Hasan Akay Hasan Akay

Elementary A1 level


In this lesson Students will learn about transportation related vocabulary and will practice their speaking skills using the new adjectives learned.


Main Aims

  • Speaking:To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of transportation using bicycles and cars

Subsidiary Aims

  • Writing: They will write sentences to describe their preference of one form of transportation over another, namely bikes vs. cars.
  • Reading:To provide gist reading on a short article about the bicycle rental system widely used in big cities.


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To introduce the Ss to the subject of this lesson

Ss will be asked how they get to school / work. They will be asked if they use metro/ bus / bicycle and why? They will be asked why they prefer one mode transportation versus another one. This subject is something they are already familiar with hence it will help the lesson flow into the following stages.

Vocabulary pre-teach (8-10 minutes) • Provide the clarification of the vocabulary necessary for the exercises.

This is a pre teach of the vocabulary for the target language. The vocabulary that will be covered is as follows: Uphill/Downhill (adv), Cyclist (n), Expensive (adj) Polluting (adj), Safe (adj), Dangerous (adj) Convenient (adj), Healthy (adj) Ride (v), Drop (v) Advantage (n) These words are used in the video they will be watching as well in the Reading Text they will be reading in the following stages. ECDW will be used to elicit the meaning of these words. Cyclist: Person riding a bicycle Uphill/Downhill: Use picture Expensive: Are cars expensive, Bikes Cheap? Polluting: Do we pollute the ocean? Does it need cleaning? Safe: Are trains safer than cars? Dangerous: Are cars / bikes dangerous? Convenient: Easy to do Healthy: Are you healthy when you have a cold? Ride: Get on a bicycle and go? Drop: Use gesture: drop a pen (context: Drop a bicycle, leave it at a place) Advantage: Is it an advantage to be tall when you play basketball?

Match the opposite (3-4 minutes) • To provide students additional vocabulary using the opposites they have just learned.

Ss will be give a set of vocabulary as such: Fast, slow, easy, comfortable, dangerous, polluting Convenient, healthy, expensive, cheap Inconvenient, green,difficult, safe, unhealthy Ss will be required the match the opposite of each adjective. Ss will complete exercise alone and will check it with their partners. Audio will be played to confirm and provide feedback.

Discussion Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To introduce Ss to the subject of discussion about the Bisim bike system in Izmir.

I will play a video as if it were a news clip from BBC. This video is specially prepared to introduce Ss to the subject of BISIM Bike rentals that exists in large cities all over Europe and now in Turkey. I hope to get their attention by using a video that shows a service they are very familiar in their own environment and city. By using this 2.5 min video students will be more inclined to comment and provide their feedback to discuss the pros and cons of the subject. The video is edited such that it looks like a news clip from BBC Television. This will help them to get interested in the subject.

BISIM bike system Discussion (8-10 minutes) • To practice speaking skills in the context of the city bike system in Izmir

Ss will be grouped in 3, and asked to discuss the advantage and disadvantages of the City Bike system they are already familiar with. They will be encouraged to use the adjectives that they have learned. After Ss complete this exercises they will be asked to share their opinions with WC. They will also be asked to provide additional information to support their opinions.

Reading Task (7-8 minutes) • To scan a reading text for gist

Ss will be given a text: Paris by City Bicycle. They will be asked to read the text and answer some gist questions about the text they read. Ss will complete the questions alone and then will check with their partners. Ss will provide F/B with WC participation.

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

Ss are divided in groups of two. Each student is given either "CAR" or "BIKE". They will be required to write down why they prefer one versus the other. They will then discuss their selection with their partner. After they are done, pairs will be swapped and this time Ss will select the other form of transportation and write down why they like it. Pairs discuss their opinions with their partner. Teacher monitors and assists.

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