model and drill. Give one or two examples. Set the task for ex2 and the time limit. Give a demo with one s. T monitors for delayed language FB. (Ss change partner on clap) w/c FB with one or two Ss. Put Ss in groups of five. say: 'now choose ONLY one capital of culture in your group. Say why you chose it. OPTIONAL: Ss peer-check with other groups. w/c feedback with one or two groups.

Language Feedback (3-6 minutes) • to clarify common errors and give Ss any language they lack

write good examples and examples that need reformulation onto the board. Elicit answers from Ss.

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