Gizem Dolu Gizem Dolu

Can for ability
A1 level


In this lesson, students practice can and can't in the context of abilities.They will learn how to use can and can't. They will work on meaning, form and pronunciation. They will also practice listening for specific information and speaking for fluency during the lesson. As all the activities will be done in pairs and groups, they will learn collaboratively.


Abc HO (speaking)
Abc Slideshow
Abc HO (listening)
Abc The Audio R7.7
Abc HO (pictures and sentences)
Abc The audio ( 7.5)
Abc HO (words and phrases)
Abc The audio ( 7.4)
Abc HO (abilities)
Abc Cut-outs
Abc Ribbon

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of can-can't in the context of abilities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency in the context of abilities
  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about an interview between a famous tennis player and an au pair in the context of abilities


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

Check the projector and materials to be ready. Ask Ss how they feel today. Show Ss some photos of athletes. Ask Ss to discuss what they see on the photos. "Who are they?" "Which sports do you see on the photo?" Try to elicit "ability, can, olympic games"

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Show Ss the HO(abilities) and HO(words and phrases) Tell Ss that they will match words and phrases with the pictures in pairs. Monitor Ss Ask Ss to stick their HOs on the board. Ask Ss to check their answers with other students' answers. Words and phrases: Swim, cook, drive, sing, ski, play basketball, play the piano, play the guitar, speak German, ride a bike. Nominate some Ss to stick the corret words and phrases on the board. Ask Ss to check their answers. Play the audio and ask Ss to listen and practice.

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

Stick the pictures and sentences on the board. Ask Ss to get in two lines as gents and ladies. Read the sentences one by one. Ask Ss to take the sentence and put it under the correct picture. "Help! I can't swim! She can play the piano Sorry, we can't speak Chinese. They can ski very well."

Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Ask Ss to stand up and hold the ribbon. Form the groups. Show Ss the cut-outs. Tell Ss that they will make sentences by ordering the cut-outs. Each colour represents one sentence. Give Ss 4 mins. Ask Ss to check other groups' work. Stick one group's A3 size sheet on the board. Ask Ss to focus on the PPT. Explain the sentences. Ask CCQs. All CCQs will be used in the same form. "Is she good at... Is she bad at..." Show one sentence's structure. Ask Ss to show the other sentences' structures. Play the audio and ask Ss to practice. Ask Ss where the stress is on the sentences. Model and drill the sentences. Sentences I can play the guitar. You can’t cook. He can play basketball. She can’t drive. We can’t speak French. They can sing very well.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Show Ss the photo of Mrs Jones and Maria. Tell Ss: "Mrs Jones has got two children. Their names are Ella and Daniel. She is a famous tennis player and she will play tennis in the olympic games. She needs someone to help with her children. She is having an interview with Maria." Show the HO and tell Ss that they will put a tick for the things Maria can do. Play the audio. Ask Ss to check their answers in pairs. Tell Ss that they will find the answer key under their chairs.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Explain the task Show the Ss HO Tell Ss that they will form the questions by using words written on the HO in pairs. Model two questions and answers. Write your answers. "What is your name? My name is Gizem? Can you cook? No, I can't" Give Ss 5 mins then nominate different students to talk about their partners.

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