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ABSTRACT  In recent years the foreign language teaching profession has participated in a movement away from the teacher-dominated toward a studen-centered environment. Today's focus is on developing what students can do with a language, not what they know about it. This paper presents a model lesson plan that thematically integrates vocabulary, grammar, and culture. By approaching lesson planning with a task-based orientation, teachers may well find that what they need to teach (i.e., the vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information) will emerge naturally and will be more meaningful for students. The structure of the lesson is of special interest to beginning teachers, but has implications for teachers of all levels.