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Incredibly short stories, adverb and adverbial phrases
Upper-intermediate, B2 level


In this lesson students learn the adverbial phrases in the context of short stories. The lesson starts with four short stories which are the context to teach adverbial phrases. Then controlled practice, and less-controlled activities are done. Later, it leads the students to having a speaking activity to get them to use the adverbial phrases.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of adverbial phrases in the context of short stories

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of new vocabulary items in the context of short stories


Warmer/Lead-in (1-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students are going to talk about what the web site is about and by thelp of their partners they are going to guess which titles are related to which pictures.

Exposure (2-4 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Before guessing the titles, learners do a maching activity in order to learn the new vocabulary items and the blocking words are going to be removed in that way. Learners are going to read the text next, and check which story is related to the four pictures.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Then learners are asked to find the highlighted words in the text in pairs and see what type of adverb they are related to.

Clarification (3-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Then the meaning will be checked through asking some concept checking questions to check whether they have learned they adverbial phrases.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Learners go around the class and read some sentences and change the place of adverbs in a sentence. In the next activity they will identify the adverbs first and by the help of a partner they would decide what kind of adverb they are.

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

Learners underline the adverbs and adverbial phrases and then correct the sentences where the order is wrong. Then feedback will be done to make sure whether they have done it correctly or not.

Post-reading activity (Speaking activity) (10-14 minutes) • To help learners use the adverbs

Learners are going to put the pictures of a story in order in two parts. Then they would check the answers.Also, they would tell the story to their partners and the errors will be corrected later by the teacher.

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