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Talking about problems and solutions

talking about problems and solutions


In this lesson plan students will do a lot of different activities and learn words and expressions for talking about problems and solutions.

B1 / Intermediate45 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


First, students have to do a short warm-up which involves discussing questions about everyday problems we might experience with different devices as well as their attitude towards solving such problems. Next, students move to the first vocabulary exercise. They have to match sentence halves to create expressions used for talking about problems. After that, they read six dialogues between people who face some problems and those who might help to solve them. Their task is to find in the dialogues: three verbs that mean ‘solve’, three ways to ask for help, three ways to ask about a problem, and four ways to suggest a solution. They also need to discuss whether the problems described in the dialogues have ever happened to them and what they did to solve them.


To practise the words and phrases students have just learnt, they get one writing task and a role play activity. First, they need to look at the photo given and discuss what the problem might be and who could help them to solve it. Then, they write a short dialogue connected with the photo. Remind them to use words and phrases from the previous exercises. Finally, the lesson ends with a role-play. To let students practise the expressions for talking about problems and solutions, we prepared four scenarios. Choose whichever you find appropriate for your students or do all of them as they involve different day-to-day situations. Make students work in pairs, give them a card with a role to play and prepare to have a conversation with their partners.



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  1. Sina

    Hi everyone,

    I really like this lesson plan and have used it several times with different groups.
    They tend to get quite engaged when it comes to the role play part.

    There’s just one little issue:
    In my lesson today I noticed that the links to Situation 4 for the role playing exercise do not lead anywhere. It looks as though the slides have been deleted.
    Would be fantastic, if you could sort that out.

    Thank you!

    1. Justa

      Hi Sina! Thank you so much for your feedback! Awesome to hear that the lesson is useful 🙂 We’ve just checked the issue and it seems that everything works fine on our end. Please, write to us on our chat or email us so that we can help you sort it out!

  2. keivan_teimoorian

    fabulous lesson, thanks.

    1. Justa

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Joanna Gabryś-Trybała

    An excellent practical English lesson, my students love those!! Thanks a lot!

    1. Justa

      Thanks! Happy to hear that 🙂


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