Bri Bri

Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn and practice using lexis related to polite requests in the context of asking for directions and finding their way around unfamiliar locations. Students will utilize situations and roleplay to practice multiple ways of asking for something.


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Main Aims

  • To practice and revise functional language for polite requests under the context of solving problems

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in asking questions formally
  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about requests from students and friends


Warmer (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context of problems and solutions and re-engage students after a different lesson

Pose a question to the board. "What problems do tourists face in your country" Elicit 2-3 answers and ask for solutions to the problem Give example, if necessary, of living in New York City and the confusing metro system.

Text Work (7-9 minutes) • To provide context of the target language

Students will have a minute to read an email exchange. The target language will be highlighted. Students will be asked to identify what the phrases mean.

Intensive Reading (10-15 minutes) • To clarify meaning, form, and pronunciation of the target language

Show students 2 short conversation scripts. One will be using polite requests and the other will be using less polite more formal requests. Students will be tasked with analyzing a. What is the difference between the two conversations (meaning is the same) b. Why does the difference exist (appropriacy due to formality). Teacher will ask CCQs for comprehension and agreement of other students.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will be paired into BORs and have a google form shared to them. In the google form the students will select and submit what they believe to be the best fit answer for the blank. If majority of class is correct students will rationalize their choice to the teacher. If majority are incorrect, teacher will rationalize why using CCQs, referencing the previous activity and delving deeper into meaning and form.

Free Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students will be separated into 3 different Break out rooms. Each breakout room will be given a situation for a total of 3 situations. The students will verbally practice role play of these situations and create questions using the Target language Could you, Would you mind, Could you tell me, and Do you know.

Delayed Error Correction (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to their flaws in the target language

If time allows, write 4 sentences overheard in the free practice and have students analyze what the problem is and how to correct it. If time does not allow correct verbally.

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