Amarantha  Voss Amarantha Voss

Dynamic and Stative
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn the meaning of dynamic and stative verbs.


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Main Aims

  • To provide review, clarification and practice of dynamic and stative verbs in the context of many contexts using the grammar

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of many different contexts using the target language


Photos and Target Language (3-5 minutes) • Teach grammar through visuals

Put 3 pictures that convey dynamic verbs. Ask them what they're doing in the pictures. Write those verbs on the board. Explain about the differences. Dynamic can be seen. Stative cannot be seen. Dynamic can have many forms specifically continuous. Stative cannot.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through photos and using them as an example of dynamic and stative verbs.

The photos will be dynamic and the point is they can be seen unlike stative verbs. I will show the photos, ask what they're doing in the photos, explain that these are dynamic, we can add -ing, we can see them. And then write some stative verbs on the board and tell them these verbs cannot be seen, and we do not add -ing, therefore they are stative.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will give a handout with some examples of both dynamic and stative verbs that they can keep.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Review, meaning, form and pronunciation asking the students CCQs.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Activity number 1 in pairs. And then do activity number 2 with a different partner.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Concept check: I give students a handout of the song 'Yesterday' and they need to work in groups to circle the state verbs. Then we will go over the concept of state verbs.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Write 1 sentence using a state verb and 1 sentence using a state verb in pairs.

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