Luke Luke

TP 8 Will Grice
Upper Intermediate level


A functional language lesson covering language used to apologize.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for apologizing.

Subsidiary Aims

  • For students to practice their listening skills.
  • For students to gain practice writing and speaking a dialogue.


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will ask Ss about a time they recently had to apologize to someone and the reason(s) why they had to apologize. I will start off the discussion by sharing a personal anecdote about a time I had to apologize.

Text-Work (4-5 minutes) • To expose Ss to the target language

Ss will listen to an audio track from the Face-to-Face workbook. Ss will have to list three times that the main character Eddy apologized to someone, and three times that someone apologized to Eddy.

Language Clarification (5-6 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for tasks

Ss will be given a handout where they will have to match some phrases from the audio with the correct meaning. They will work in pairs.The three meanings are: apologizing, giving reasons for your actions or being self critical, and responding to an apology. The 6 phrases Ss will be working with are: I'm sorry that... I had no idea... I shouldn't have... No need to apologize. I'm sorry for... Don't worry about it. After Ss have correctly identified the meaning, we will go over form, pronunciation, and appropriacy together as a class.

Controlled Practice (7-8 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to practice the functional language in an easier exercise

Ss will be given another handout where they will have to fill in the gaps in a conversation using the 6 phrases we went over together in our language analysis. Ss will work in pairs (5 mins). After Ss have completed the exercise, I will share the answers with them and answer any questions Ss may have. (2 min)

Freer practice (10-11 minutes) • To provide students an opportunity to explore how to use the functional language

Ss will work in pairs to write a dialogue between two friends who got in an argument over a tennis match. Ss will be encouraged to use the language we covered earlier in the lesson (5 mins). After the 5 minutes has passed, the pairs will share their dialogue with the class by roleplaying as the two friends (5 mins).

Feedback and Error Correction (5-6 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' use of language

I will perform any DEC needed from the freer practice as well as covering any other mistakes or issues I noticed in the lesson previously.

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