Antony Gardner Antony Gardner

Banning communications at work.
Intermediate level


In this lesson Ss will do a listening exercise for general understanding and the study the lexical sets from the exercise that speculate about consequences. Ss will then have a group discussion practicing all of the lexis from the unit, in the context of banning mobiles and MP3s from their workplace.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of banning mobile phones and MP3s at work.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of speculating and consequences in the context of banning mobile phones and MP3s at work.


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

Give out HO. Discuss in 3s Feedback. Q. Who sends the most emails?

Listening for main idea (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

Look at the picture. Eric and Graham. Where are the two men? What are they doing? Are they happy? Who do they work for? Put on the board difficult lexis. Consultancy firm - company, business that gives management advice. Ban - stop, prohibit, forbid. CCQ. 1) Can I still do it? waste of time - pointless, achieve nothing CCQ. 1) Is it a good thing to do? No (2) Could I be doing something better? Yes Ask Ss what questions they need to answer? Ss listen. Feedback in groups. Check answer with listening script.

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

Give out HO 4. Put on board: Which arguments are FOR the ban? Which are against it? Ss work in 3s Listen an check. 1.15*** Model and drill lexis as a class.

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

Ask Ss: Hands up if you agree or disagree with the ban? Put into 2 groups. Group A agrees/group B disagrees. Preparation****Both groups prepare what they will say to give their opinions. Take notes. Use all the lexis learned from all lessons. Give your opinions....... Predict what will happen........ Groups of 4. 2xA 2xB Discuss your opinions for and against.

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

Write on board: In favor of the ban? against the ban? Class feedback

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