Bethan Bethan

Intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn collocations with make and do and practice using them in the context of celebrations.


Main Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about traditions in the context of Chinese New Year

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide controlled practice of the verbs make and do in the context of preparation for a celebration
  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation about preparations for a celebration


Warmer/Lead-in (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Play youtube video of Chinese New Year festival and music. Role play putting up decorations and sweeping the bad luck out. Ask students if they know what celebration it is. Where am I? China What am I doing? preparing, cleaning, doing housework. What am I preparing for? Chinese New Year

Pre-Listening (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

In a moment your going to listen to an interview about Chinese New Year. What do you know about Chinese New Year? How do you think people celebrate? (fireworks, special food, party, visit family...) Now look at these statements. HO1. Which ones do you think are true and which are false?

While-Listening (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with specific information listening task

Listen to the interview with Hua and check your ideas. Correct the statements that are false. Ask if they want to hear it again. Take WC feedback. Write corrected false statements on WB.

Vocabulary Exercises (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with controlled practice of the target language

VOC ex1 HO1 SOLO. (may need to replay the Track) VOC ex 2 HO1 Feedback on WB students present answers and Peercheck (powerpoint) Find someone who always makes New Years resolutions. (if there's time) model and drill resolutions if necessary. / ˌrezəˈluːʃn̩z /

Controlled Practice (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with controlled practice of the target language

Lucky dip. Ss pick out noun from a bag. In pairs decide whether it collocates with do or make. Place in corresponding box on WB. Peer check and self correct. Identify problematic words in terms of meaning and/or pronunciation. Use CCQ's to clarify meaning. Drill pronunciation + display phonemic script. Can Ss spot any rules for using do/make? Can they group any of the words together in each group. Try to elicit with CCQ's. If not explain that generally we use do to talk about activities or jobs, like housework. We use make to talk about producing/creating something.

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

Think of 3 or 4 things you have to make or do to prepare for Bayram. Model on WB. (cake, shopping) Ss can use language from the board (VOC ex) or other things they know. Write a sentence for each one. (I always make a cake, I have to do some shopping) Introduce my mum (photo), we are very close she always calls me at Bayram. Role play telephone conversation. Imagine you get a phone call when your busy making preparations for Bayram. In pairs use your sentences to talk about what you have to make or do. If there's time Ss perform dialogues. If the class is large this could be in 2 groups. If time is short skip performances to give some feedback on common mistakes made in speaking stage.

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