Abdessamad Hammami Abdessamad Hammami

Words that go together
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will be able to identify and practise verb + noun collocations, prepositions and compound nouns based on vocabulary exercises and four short listening texts. The lesson starts with a class discussion about their daily routine. This is followed by listening to four short texts. Finally, there is a production stage via a mingle activity.


Abc Handout
Abc Whiteboard
Abc flashcards / word cards
Abc audio material
Abc student's book Headway elementary
Abc realia

Main Aims

  • Students will be able to learn and practise collocations, prepositions and compound nouns

Subsidiary Aims

  • Ss will be able to listen for specific information


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

T greets Ss and introduce himsel. T asks, "What time did you get up this morning? / Do you usually get up at ...?" (On Sundays, I ..." T drills "At six thirty in the morning." / T shows a toothbrush asks, "What did you do?" T drills, "I brush my teeth every morning" T asks, "What do you usually have for breakfast?" T elicits, 'orange juice'

Language focus 1 (8-10 minutes) • To learn and practice verb + noun collocations

T divides the class into three groups, distributes envelopes. Enclosed there is a number of flashcards and word cards; then he explains the task, models an example, and asks, "Match the pictures to the words." (a game-like activity) Then, in open pairs Ss practice a few examples in in Ex. 1; then in closed pairs they do the rest.

Controlled Practice: Language 2 (8-10 minutes) • to practise prepositions

-T reads the example sentence in class. T elicits a similar another example. T drils the example. -Tasks, "Do the rest of sentences individually. / Now check your answers with your partner." - Whole Class feedback -T models the example in Ex. 3. and draws their attention to the stress pattern (О ο) and the form (noun + noun) -T drills it -Ss do the task individuall -Listen and check -A guessing game: T sets two teams. A S comes over to the board, sits with his back to the board, T writes a compound noun, Ss give a definition and the S tries to guess. The winning team gets a prize.

Listening (8-10 minutes) • To practice listening for specific information

T explains the instruction Ex. 5, plays the CD Ss answer idividually Ss check answers in pairs Feedback T hands Ss the script. Ss practice in pairs.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- T asks all students to stand up. - T hands each one a word card with part of a collocation that’s split up. - T asks students to find the person with the word that collocates with their own word. - Once students have found their partner, T tells them to come up with two sentences together that use the collocation. - Have students share their sentences with the classmates.

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