Elena Morales Elena Morales

Speaking Class - Elena Morales
B1 level


In this lesson students will practice their speaking and critical thinking skills by solving a puzzle. The class will start with a little puzzle activity that will function as a lead-in for the rest of the class and activate their critical thinking skills, followed by an activity were they will point out the vocabulary they will be using to solve the puzzle and useful language to use when creating the solution to the puzzle. Finally students will present a product which will be the solution to the problem.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation related to problem solving in the context of escaping an island

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice and review of language used for building and sequence words in the context of solving a problem about escaping an island


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

Teacher arrives and greets the class, she asks the students to get in teams of five and after students get together. The teacher lays 10 candies on the table ordered in 1,2,3,4 and provides instructions for the game, T says "As you can notice now you have 10 candies in front of you, you will have to find a way to change the order by moving juts one candy, so at the end you will have them organized as 4,3,2,1. You will have 3 minutes to solve this, but the team that finishes first will be the winner" After three minutes T asks students "What did you think about this activity? Was it difficult?" and if there are teams that solved the puzzle T will ask "What did you have to do to solve it?" if not T will show the solution

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

T will show the first picture and will ask "what do you see here?" if Ss answer about the situation of the person like "he is stuck on an island" T should ask "what else do you see in the picture?" and prompt from students the materials such as sand, wood, leaves, etc., if they do not answer.

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

Teacher will have different words related to their upcoming task in a powerpoint presentation (carry, cut, tie, join, dig). Teacher will present the word and try to elicit the meaning from the students, if the students don't know what the word means T will mimic the action. After reviewing the vocabulary teacher will have a powerpoint slide with sequence words and will ask "do you know what sequence words are?" "what are they used for?" and Ss will have to order them in three categories which are beginning, middle and ending; for this students will have 1-2 minutes to categorize them and then compare with classmates, then they will participate by writing their answers on the board, T will correct if necessary

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

Teacher will show the first picture again and will say "okay, here is situation, you are trapped in an island and you only have the things from the picture, you are going to work in teams to find a solution and escape the island, you will have to use the vocabulary that we just reviewed as well as the sequencing words and the team that comes up with the best and most creative solution will be the winner, you will have 15 minutes to do this, good luck!" Teacher will remind the students when there is 5 and 2 minutes left. T will ask each team to present their escaping plan, then all the students will have to vote for their favorite one

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

before finishing the class T will show the second image with the solution to the problem and will ask "were your solutions similar to this one? so, is there just one way to solve this? what did you like about the activity?" T will give the students a few minutes to discuss these questions and then ask some students to share their answers with the rest of the class T will provide feedback on language if necessary

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