Larry Klein Larry Klein

Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students review and practice the use of auxiliary verbs in tag and reply questions.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of reply and tag questions in the context of paranormal happenings.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in speaking for fluency.


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Model sentences will be written on the WB before class and real world (i.e. student and teacher facts or fictions) will be used to set context.

Test #1 (3-4 minutes) • To evaluate students' prior knowledge of the target language without teaching it first

The Ss will complete a gap fill exercise followed by a brief listening to check their answers (exercises 3 a-b (listening only)).

Teach (9-11 minutes) • To review and enhance the Ss understanding of the meaning, form, and pronunciation (MFP) of the target language (TL).

In pairs (PW), Ss will decide the different functions of auxiliary verbs and then listen to a brief dialogue to understand stressed and unstressed auxiliary verbs. T will then reinforce the main points of stress and intonation (exercises 3 b, 4 a-b). The T will ask 3-4 CCQ's to check Ss understanding.

Test #2 (11-12 minutes) • To give Ss controlled practice in using the TL

Ss complete sentences relating to their own lives. In pairs (PW), one S will read their sentences and the other S will respond with a reply question and say whether they are the same or different. Ss will then switch roles (exercises 4 c-d). T will monitor the Ss during this exercise. Ss will also listen to a short dialogue and repeat in pairs (exercises 4 e-f).

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language and to integrate some productive skills work (speaking).

Ss will complete sentences about themselves in two different groups and then pair up to practice the TL. This is a game as the Ss will pretend they are Psychics (exercise 4 g).

Time Allowing (2-2 minutes) • Further Speaking Fluency Practice

Ss will change pairing and ask questions and respond in turn using the TL.

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