Becky Van Eijk Belgrave Becky Van Eijk Belgrave

Possessive adjectives in the context of family
Beginner level


Abc Whiteboard
Abc Projector
Abc Pick the right answer handout
Abc Gap-fill hand out
Abc Family tree handout

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and justification of possessive adjectives in the context of family.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in use of possessive adjectives, in a conversation in the context of family
  • To provide review and clarification of family lexis in the context of their own family.


Warmer (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will start the class by introducing Nil on the WB. "So this is Nil. She is from Istanbul and she is 37 years old. Her brother is called Mehmet and their sister is called Lale. Together with her husband Emre, they have 2 children called Elif and Ozan. Also in the picture, you can see her father Hakan". I will read this text out word for word as I want to start using possessive adjectives from the outset so they grow accustomed to the target language of the lesson.

Pre-Teach Vocabulary (10-12 minutes) • Give them the vocabulary that they will use for the rest of the class and Pooya's class.

After introducing my family to Ss, I will give Ss a sheet with a family tree on it. There will be a word bank and blanks to fill. I will ask them in pairs to fill in the blank, working with guided discovery rather than being taught first. (Optional- since vocabulary is not my main aim I don't want to spend too much time on this stage) I will then use pyramiding to change interaction patterns as well as to mix stronger students with weaker students. I will do FB on the WB and get Ss to write the answers down on the board. I will clarify any mistakes made and do some pronunciation drilling.

Test #1 Controlled Practice 1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

To introduce the grammar, I will first do a quick very controlled assignment where Ss simply have to pick one of the two options. I use the names from family in the previous activity and warmer to continue the context and allow them to cross reference with the first sheet if necessary. By monitoring as Ss work, through this exercise I can get a better idea of how much Ss already know. We will go through the answers quickly on the WB- I will get multiple Ss at a time to circle the correct answer before orally going through them in the class. If there are any mistakes we will go through them in the next stage: clarification.

Teach (6-10 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Instead of going through any mistakes individually, I will cover the grammar section of the part and then go back to answer the wrong questions. I will use the projector to show the possessive versions of each subject. I will try and elicit from the Ss the answer, and I will use "sister" as the noun. E.g. her sister, his sister, their sister etc. Then on the same slide, I will project 2 more "pick the right answer" questions that I will go through with the class as examples. I will use a green market for the subject and red for the possessive. In the example sentences I will mark in green the subjects e.g. Nil and Lale, elicit what subject that is from Ss (they) and use the red to elicit the possessive adjective to accompany (their).

Test #2 (6-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

This activity will be slightly freer, where now that they know, or have been taught the grammar, they can now produce the grammar themselves instead of pick out of 2. This activity is a gap fill. They can do it in pairs and I will monitor them to see if there are any recurring problems and to regroup pairs if I notice some imbalances in class. Feedback: I will just project the answers on the WB. If there are any problems they can be clarified with the whole class and I will elicit the answer from another S instead of answering it myself.

Free practice (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

I will give Ss the opportunity to talk about their family, trying to make them use possessive adjectives. I will ask Ss to write down a list of their family members. Then I will demo talking about one of my family members. I will then project some questions and quickly run through them with the class to give them ideas as to what to ask each other about each others family. I will monitor and take note of sentences to correct as a class for the last FB.

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