Jennifer McCready Jennifer McCready

Likes and dislikes
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will revise previously learned vocabulary and be exposed to some new verb phrases relating to everyday or free time activities. These activities will form the basis of a grammar lesson where students will practice expressing likes and dislikes.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for expressing likes and dislikes in the context of everyday activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review and practice of everyday or free time activities
  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a finding out the likes and dislikes of other classmates.


Lead in • To generate interest in the topic of the lesson.

T asks ss "What do you do in your free time?". In pairs, ss discuss the answer. Content feedback - find out some of the students' favourite activities.

Present Vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • To focus ss on the specific verb phrases to be studied during the lesson.

T will show pictures of the activities and elicit the phrases from the class.

Language clarification (1) • To focus on meaning, form and pronunciation of target vocabulary items

Since meaning is clear from the pictures, T will drill the phrases for pronunciation practice and provide ss with a written model of the form.

Controlled Practice (1) • To provide controlled practice of the vocabulary items learned in the previous stage

Jumbled phrases - T will provide ss with some of the phrases which have been jumbled up. Ss in 2 teams will try to figure out the correct word order and rush up to write them on the board. The first team with a list of correct phrases is the winner.

Present target language (2) • To introduce students to the grammatical structure "like/don´t like + verb+ing" (gerund)

Refer ss back to the list of vocabulary items. T demonstrates activity by putting columns on the board with " I love/ I like/ I don´t like/ I hate" at the top, and putting the pictures into the relevant column. T elicits marker sentences from students. Eg. "I love singing karaoke".

Language clarification (2) • To deal with aspects of meaning, form and pronunciation of the target grammar structure "like/dislike + ing."

T draws ss' attention to aspects of form and pronunciation, using coloured pens to highlight the effect of two verbs occurring in the same sentence (ie. the second one changes form and becomes a noun.)

Controlled Practice • To provide controlled practice of the target structure.

Using the activity from the teacher´s book, the T will distribute the cards among the students. Ss will have to write a word into the gap to make the sentence true for them. For instance, "I love eating hamburgers." When all ss have filled in the gap in their sentence card, they will mime their activity in front of the class, taking into account whether the activity is liked or disliked. Teacher will demonstrate first using the example mentioned (I love eating hamburgers).

Freer Practice • To provide ss with spoken practice of the target language using student-generated prompts.

T demos and provides a model on the board for ss to work from. "Do you like eating hamburgers?" with some model answers. "Yes! I love it! / No! I hate it! and the prompt "Why?" to provide further discussion if possible. Each student will write three questions following the model. When they have done this, they will practice asking and answering the questions with their partner.

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