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Forming adjectives- Prefixes/Suffixes
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss learn about the Suffixes and prefixes that form adjectives. The lesson starts with a class discussion about a website called "". It is followed by a reading text where Ss learn some new adjectives with suffix and prefix. After some explanations and answering some questions, the Ss go through a controlled exercise which includes more adjectives with suffix and prefix. To have a freer practice, there will be a speaking activity to discuss about adjectives describing characteristics. Finally, a new voc. is being taught, explained and practiced by answering 2 questions.


Abc New Cutting Edge Up-Intermediate Course Book- Mod. 2, page 22, 23
Abc New Cutting Edge Up-Intermediate Work Book, Mod. 2, p 15, 16, ex. 5/6/7/8
Abc Language Summaries

Main Aims

  • Forming adjectives- Prefixes/ Suffixes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Real Life voc.


Lead In (3-5 minutes) • To engage the Ss into the topic and introduce it to them.

Write "" on the board and ask what they think this is. Elicit answers and ask if they think such websites are useful. very quickly get Ss to read the text and ask what they think the blanked word is. Elicit the answer " Smile".

Presentation (12-15 minutes) • To provide enough explanations for Prefixes and Suffixes for adjectives

Read through the explanations before eliciting the answers to the questions. Ask Ss to find Powerful and Valuable in the text and underline each suffix. Read explanation in 1a. Ask Ss to underline any suffixes of the other adjectives. Tell them not all adjectives have suffixes. Check answers as a class. Ask Ss to read the explanations in 1b and put them in pairs to answer the 2 questions. Check the answers with the class. Ask the Ss to find Unhappy and Discouraged in the text. Ask them to read the explanation and find another such prefix in the text. Check answers as a class. Change pairs if possible to think of at least 3 other such prefixes.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • Complete the adjectives with correct prefix or suffix from the box

Put Ss in pairs and give them time to complete the adjectives in bold in ex. 1 page 22. Encourage them to guess the meaning of the voc. from the context. Check answers as a class. You can get the Ss to write the answers on the board or you can ask them to spell the word.

Freer Practice - Speaking (10-15 minutes) • To have a PW discussing about characteristics, using the new voc.

Put Ss in pairs and give them time to discuss what characteristic they most admire or find annoying. Ex. 2b. Encourage them to agree/ disagree, and to give reasons for their choices.

Vocabulary (3-5 minutes) • To introduce a real life voc.

Check that Ss understand the word Sympathetic. They often confuse it with " generally nice or kind". Explain if necessary. Put Ss in pairs and ask them to discuss the questions. Monitor and help. Put Ss in pairs and ask them to do ex. 3a. Monitor and help. Hand out the answers and get them to check their answers. They may find some of them surprising, so explain if necessary.

Feedback (5-10 minutes) • To provide Ss with extra exercises on Suffixes and Prefixes in adjectives

Get Ss to do ex. 6/7/8 from WB on page 15/16. Monitor and check answers.

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