The lesson begins with students reading a short text with some key points about stammering. (Note that ‘stammering’ is the word used in the UK, and ‘stuttering’ means the same thing but is more commonly used in the USA and Australia.) They then go on to read a first-person account by a person who stammers, about how he would prefer people to respond when he does so. After some discussion about the topic, the lesson goes on to focus on some different grammatical structures to express preference and sometimes annoyance: would rather/sooner, would prefer, wish. There is some practice using sentence transformation (as found in FCE) and then some more personalised practice.
- To help students understand more about stammering and how (not) to respond when someone stammers
- To practise reading for specific information
- To be able to use a range of structures for expressing preference and/or annoyance: would prefer, would sooner, would rather, wish
Adults and older teenagers
CEF level B1+/B2 (especially useful for Cambridge First Certificate preparation)
The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below