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Brothers and Sisters
Beginner level


In this lesson, students learn about family vocabulary by listening to different monologues. They are first exposed to the vocabulary through a listening practice. They then complete two controlled-practice exercises using these new words. This is followed by another listening activity talking about family, and answering questions about it. Afterwards, they are introduced to possessive pronouns, and they do some controlled exercises on pronouns. They complete the lesson with a free speaking activity using the possessive pronouns to describe their own family members.


Abc face2face Elementary Student's Book
Abc The Simpsons family tree

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, specific information, detailed and deduction listening practice using a text about family in the context of brothers and sister

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of family


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher will show students a picture of the Simpsons' family tree. She will go over the names of the characters(as some of these names can seem strange and/or difficult to pronounce for the students) and ask a few questions: -Who is Homer to Lisa? Homer is Lisa's father. (ICQ: Is he her brother/ husband? No) -Who is Lisa to Homer? Lisa is Homer's daughter. (Is she his wife, grandchild? No) Teacher then gives the students an exercise to match the names with the family words. FB and error correction on WB

Pre-Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Teacher will give students the photo of the Cooper family without the text and ask them ''Who do you think is the woman?'' ''Who do you think is the man?'' ''Who do you think is the girl?'' and ''Who do you think is the boy?'' Discuss with your partners

While /Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging specific information reading/listening tasks

Teacher will get the students listen to the monologues once, and write down the ''names'' they will hear in the speech bubbles. Check with partners. FB Then the teacher gives them the photo with the text, students listen once again and do the controlled exercise 3. Check with partner. Fb and error correction The students will then listen to and practice sentences in exercise 3 Model and drill Exercise 6. FB and error correction

While Listening #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

Teacher will show the students the photos of Mary and Sid and ask the students who they think they are. Then exercise 8a and b in pairs. FB and error correction.

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The teacher asks the students to write the names of people in their own family. They work with a partner and ask questions to their partners about their family members. (Eg: How old is your brother? What's the job of your father? Is she married? etc). They will then tell another partner what they have learned about their first partner's family

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