Lisa Helfrich Lisa Helfrich

Lives and Legends II - Part 1
Intermediate level


In this lesson students explore ways to discuss interpersonal relationships, within the context of speaking about their own families and reading a fictional account of another's.


Abc Vocab handout 1
Abc Pictures of teacher's family & friends

Main Aims

  • Students will learn and review words and idioms which will help them to talk about the relationships in their lives; and understand when reading about or listening to others' experiences.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will practice writing during an exercise where they write about their family; and they will practice speaking and writing with their fellow students.


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

WRITE down name. SAY let's play a game. Choose strong student as volunteer. Put vol. in chair with back to board. Explain to WC that I'm going to write a word on the board but vol. won't know what it is. The rest of the class has to get him/her to guess. Give example with the word "boyfriend." (You can't use boy or friend but you might say - ? ELICIT words.) Before writing word ask vol. if he/she's allowed to look at it. ELICIT no. WRITE relationship.

Test #1 (5-8 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

PROJECT handout. ELICIT word relationship. INSTRUCT: You will work in pairs to talk about the difference between these types of relationships. Model first one. Give students a couple minutes to discuss in pairs. Talk about it when they're done - look for vols. to answer questions.

Teach (5-7 minutes) • To put idiomatic family relationship language in context

PROJECT photos from my life. Use TL (relationship idioms) to describe relationships.

Test #2 (5-7 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language

PROJECT handout 2. INSTRUCT you're going to work in pairs match the bold word with the definition. Model first one. Pass out handout. ASK for answers. Correct errors, check for meaning as they come up.

Prepare for free practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide model for next activity

SAY We can use these expressions to talk about our relationships. MODEL: He loved his first daughter. She was the apple of his eye. ELICIT more examples; write them on whiteboard.

Free practice (8-10 minutes) • To give students practice writing about their own relationships using what they've learned

We are going to write about our own families and friends or work colleagues. Using these idioms (INDICATE ON HO), use your paper to write 4 sentences about your own family. INSTRUCT Work alone on this. Give them several minutes. Ask them to share their stories with their peers.

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