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intermediate speaking lesson

LESSON OVERVIEW

With this intermediate speaking lesson plan, students get lots of opportunities to talk about retirement. They watch a short video, discuss retirement laws in their countries and plan their own retirement.

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
45 min
60 min
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This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. There are no grammar or vocabulary tasks in this lesson format. Learn more about it here.

DISCUSSION

This intermediate speaking lesson plan starts with a discussion. Students talk, amongst other things, about retirement and the public pension system in their country.They also discuss mandatory retirement as well as the proper age to retire. After that, students look at three jokes. They need to decide what aspects of retirement they refer to. Students also say whether the aspects are true or not (e.g. retired people are free babysitters). They have to explain their answers. Finally, students talk about their retirement: what they plan to do, whether they have a bucket list, etc. They have to discuss positive and negative aspects of being retired.

VIDEO & SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

Students watch a short video about retirement and discuss some questions related to it. For example, they say if living in a nursing home or living with children after retirement are common in their country. They also say whether the children of retired people are expected to help their parents. Alternatively, the teacher can choose to ask students who are already retired other questions: when they started planning their retirement or what are some positive aspects of retirement. There are some questions listed in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. Then, students look at sets of options and choose one from each. They need to explain their choices. The options are related to retirement, e.g. paying mortgage early, keeping your savings in a bank, investment. In the last task of this intermediate speaking lesson, students read about two retirement-related concepts and have to discuss their pros and cons. The concepts are: becoming financially independent and retiring early, as well as going into mini-retirement.

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  1. TEACHERS EM UNIAO

    Perfect! Thanks.

    1. Justa

      Happy to hear that 🙂

  2. Meghan Dunlay

    What great timing – here in France there are strikes to stop the government from raising the retirement age. This is perfect.

    1. Stan

      Oh, wow! That’s a thorny issue 🙂

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