Lisa Helfrich Lisa Helfrich

What's important to you? Part 1
Elementary level


In this lesson students learn about adjectives and opposites and how to use them in sentences, in the context of describing personal possessions.


Abc People and possessions handout
Abc People and possessions handout II
Abc Pictures: adjectives and opposites

Main Aims

  • To introduce & extend the Ss' knowledge of basic adjectives, their opposites, and how to use them in sentences through the context of describing personal possessions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in reading for specific information.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Use pictures pairs to elicit the adjectives which describe them. Make sure Ss know which word goes with with picture. Drill. Elicit that the words are adjectives and opposites.

Checking learning (3-7 minutes) • Focus on meaning

Give Ss the picture handouts and "Tick the Adjectives you know" handout. In pairs/small groups Ss match the words with the pictures as opposites. Check w/c and drill where appropriate.

Focus on form (15-20 minutes) • Focus on word order

a) In pairs/small groups do workbook ex. 2 ("Adjectives with very" starting with "This is a very nice bag"). Feedback: deal with any questions and focus on word order. b) Check Ss know what "before," "after," and "plural" mean. c) Ss in pairs/small groups do student book ex. 2 ("Adjectives with very" starting with "She's old"). d) Do w/c feedback. e) Student book ex. 3 ("Make sentences with these words"). Ss work in pairs to order the exercises. Feedback.

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • Reading for general information

Show the Ss the pictures of Sally & Bill. a) Elicit some things they can see in the picture. b) Ask Ss to guess what things are important to each person. c) Ss read the text and see if their ideas were correct. d) Ss peer-check; then w/c FB.

Second reading task (8-10 minutes) • Reading for detail

Give Ss ex. 4B & get them to read again& say if the sentences are true or false. Ss check in pairs, then take w/c FB. Ger Ss to correct false sentences.

Free Practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Have 1/2 Ss (the guessers) cover eyes. Write an adjective on the board and ask other 1/2 of Ss to describe it to guessers by saying "It's the opposite of. . . . "

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