Benjamin Benjamin

Family Issues Survey
Upper-Intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • To provide speaking practice to survey people about family issues

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review and practice of the simple present, simple past and past continuous tenses in the context of family


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

Present the following questions to students: What is your family like? Do you think your family is the same as all families? Model an answer and have two or three students participate and answer the same questions.

Exposure (3-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Present students with the following questions and have them answered in OCFB: What makes you happy? What makes you sad? What makes you laugh? This with the purpose to help students identify the emotions that will be sought after during the activities.

Useful Language (3-6 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Lightly go over the MFP of the grammar that will be utilized during the activities. Present simple, past simple and past progressive tenses. This with the purpose of identifying the correct use of these. Elicit the correct answers for the empty spaces from the students: Was/were for past progressive, past simple verb for past simple, and bare infinitive for present simple.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

1. Present students with the following questions: What makes you happy about your family? What makes you upset about your family? Is there something that drives you crazy about them? Model an answer for them. Have students think about their answer for a minute and afterwards, have them discuss their answers in BORs. 2. Present students with the following prompts: Tell us about a time your family made you happy. Tell us about a time your family made you upset. Tell us a quick funny story about something one of your family members did. Model an answer for them. Give students a minute to think about their answers. Then, demonstrate a few possible follow up questions they can ask each other. Then, send them to BORs to start the activity. 3. In OCFB, have students share their opinions using the following prompts: A common thing that makes people upset about their family is... A common thing that makes people happy about their family is... The funniest thing I heard was...

Feedback and Error Correction (4-6 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Open up this section to have students make questions about the subject or grammar. Share and correct possible errors identified during observation of all activities.

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