Emanuela Pellizzetti Tümer Emanuela Pellizzetti Tümer

Teaching Practice 2
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice defining and non-defining relative clauses in the frame of fashion, a topic they are already familiar with. They will have the possibility to share, compare, develop and enrich their ideas by working in pairs and having the feedback of the whole class.


Abc Relative pronouns - Exercises.
Abc Defining/Undefining relative clauses -Exercises.

Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of defining and non-defining relative clauses in the context of fashion.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking for fluency in the context of fashion by using a specific functional language.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To develop lesson context and engage students

Students will be asked to discuss for a few minutes in a group of 3/4 on the following: - what did you find funny or interesting about the conversation listened before? - what was the argument between the couples about? -do you remember the motivation they were given to each other to express their position? Only one is the rule: try not to use short sentences (it is a sort of experiment to observe them whether they can use relative clauses or not (one example will be given such as " the wife who was arguing with her husband was right because.......") As it is a warm-up they won't be pushed to use the target language if they are not confident with it until the next exercise.

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through controlled practice

Students will be given ex.1. Firstly, they will read and try to guess to which conversation the sentences are part of, secondly, fill in the blanks with a relative pronoun. First sentence will be filled up together with the teacher.

Highlighting - Focus on meaning. (5-7 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Feedback of ex.1 will be part of ex.2, in pairs students will spot the defining clauses and where the pronoun can be omitted. Whole class feedback.

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

On the whiteboard will be projected a chart in Powerpoint which aim is to highlight the grammar.(and not to waste time by handwriting) ICQS at the end of each sentence will simplify the general rule. More examples will be given if necessary.

Controlled practice (optional) (3-4 minutes) • To deepen into the functional language

Students will be given ex.4. This stage is optional, depending on the needs of the students. if they need more practice then, the stage will occur and will replace the freer practice at the end. Whole class feedback.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

As the target language will be clarified, students will move on ex.3. Individually they will complete the sentences then, they will put in pairs (the ss are going to practice with a different peer) and move on ex.4. The instruction given will be the following: read to your partner one of the halves of the sentences that you have completed and let him guess to which it can be matched. (given example if needed) Go further until ex.is completed.

Free Practice - Talk about their look! (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

If time allows, students will change their partners again and play a game. Two team will perform, team A will chose one piece of clothing that a member of the other team is wearing, team B does the same. One at a time, a person from the group A will start describing the word chosen by giving clues by using relative clauses. If they guess using only one they will get 2 score, with two clues, only one. Then team B will be until they reach 10 scores. Teacher moderates and write the scores on the board.

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