Luis Miguel Gonzalez Luis Miguel Gonzalez

TP 6-Functional Language
Advanced level


In this lesson, designed for Advanced students, they will learn and practice some functional language used for saying that they are or are not surprised in the context of a conversation between two people talking about a variety of topics. Given the level of the students, they are meant to have a guided-discovery kind of lesson, in which almost all answers and content will be elicited and then put into practice in both controlled and freer practice.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for saying you're surprised or not surprised.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist listening practice using an audio of a conversation between two people talking about a variety of topics.
  • To provide students with speaking practice in order to put the language of the lesson into practice and in that way improve their fluency as well.


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

Students will be shown some images of people making certain facial expressions. Then, they will be asked what those expressions express (eventually eliciting surprise and not being surprised). Follow-up questions will be asked if necessary.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through an audio or situation

Students will be played an audio in order to get some context. They will be given some options and as they listen, they will have to tick the ones that were mentioned in the audio. After that, they will be sent to BORs so that they an exchange their answers. Then, they will be brought back to report back to me with the actual topics.

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form, pronunciation and appropriacy of the target language

Students will be presented with some phrases that were used in the previous audio. They will be sent to the BORs again in order to work together in pairs or groups of three and they will be asked to find out if those phrases express surprise or not, and if they are formal/polite English or not. Then, they will be brought back to the main room so that they can report back to me what they found out while covering the whole MFPA.

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

Students will be presented with an activity in which they will have to fill in the gaps in the previous phrases, something easy and short in order to check if they successfully absorbed the language phrases. Then, we will discuss them together as an open class.

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

Students will be asked to tell each other about wonderful or disappointing experiences in their lives. They will be sent to different rooms in order to talk for 3/5 minutes, then they will change partners and then tell each other all over again. They will be asked to try to use the language of the lesson and will be encouraged to use more of their own knowledge.

Feedback (4-5 minutes) • To carry out the D.E.C and have students share if they learned something new.

The teacher will carry out D.E.C taking into consideration some mistakes that might have been made in the speaking activity.

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