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Useful phrases for informal invitations and responses
B1 level


In this lesson, students learn how to invite people, and how to accept and refuse informal invitations orally. The lesson starts with an introductory discussion about accepting and declining intivations, followed by a related HO with a listening exercise. There are two controlled practises about the listening exercise, and finally the lesson ends with a semi-controlled dialogue exercise about inviting people and declining people.


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Main Aims

  • To practise informal invitations and responses orally

Subsidiary Aims

  • To recognize the meaning of the phrases from contextual clues when listening to conversations


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Start by asking students if they would join you to go to the movies. Try to elicit positive as well as negative answers. Then show the students the pictures of one accepting, one declining people on WB. Show them the picture of a movie, ask students what the people on the pictures would reply for a movie invitation. Try to elicit new replies and write them on the board, if necessary.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Pair the sts. Deal the picture from the HO seperately to each pair, and tell them to discuss for a minute about what might be going on in the picture. Then ask random students about their thoughts.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Deal the HO to the class. Tell them to listen to the track related to the first exercise and answer the question. Ask them how they came to the conclusion of the answer they gave. The listening track takes about 1:29 minutes.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-13 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Group the students. Explain the second exercise to the students and give them clear instructions about how to do it. Tell them that it is a competition, or depending on the mood, give them a short time limit to complete it. Then give the answers by telling them to listen to the related track. The listening track takes 1:07 minutes.

Post-Reading/Listening (6-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Group the students by giving names (i.e. naming them a,b,c and then grouping a's and b's and c's together). Deal HOs with social gatherings written, and tell one person to accept or decline from each group. Let them discuss together.

Extra - Semi-Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • Fluency practice

If time left, ask students if they have plans for tonight, for the weekend and whether they would accept or decline which kinds of invitations for their plans.

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