Özge Aydemir, Functional Language Lesson (Giving & Justifying Opinions)
Intermediate, B1/B2 level
By the end of the lesson, ss will have been exposed to and practised the functional language of phrases for giving and justifying opinions in the context of lifestyle of young people today.
By the end of the lesson, students will have practised the receptive skill of listening for exposure of the target language in the context of lifestyle of young people today. Ss will also have improved their productive skill of speaking targeting both accuracy and fluency in order to practise the TL.
Procedure (40-50 minutes)
T tells the class to look at the pictures, talk about the lifestyle of young people today and about what they were like when they were teenagers . Ss talk in pairs, T monitors and there's W/C F/B.
T elicits the words / phrasal verbs "hang around, frightening, prison, justify". T checks meaning through possible CCQs (see Language Analysis). T drills each word and then writes it on the board marking the form and stress.
T tells the ss that they are going to listen to a short conversation. T asks the ss to listen for the gist and tell their pairs what the conversation is about. Ss listen to the recording once and discuss in pairs. T monitors. There's W/C F/B. T tells the ss that this time they are going to listen to complete the missing parts of the conversation and gives the folded HOs. T plays the recording once. Ss complete the gaps and check in pairs, T monitors. T doesn't play the recording for a second time unless they really struggle. T boards the A/K via OHP.
T tells the ss to unfold their papers and have a look at the marker sentences from the listening task. T asks the ss to decide whether the phrases in bold are used to express giving opinions or justifying opinions. Ss decide and check in pairs and there's W/C F/B. T uses CCQs to check meaning. T puts the ss into two teams and tells them that they are going to categorize the phrases as giving opinion or justifying opinion. T gives COs for the rest of the phrases. Ss run to the board and stick the COs in the right place. T monitors. When they finish, teams compare their answers. T gives the A/K. T clarifies the meaning again via CCQs. Next, T elicits the form from the ss and highlights it on the board. As for pronunciation, T uses individual and choral drilling techniques as well as back chain drilling.
T tells the ss to circle the suitable phrases in conversation that will be given. T gives the HOs. Ss circle the best options. T monitors. T pairs the ss up and asks them to check their answers. T tells the class to go to the information desk and get the A/K by finding and saying the correct password which is "Personally, (I believe) you're a nice lady." Whoever brings back the A/K wins. Ss check answers from the A/K, T monitors and then asks if they have a problem. They practice the conversation in their pairs and switch roles. T monitors.
T sets the tasks and tells the ss that they are supoosed to complete the sentences with their own ideas. T reminds the ss to use the phrases of the TL. T gives the HOs. Ss work individually. T monitors. Ss share their opinions in pairs. T monitors to spot errors. Then, there's W/C F/B.
T sets the task and gives instructions. T tells the ss that the teacher will pick a CO and reads a statement. T tells the ss to go to the "agree" corner if they agree with the statement and go to the "disagree" corner if they disagree with the statement. T tells the ss that the group which uses the phrases effectively to give and justify their opinion wins. Then, T reads a statement that requires the students to give an opinion, e.g. Celebrities earn too much money. Ss then go to the corner that matches their opinion. The ss in the same corner discuss why they chose that opinio. T monitors. After each corner has discussed the statement, the ss from each corner try to justify their opinion open class and see if any of the students want to switch to the other corner. If time allows the task continues with other statements. Then, there's W/C F/B again.
T boards examples of errors and good usage of English and elicits the correct form of the errors from the ss. T drills the sentences.