Izmerai Durrani Izmerai Durrani

The Younger Brother: Adjectives + Negative Prefixes
Intermediate, B1 level


This lesson continues with the same context as the previous (The Younger Brother). The reading text in that lesson provides a source for the TL in this lesson. The context in the lesson will introduce them to Adjectives. They will identify Adjectives that relate to the characters from the lesson. Ss will be given a list of Adjectives to Identify and discuss in GW. Ss will be given an activity to Fill in the Blanks using the Adjectives provided in PW. Ss will be introduced to Negative prefixes using the same context. The activities will extend Ss knowledge of Adjectives to describe personality traits, introduce Negative Prefixes and give them practice in speaking for fluency.


Abc Vocabulary Bank Personality
Abc What are they like? Ex.a - P.153
Abc Negative Prefix Photo
Abc I know, I might Know, I don't Know
Abc Personality Test (Self, Others, Really) Ex.1.b - P.104
Abc Adjectives of Personality
Abc Negative Prefixes EX.3.a - P.153
Abc What are they like? Answer Key and Audio File Ex.a - P153

Main Aims

  • To extend Ss knowledge of adjectives to describe personality traits. To introduce negative prefixes.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give practice in speaking for fluency.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

This lesson continues with the same context as the previous and the reading text in that lesson provides a source for the TL in this lesson. To get the Ss interested in the topic use Ex.a - P.11 as it is or adapt it. Focus Ss on the adjectives in Ex.a - P.11 distribute on cards. Let the Ss discuss them in PW without looking at the reading text and see if they remember whether they were used to describe Jeff or Tim. Monitor and then ask them to check the reading text before taking W/C FB. Elicit from Ss what the adjectives mean? Personalise the activity by asking Ss which adjective they would use to describe themselves and why?

Exposure and Highlighting Adjectives to describe Personality Traits (8-10 minutes) • To provide new adjective vocabulary that can be used for TL

Elicit the question “What are they like?” Hand Ss cards with the adjectives from Ex.b - P.153. Work in GW small groups to sort them into 3 categories “I know, I don’t, I might Know”. They may then compare with other groups and ask questions about the words. Hand in Ex.1.a - P.153. Ss can PW to Fill in the Blanks. They may then compare with other groups. Take FB (Playing the audio/ handing an answer key). Model and Drill and adjectives that the Ss are mispronouncing. Ask a few CCQs to check understanding.

Exposure and Highlighting Negative Prefixes to describe Personality Traits (8-10 minutes) • To provide new negative prefixes vocabulary and draw further attention to the TL

Think of ways to elicit the negative prefixes. You can use a picture (happy/ unhappy or friendly/ unfriendly). Elicit other negative prefixes they might know. Ex.3.a - P.135. You can then hand them cards with adjectives on them and ask them to work in pairs to add the negative prefixes they think are appropriate. Monitor and take notes of any mistakes. Have them compare with each other before giving FB.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the TL

Ask Ss to put away their work sheets and close their eyes then ask them to think of all the adjectives they just learnt and write down the 1st three that come to mind. They can then do Ex.1.b - P.104. You can then tell them it’s a real Personality Test (Self, Others, Really). PW Ss then tell each other what they think before taking W/C FB.

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

For the productive stage, Ss can work in small groups and use the adjective cards facing down. They can take turns picking each one and describing someone they know who has that personality trait. Make sure you give clear instructions and model the activity. Monitor and take notes of any errors take some general FB and if you have time. Do some delayed error correction at the end.

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