Lesson Planning of Expressions in Conversation


Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Use appropriate expressions in conversation to articulate, recognize and use some formulaic expressions to:
  • Listen and respond to commands.
  • Express needs and feelings.
  • Express opinions in simple sentences.
  • Respond to simple instructions and directions.

Information for Teachers

  • The students need to listen, see and then speak with expressions for this lesson.
  • It is important to listen and respect others` opinion instead of quarreling.
  • These activities need to be practiced more than once so that the students start using the expressions.
  • The tone will decide whether the conversation is a command or a simple talk.
  • While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult the textbook where it is required.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk / marker, duster, chart papers, textbook


Expressing Opinion –Class Discussion

  • Write the following sentence on the board and ask the students to express their opinions.
  • In my view, birds should not be kept in cages. What do you think?
  • All the students would give different answers. Encourage them to speak.
  • Ask the students: “Do you all think the same way?”
  • Take some students` answers, then explain that we can agree or disagree on different things because of different reasons, e.g. likes, dislikes, past experience etc.
  • But we need to learn to express our opinion nicely.
  • We can simply say in his view/in my view/in their view or opinion (write this on the board)
  • Now practice these situations with more ways of dealings with opinions in 3 groups.
  • Help the students to add and change sentences of their interest.
  • Encourage the students top come up with new situations in pairs/groups.
Situation 1:

Statement: I think studying English is a waste of time.

Agree:       I`m with you./Yes, I agree with you./ Exactly.

Disagree: I disagree with this. / I don`t agree with you. / That`s different


Situation 2:

Ali: What did you think of the cartoon, Commander Safe guard?

Rashid: I thought it was boring.

Ali: Really? I loved it. Why did you think it was boring?

Rashid: It was for very little children.

Ali: did you like the song in the cartoon?

Rashid: No, I hate it. It was too loud and noisy. What did you think of it?

Ali: It was a great fun.


Situation 3:

Statement: I like this red dress. How about you?

Agree: It works for me. / That`s true.

Disagree: I don`t really think. / yes, but don`t you think that.



Activity 1

  • The students should work in pairs to read and act at the dialogues given in the first column.
  • The dialogue can be used as model to have similar conversations.
  • Help the students in making situations of their own, taking help from the table below.
Wasim: Excuse me; I am looking for the High School; Could you please help me?

Saber: Sure, the school is on Tent Street, about 20 minutes away by foot. Go South (right side) on this street until you come to the stop light.

Wasim: Go South to the stop.

Saber: Correct. Then turn left and go three more streets, until you come to the end of the road. You will see a park in front of you.

Wasim: Turn left and go for three streets to the park.

Saber: Next, cross the park. The school is on your left.

Wasim: OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight. (saber repeats all he has understood)

Saber: You got it.

Wasim: Thanks

Go straight

Go to

Turn right

Turn left


On your right/on your left beside

Next to / across / in front of

  • Write the sentence in the box on the board and ask the students what they mean?
  • Give them a hint of mobile phone manuals, shampoo wrappers / bottles, medicine bottles/wrappers, biryani masala packer, instructions on the door/way like pull/push, turn right, etc.
  • Ask for reasons for each example they share from their surroundings.

Activity 2

  • Tell the students that there is another form of expression used in the conversation i.e. Commands.
  • Call one student by name and ask him to come forward.
  • You can say like this in a commanding tone, “Ahmed, come in front of the class and bring your notebook with you!”
  • Your tone will decide your commanding expression.
  • Explain the class some more commanding expressions like “Fetch me a glass of water!”. “Bring your complete homework tomorrow!”
Sum up / Conclusion
  • Ask the students to share the new expressions they have learnt for different situations.
  • Conclude the lesson by recapping the main idea of the lesson.
  • Give different situations to express themselves with gestures.
  • Involve the students in solving the problems given in the exercise at the end of unit/chapter.
Follow up
  • Bring different instructions in the form of wrappers, covers, books, papers, boxes, packs, etc. and display them on a chart paper in the class (use it for improving reading skills later)
  • Make the students work in pairs and give directions to a stranger to their school.
  • Ask the students to perform different role like that of a teacher, principal, doctor, postman, etc. And give instruction/direction/talk about opinions etc.

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