David Vella-Zarb David Vella-Zarb

Teaching Practice 4
Elementary level


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Main Aims

  • To teach vocabulary related to likes and dislikes using the context of likes and dislikes.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking in the contexts of likes and dislikes.


Vocabulary 1 (8-10 minutes) • To teach vocabulary related to likes and dislikes

Students will be divided into groups and will match cards to pictures on the wall related to likes and dislikes. They will then be divided into pairs and will be given a handout where they mark the stress on words - instructions for this will be demoed using two examples: one for a single word and one for a phrase (in order to show them that the stress in phrases is only placed on one word in the phrase and not on every word). Answers will be written on the WB and pronunciation will be drilled.

Vocabulary 2 (15-20 minutes) • To teach vocabulary related to the degree to which one likes or dislikes something

With the help of hand gestures and the whiteboard, teacher will try to instill the idea of a scale in students (for example by showing that "love" is stronger than "like"). Pairs will then be given cards with these kind of words which they will place in order. They will then check by walking around the class seeing what other pairs did, and then the teacher will then ask for answers and place larger versions of these cards on the wall in order for students to use as reference later. Students will then individually work a fill-in-the-gaps exercise and pair check before feedback is given. Pronunciation of the sentences in the exercise will be drilled.

Grammar (8-10 minutes) • To teach students to use the gerund form of verbs when talking about likes and dislikes

I will write "I love ____", "I like ____" and "I don't like ____" on the WB. I will then read them out loud, replacing the gaps with verbs and using hand gestures for the words "love", "like" and "dislike". Students will then be asked "Is it travel or travelling?", "Is it read or reading?" (for example) and so on. I will then try to elicit what's common between the verbs, and underline the "-ing" on the board. Students will individually work a handout with a fill-in-the-gaps exercise to reinforce the concept, they will pair check and answers will be written on the WB.

Freer practice (14-15 minutes) • To provide students with freer practice of the target language while speaking

Tables will be arranged in a straight line, with desks on either side. Teacher will try to elicit a couple of phrases such as "Me too" and "Do you..." which can be used in the exercise, and write them on the board for reference. Students will talk to their partner and list likes in common, then repeat with another partner and so on for a number of times. Instructions for the exercise will be demo'd carefully and in bits, with me playing the game once with a student, pointing to phrases on the board. Teacher will then try to find the pair with the most likes in common.

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