Amaka Mokwunye Amaka Mokwunye

Beginners level


In this lesson, ss learn about simple verbs using collocations. They practice asking and answering questions of what they can and can't do through written, spoken and survey activities.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of using can and can't with colocations in the context of hobbies, sports and other activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of common verbs vocabulary and grammar-collocations.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask ss to look and guess what the mime means. Mime/act out the collocations. Prompt and show ss flashcards of the actions. Choral and individual drill on collocations.

Preteach Vocabulary and structure (4-6 minutes) • To provide understanding of new vocabulary needed in the lesson

Use word cards to check if ss can match it to the right picture. Show ss the thumbs up sign, and drill 'can'. (individual and choral drilling) Model an example on the board using the picture and word cards. Read sentence and let ss repeat. Show ss thumbs down sign, drill 'can't'. Model an example on the board. Read sentence, ss repeat.

Practice vocabulary (2-4 minutes) • To practice new vocabulary through songs

Give out sheet with song, get ss to stand in a circle, play son and let ss practice by singing along.

Semi-controlled practice. (6-8 minutes) • To practice using new vocabulary when speaking.

Collect sheets from ss and ask them to remain standing. Model task. Use examples from the board. Ex: I can catch a ball. I can't play football. Pass a stress ball/squeezed sheet and encourage ss to take turns in saying what they can and can't do using the pictures on the board. SS go back to their seats and complete task one. Pair feedback/ move around and compare answers.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To check for understanding, and prepare ss for free practice.

Explain task 2 to ss. show them a tick() for can and ( x) for can't. model an example with A3 sheet on the board. Fold ss paper to show column just for them. instruct ss to hands up when they finish. Show ss how to open the 1st friend. Model how to ask their partner and ss do same. Can you play football? If there's time, do 2nd friend.

Productive task (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

SS in a circle, model what to do when the song is playing and when it pauses. When playing, ss walk round in a circle and sing along. When it stops, the turn to the person next to them and tell them what they can and can't do. Shuffle the line, then play song again. Repeat.

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