Lesson Plan Theme: Functional Language

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On these pages, you will find lessons plans relating to "Functional Language". These are lessons that will help your students do something with the language: complaining, suggesting, agreeing, inviting, and so on.


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Target Language: Guided writing, introducing yourself, online pen pals.
Description: Students learn how to write first about their hometown using descriptive vocabulary, then about themselves, in order to reply to online penpal adverts.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 0W1
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Let Me Introduce Myself

Target Language: Written introductions, capital letters, Present Simple questions.
Description: While learning how to put together a paragraph talking about themselves, students also learn the rules of capitalization in English and how to respond to personal questions.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 0W2


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Black Swan Hotel

Target Language: Imperatives, giving instructions and advice.
Description: The Black Swan Hotel in England has a few problems today. Students have to indentify the imperative verb form being used to give instructions to the hotel handyman. The lesson finished with a game in which the imperative is used to give instructions and advice.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1G8
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A Friend Visits

Target Language: Giving directions, following instructions, the imperative.
Description: At the beginning of the lesson, students talk about what there is to see in their own towns. There is some practice at following directions on a map, before students listen to a "spoken" pen-pal letter where a friend talks about her hometown and says how to find her house. The lesson finishes with some freer spoken practice at giving directions.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1L15
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The New Class

Target Language: Present Simple, Getting to know people.
Description: Can be used as an ice breaker with a new class or a class that hasn't had the chance to get to know each other very well. Focus on using present simple questions to find out about other students in the class. After a listening, lesson ends with a very active game.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1L3
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An Evening Out

Target Language: Going Out, functional language of inviting & suggesting.
Description: An initial survey about going out in the evening is followed by an exercise looking at the structures involved. A pairwork speaking exercise follows and the lesson ends with a card-based speaking game which will get your students moving around the classroom.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1S3
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My Sister Sue

Target Language: Personal description vocabulary, vocabulary records.
Description: Descriptive vocabulary for describing hair, eyes, clothes, personality, etc. A brief reminder about good vocabulary keeping methods before students work on common errors and finally describe family members to their classmates.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1V2
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Write To Me!

Target Language: Letter writing, review of elementary grammar.
Description: Some basic letter writing and organising skills are taught, focusing on paragraph content and ordering too. Another letter is used for an error-correction exercise to review this level's grammar.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W1
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Please Write Soon

Target Language: Giving personal information, conjunctions, writing to a pen pal.
Description: Students write sentences about themselves, learn how to connect them using conjunctions and then respond to a fictional pen pal e-mail.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W2
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Target Language: Writing to a pen friend about yourself, present simple.
Description: Your students have found an interesting person to write to on a pen friend website. They read through Jenny's e-mail and put together their first response. Quick review of elementary grammar included.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W4


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Bored Betty

Target Language: Vacation/holiday activities, adverbs of frequency, inviting and suggesting.
Description: A lesson that focuses on functional language of suggesting/inviting. The listening is an informal conversation between friends as they try to plan what to do together.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L7
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Checking In

Target Language: Checking into a hotel. Role Play.
Description: Using functional language that your students will often find useful, this lesson looks at the hotel check-in. After the two-part listening comprehension, students will role play a check-in themselves.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L9
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The Restaurant

Target Language: Discussing solutions to improve a business.
Description: Students talk together about their eating out preferences, then prepare for a role play activity in which they solve (hopefully!) the problems of a fictional local restaurant.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2RP3
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Let's Go To The Beach

Target Language: Function: Suggesting, persuading.
Description: Functions based lesson. Use of expressions such as "why don't we....", "let's..." and "how about..." including a look at the grammar of such expressions. Two freely communicative speaking activities give students a good chance to use what they have learnt.
Duration: 40 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2S1
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Shopping Spree

Target Language: Shopping vocabulary and expressions.
Description: Students think about what they would be in a shopping spree, before reading about what a famous celebrity would do in the same situation. Some focus on shopping-based functional language. The lesson finishes with a fun speaking activity in which the students buy things off each other!
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2S4
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Party Party

Target Language: Parties: vocabulary, accepting\declining an invitation.
Description: Everything from party vocabulary to reading invitations, deciding whether to accept or decline them - and students even get to do a Party Organizer role play.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2T1
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Students Welcome

Target Language: Writing a letter for information, using formal/informal language.
Description: Students read a letter from a language school they are interested in attending and then write a letter to the family they'll be living with, to get more information. Focus on formal/informal language choices and structure of this type of letter.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2W3
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The Travel Bug

Target Language: Basic composition, descriptive vocabulary and phrases.
Description: Students read a descriptive description of a vacation trip and then brainstorm other similar vocabulary in preparation for their own short composition.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2W4

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