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Elementary, 3b level


In this lesson, the students will learn about some adjectives including their opposites in the context of birthdays. There will be examples of adjectives and these examples will be dirlled for practicing the pronunciation.


Abc Matching Handout
Abc Pictures
Abc Projector
Abc Hand-out 2

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of some adjectives with their opposites

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a short story by using adjectives


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

The teacher shows a picture of herself with her mother and grandmother projected on the board to highlight the context in accordance with the course book. Ask the ideas of students about the people in the picture. They can guess who these people are. Ask them about the ages of these people. Ask if they look happy or sad. Are they smiling? Then show two pictures from the course book and tell them to talk about these pictures by answering the questions on the board. Then let some of them share their ideas.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

By showing pictures for the adjectives given in the coursebook, ask students related questions about the pictures and try to elicit the correct adjectives and their opposites. Happy X Unhappy (Is she smiling? / Is she angry?) Poor X Rich (Does he have money?) Hot X Cold (Does he wear a shirt? Is there sun? / Is there snow?) Friendly X Unfriendly (Do they look nice? smiling? / What about the other dog? Barking? The other person? Shouting? Look nice?) Noisy X Quiet (Is he shouting too much? Is there too much noise? / Is he sleeping? Is there noise?) Short X Tall (Can she take it?) Boring X Interesting (Are they sleeping? Do they enjoy? / Is she telling something funny?) Well X Ill (Is she sneezing? Is she cold? / Does she look healthy and good?) Clean X Dirty (Is there mud on the car? Will it be washed?) Intelligent X Stupid (Who is he? Does he know many things? / Does he look funny?) Crowded X Empty (Are there many people?) Do the matching exercise 2a from the course book in pairs and check the answers with whole class. Drill for pronunciation for the adjectives that the students have difficulty in pronouncing.

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Do the exercise 1b from the workbook and tell the students to check their answers in pairs. After checking the answers with whole class, tell them to choose two or three of them and make/write sentences about their friends in the class. For example; Seda is a happy person and she lives in a cold country. Ozgur is an interesting man, he drinks tea in a friendly cafe and he looks well. Meral has a quiet cafe in a noisy city and she looks happy. Then call some of them to share what they have created. There will be cards of the pictures from the course book (page 134) in one side of the board and the cards of adjectives with their opposites in the other side of the board. Whole class will come to the board. While some of them are cheking the pictures, the others will be checking the adjectives. They will try to match them to each other by sticking them on the whiteboard.

Semi-controlled Practice (11-13 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Mingle the class and divide into 2 and 3 groups of students. Tell them that each group will receive a picture and they will talk about the pictures using the adjectives learnt so far. Do an example with the first two pictures from the course book shown in the beginning of the class. For the first picture: It is a small birthday party and it is not very noisy, they all look happy. Margaret looks friendly. For the second picture: It is a big birthday party and it is crowded and noisy. They look happy.

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

Tell students choose one picture and write a short story about it. Tell them to imagine something, what happened before? why is he unhappy? What are the girls talking? What are the people doing at the market? After they complete, some of them read their stories and the others try to guess which picture is narrated.

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