Azra Bosnjak Azra Bosnjak

Upper Intermediate level


In this session, the Ss will practice reporting verbs in the context of reporting crimes


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of pronuncitation of reporting verbs in the context of reporting crimes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of reporting verbs in the context of reporting crimes


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

Remind ss what they talked about in the previous session. Get them to remember reporting verbs they covered in the previous session.

Pronunciation (10-10 minutes) • Practice pronunciation of reported verbs

TT tells ss to work in pairs. They are supposed to look at the two-syllable reporting verbs in the list. All of them except four are stressed on the second syllable. Circle the four exceptions. Demo the exercise so ss will know what to do. When they finish, put them in groups and let them check their answers. Ask ss for feedback. Stress the four exceptions - offer, order, promise and threaten. Highlight the difference between the /s/ sound in convince, persuade, promise, and suggest, and the /z/ sound in accuse, advise, and refuse.

Clarification (5-5 minutes) • Clarify the spelling of lexis

Ask ss what is the past tense of these verbs - regret > regretted, admit > admitted; offer > offered, threaten > threatened. Write them on the wb. Ask ss if they notice the difference in spelling. Explain that if a two-syllable verb ends in consonant, vowel, consonant, and is stressed on the second syllable, the final consonant is doubled before an -ed ending.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • Practice TL

Tell ss to do the exercise. They are supposed to complete sentences with the correct reporting verb in past tense. Work in pairs. Check answers in groups. Give them answer key.

Pre-teach (5-5 minutes) • Clarification of vocabulary before practice

TT pre-teaches vocabulary for semi-controlled practice Arrested - Show ss a photo of a man that has been arrested. Elicit the word arrested. CCQ: Do you know someone that is arrested? Model sentence - He was arrested for stealing money. Drill. Prison - a place where the police take criminals. Show ss a photo of prison. Model sentence - He was in prison for 12 years. Drill. Police cell - a room where prisoners go; part of the prison. Show to the ss a photo of cell in prison. Model sentence: He shared a cell with two other criminals. Drill. Digging - a photo of two men digging. Ask Ss what criminals usually dig. Model sentence: The prisoners were digging a tunnel. Drill

Semi-controlled (12-13 minutes) • Provide further practice of target language

Explain Ss that they are a criminal group that tried to rob a bank, but the police arrested them. They are at the police station and the police are supposed to interview them. Each student gets one card where it says what are they going to talk about. Walk around the room and talk about what's on your card. The Ss must start a sentence with the words in the bubble. Remind them to remember what each ss said. Demo the activity. While the ss do the activity tt writes on the WB: persuade, accuse, threat, suggest, offer, deny, confess, suspect, insist, order, congratulate, assure. When they finish the conversation, ss work in pairs and tell each other what others told them using reporting verbs on the wb. Discuss answers with the whole class.

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