Gökçe Guinaudeau Gökçe Guinaudeau

Teaching Practice 5
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about verb patterns which are used with objects or without objects and also verb patterns in which verbs are followed by either ' infinitive with to ' form of verbs or ' infinitive ' form of verbs. In this lesson students practise these verb patterns through semi-controlled, controlled and free practice activities.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of verbs used with or without objects and also verb patterns with the verbs ' infinitive with to ' or ' infinitive ' in the context of teenagers and their parents.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of behavioural verbs in the context of teenagers and their families


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

Elicit the context of the lesson by showing a picture of a difficult teenager and her mother. Students work in pairs to share ideas on the question ( Is it difficult to be a teenager? Why? Why not? ) Students then share ideas as an open class activity.

Highlighting1 (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students look at the examples given on the handout and do Close up Exercise1. Students match the sentences with the verb patterns A or B. Clarify the grammar structure on the board by eliciting.

Clarification Grammar1 (7-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

For Close up Exercise2, students work in pairs to decide on corresponding verb patterns. Elicit the correct answers. Students work in pairs to give examples.

Clarification Grammar2 (7-8 minutes) • To clarify the form and vary the examples of verbs used in the target verb patterns

Students copy the diagram on the blank part of the handout provided by the teacher. Copy it on the white board. Students work in small groups to put the verbs in the diagram and also to provide examples.

Highlighting2 (8-9 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

In Close up Exercise4, students look at the sentences and answer the CCQs asked by the teacher to elicit the meaning of the patterns ' make somebody do something ' and ' let somebody do something '. Some of the CCQs; Did I want to come home by eleven o'clock? No. Did my father force me to do this? Yes. Was I happy with that? No. Did I do it? Yes. ( When I was fourteen, my father always made me come home by eleven o'clock.) Elicit the grammar pattern by eliciting. Students answer what their parents made them and let them do when they were teenagers. Give examples to model. e.g.; When I was a teenager, my parents didn't let me go on holiday with my friends and also they made me come home by midnight. Write some of the examples given by the students on board.

Semi-Controlled Practice (6-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Students work individually to do Exercise5 and then they compare their answers in pairs. Students give feedback as pairs and teacher points out to various combinations in sentences given by students.

Free Practice (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students change partners and work in pairs / groups to make their own lists of the rules they would apply to teenagers. Monitor closely and give feedback on the language use.

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