April April

Legal Vocabulary: People in the court and The Courtroom
Upper Intermediate/Advanced level


In this lesson, student will discuss his/her opinions about his/her profession and field. He/she will learn and/or review vocabulary related to the legal system.


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Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of courtroom vocabulary

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a descriptive activity in the context of the courtroom.


Warmer/Lead-in (10-12 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students; to assess language level

Introductions Handout 1: ask the student some of the questions from this handout. Discuss the first question and then 1 - 3 of the questions on the page. Listen carefully to the student's grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Handout 2 is folded in half so that the student can only see the picture of the courtroom. Ask the student to orally name as many of the people in the courtroom as she can. Once she has named as many items as possible, unfold the handout to check answers. Discuss if these positions are all the same in Canadian/Quebecois courtrooms.

Highlighting (10-15 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Handout 3: Have the student match the 11 vocabulary items to their definitions. Then turn to handout 4A to check answers. Orally, have the student fill in the blanks on Handout 4B. Discuss the additional vocabulary.

Clarification (5-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Return to handout 2. Say the vocabulary words. Have the student repeat the word, and point to the corresponding item in the picture. If the student has had any difficulty pronouncing the vocabulary words, say each word and have the student repeat.

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

Give the student handout 5A, and keep handout 5B. Explain that you each have a picture of a courtroom scene, but that they are different. The student must discover the similarities and differences between the two pictures by asking questions. Example: Does your picture have a judge? ... Is your judge a man or a woman? etc.

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

Tell a story: Talk about the pictures. Who are the people? What happened? What might the outcome be? Homework: Handout 6 - translate legal vocabulary

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