Russell Eugene Relic Jr. Russell Eugene Relic Jr.

Russ TP 2
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students are going to focus on writing and some vocabulary through practice. The lesson focus is on being optimistic. The lesson will be designed to concentrate mostly on writing. The students will have a writing preparation stage, writing exercise followed by peer-to-peer reviews. In addition, there will be a tie-ın of the previous two lessons. These activities will help close part three of Unit 1: Alive and Well.


Main Aims

  • To provide Ss a written practice of a paragraph in the context of "What are you optimistic about?"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss a review and practice of time phrases in the context of being optimistic.


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

-Open the Powerpoint and display a quote about optimism: "Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and progress." -The Ss will pair up and discuss if they agree or not with this quote. -Take Ss feedback -Briefly, ask who is optimistic and why?

Useful Language (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

-The Ss will receive a handout with a portion of the workbook entitled Vocabulary 2A. -The students can work in pairs to answer the questions and discuss their answers. - The teacher will provide an answer key for the students to check their answers. -If there are any difficult parts, we will discuss them quickly. -The teacher will take quick feedback to move on the main aim of the lesson.

Focus on meaning (4-6 minutes) • To focus on meaning of time phrases of soon and distant through a controlled practice.

-The students will create two columns on their paper and they will have to categorize the quote on slide 5. -Ss will work on this in pairs and discuss their answers and why they think -Teacher will take feedback from the students and be ready to deal with questions about the meaning of the phrases. -Work on pronunciaton of the phrases.

Productive Task(s) (8-12 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

-The teacher will give the students a list of topics to choose from . -The teacher will put the students into groups according to their topics. **If one student only has a topic get him or her to choose another group** Implementation: 1. Ss will choose their topics 2. Figure out the numbers 3. Organize the groups 4. Provide Instructions -Ss will discuss in their groups why are they optimistic about the topic and give examples, etc. IF all of the students choose the same topic, all of the students will break up into theır groups of 3-4 and dıscuss the topic.

Brainstorming (4-5 minutes) • To provide the students an opportunity to think about their topic

Remember the text you saw in the last lesson? Now you are going to write your own... Ss will list theır top 3 reasons they are optimistic about their topic for preparation.

Production (15-20 minutes)

-The students will answer the question: "What are you optimistic about?" - Ss will work alone to write their own paragraphs about the topic they chose in the previous stage.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-Ss will swap their texts and check for and correct any errors- helping each other in pairs, etc. The teacher will monitor and help where needed. Ss will look for any time phrases in the writing, grammar from the previous lessons, and spelling errors. -The SS will put their writing on the walls and the Ss will walk around and read each other's texts and decide who is optimistic.

Lesson Extension (5-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Do you think we will ever find world peace? Do you think the world is better today than 10 years ago?

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