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Arranging a playdate - suggestions
Elementary level


In this lesson, students are exposed to language used to make suggestions and to accept or decline invitations. Through a listening activity, they hear a dialogue between two mums arranging a playdate. Then, they create their own list of phrases to use when arranging to meet up with a friend. Lastly they practice speaking in a role play activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of language used for accepting and declining invitations

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about playdate
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in making arrangements with someone


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

What is there to do in your area? Where can you go to have fun? To eat? To see a show? What do you like to do near to where you live? Where would you like to visit? Adjectives - boring, exciting, interesting, relaxing, fun... Using this lesson plan from ESOL Nexus:

Exposure (12-15 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Playdate - listen to dialogue and discuss vocabulary Adrienne, Fiona, Amy, Rebecca - who are they? stay for tea vegetarian pick her up I'm afraid Listen again and do activity 1 & 2 Go through answers Do activity 3-4 if time

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

SLIDES - accepting & declining Put phrases in the correct boxes for suggesting, accepting or declining. Come up with some more sentences for each type. Drill pronunciation. Check contractions - I'd like to, I'd rather, I'm sorry Ask and answer - ask if someone would like to do something, then other person replies with positive or negative. Discuss which answers are more polite or less polite.

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

Look at transcript from the dialogue. Break into parts - request / arrangement (plan) / summary (checking) Discuss how to make an arrangement - what information do you need? Where going / when meeting / how getting there / special requests / etc. Then give pairs a chance to choose the scenario from Resource F they prefer. Work for 5 minutes in pairs to outline the plan. Then practice the dialogue - perform to class if time. Playdate Resource F Playdate transcript

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Go over homework from last week. Homework - fill in diary page with a "normal" week for you. Be sure to leave free time to make plans with friends!

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