Rachel Garbers Rachel Garbers

Vocabulary and the meaning of "take" in different contexts
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will discuss the different meanings of the word 'take' as it is used in different contexts and phrases. For example : "to take after"; "to take a holiday"; "to take turns" etc. Students will be given speaking opportunity to practice using the word 'take' when answering interview questions about their personal lives.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of the change in meaning and function of the verb 'take' when it is used in different contexts and phrases.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of holiday, family and education lexis in the context of the personal lives of students


Test #1 - phrases with 'take' (3-5 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Students are given a HO with four phrases in which the word 'take' has a different function and meaning. Teacher says : " Can you remember what these phrases mean?" "With your partner discuss what each of these phrases mean". Students then elicit the correct meaning for each phrase among themselves. Teacher moves between the pairs to listen if they come up with the correct response.

Teach - other phrases with 'take' (10-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

T gives Ss HO with different 'take' phrases. T instructs Ss: " See if the phrase in column A matches column B. If yes then tick (demonstrate on the board), if not then explain the difference.Let's do the first one together. Does 'take after' mean the same as 'look or behave like'?" Ss then elicit response. T asks first ICQ: "Do I tick?" Ss respond : "Yes". T asks second ICQ : "If they are not the same, do I tick?" Ss respond: "No" Ss complete the exercise individually and then give peer-to-peer feedback. T provides answer key.

Test #2 - matching (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

T divides Ss into new groups of 3 .T gives each group cut out strips of 'take' phrases. Each group then has to stick their phrases under the correct heading on the board. T instructs Ss as follows: "Just like the example on the board, you must stick all your phrases on the correct spot on the board:"

Free practice - Interview Role Play (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss are divided into new pairs. T gives HO with interview script to each student. Ss then take turns asking each other personalised questions and eliciting appropriate responses T instructs: "Work in pairs and take turns interviewing each other". T moves between students to listen to their questions and responses.

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