Michael R. Decker Michael R. Decker

TP3 - Adjectives and Nouns
Elementary A1/A2 level


In this lesson, SS will learn about nouns and adjectives in context and engage in both controlled and freer practice in the forms by combining adjectives with everyday objects, listening for detail, and less limited speaking in pairs.


Abc Noun and Adjective Boxes
Abc Blank sticky notes
Abc Realia

Main Aims

  • To practice adjectives in the context of describing places and things.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice listening for detail.


Opener (5-10 minutes) • To set context

Prior to class, T will give each pair a set of jumbled noun and adjective cards. SS will take a quiz in closed pairs on American culture via the PPT. SS will be give noun and adjective cards and combine them. When SS think they have the correct answer, they will hold up the noun and adjective pair (in the correct order). After each question, T will drill pronunciation. Prior to beginning activity, T (who will have a set of cards) will demo the activity.

Form Check (10-15 minutes) • To learn/revise nouns and adjectives

T will hold up several noun cards and elicit the word "noun" (TT: What are these? Are they verbs? etc) T will do the same with adjective cards and elicit the word "adjective" T will load next slide and ask SS (in closed pairs) to sort cards into piles - Nouns on the left, Adjectives on the right. ICQ: "Do we put nouns on the right?" After sorting cards, T will hold up an adjective card and ask SS to point to something that corresponds to it, then drill pronunciation. E.g.: TT (holding up the "American" card) - "Point to something that is American" (elicit them pointing to me!) "Do we say A'merican (o O o) or ╩╣American (O o o)?" Repeat with the other adjectives. Following the drill, SS will each take one of the cards, say the word, and say whether it is a noun or adjective. SS will then ball up the card and throw it into the "Noun" box or the "Adjective" box. This will be done once individually, then three times all at once.

Grammar Presentation (5-10 minutes) • To learn/revise nouns and adjectives

T will hold up a large plate and elicit the word 'plate' followed by 'big (or large) plate.' TT: "Is it a big plate or a plate big." (Elicit "a big plate" and drill with fingers) T will hold up two large plates and elicit "big plates." TT: "Are they big plates or bigs plates?" (Elicit "big plates" and drill with fingers). Write both forms on board and drill again Repeat with other realia.

Controlled Practice 1 (5-10 minutes) • To practice adjective and noun pairing in the context of describing objects

T will show pictures on PPT, elicit the name of the object, and write it on the board. In closed pairs, SS will write an adjective on sticky paper and come to the board and stick the adjective in front of the noun. T will demonstrate the first one with entire class before starting the activity at full pace.

Controlled Practice 2 - Listening for Details (5-10 minutes) • To practice adjective and noun pairs by listening to and writing sentences

T will handout forms and play the audio taepscript (via PPT). SS will listen and write the sentences that they hear. T will pause the audio for five seconds between sentences and demonstrate the first one with the class. After the first play through, SS will swap papers with their partners and listen again, correcting and filling in the missing sentences. After the second play through, SS will find the key under their desks and check their partners' work.

Freer practice (5-10 minutes) • To practice adjective and noun pairs in the context of describing personal objects

T will have each S take three things from their bag or pockets and place them on their desk. T will show model on PPT: "What's that?" "It's a blue phone." "What are they?" "They're black pens." T will demo with one strong student followed by one weak student. SS will work in closed pairs and take turns asking and answering questions using the model and their own realia for 3 minutes. After the time is up, SS will switch partners and repeat the activity (as time permits).

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