B Douglas Thomas B Douglas Thomas

Compound Nouns (jobs)
Upper-Intermediate level


The purpose of this lesson is to improve fluency through guided speaking and to extend lexis. The context of this lesson will be two-part occupations (e.g. disc jockey and head-hunter) and annoying situations. The Ss will be encouraged to freely discuss in pairs and then with the entire class the many annoying situations they have had. Next we will discuss occupations. Occupation titles will also include some which are specific to Turkey. It is my hope the Ss will find these translated titles from Turkish into English amusing and in so doing will feel more relaxed. If they are more relaxed they will be more receptive to the teachers who will follow me.


Abc Dry Erasers
Abc Hand-out
Abc Internet
Abc Markers
Abc Q Skills for Success
Abc White Board

Main Aims

  • Speaking: Increasing range of fluency using pair-work and elicitation in the context of compound noun occupations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To expand lexis using compound noun occupations context with pair-work and feed-back


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

I will post pictures of different occupations on the white board and lists of approximate salaries for each occupation and tell the Ss to match the salaries with the corresponding occupations. This will prepare them for the exercise in the student's book as well as afford them much needed speaking practice while hopefully having fun.

Phonological Practice (5-7 minutes) • To teach Ss correct pronunciation of target vocabulary in upcoming activity

In this activity I will display the core vocabulary for the upcoming lesson on the w/b with either the over-head projector or through the use of HOs depending on whether or not the over-head projector is working. The to be discussed is as follows: Career /kəˈrɪə/ Title /ˈtʌɪt(ə)l/ Bouncer baʊnsə/ Duties /ˈdjuːti/ Wardens wɔːd(ə)n/ Jobs dʒəʊb/ Estate ɪˈsteɪt, ɛ-/ Occupation /ɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/ Jockey /ˈdʒɒki/ Courier /kʊrɪə/ Salary /ˈsaləri/

Pre-Reading Activity (7-10 minutes) • Prepare Ss for the lexis on P-92 in book

I will inform Ss to expect a HO and in pairs they are to match and discuss the meanings of said occupations paying close attention to new words such as "wardens" , "bouncer" and :jockey". This will not only prepare them for the upcoming exercise, but should generate interest in the topic. To further encourage interest in the lesson's context, I will introduce occupation vocabulary into the lesson. Needless to say it should vocabulary, which draws upon local culture such as coffee-shaker, lokum-patter, and ice cream-massager. These titles come from the famous Turkish restaurants Hacibaba and MADO.Of course these titles are loosely translated from Turkish into English. Also it is my hope that through using these rough translations, that the Ss will laugh and in so doing become more relaxed, which after a long day at work will be a pleasant change of pace.

Lexis Activity (10-15 minutes) • To extend knowledge of compound nouns and occupational titles

The Ss will be given three minutes to read the instructions and complete exercise 1 on page 92 in the Ss book. This lesson is particularly good for them as it touches on the topic of occupations, which should be of interest to young professionals, who are probably dissatisfied with their current jobs and are probably discerning other career possibilities. Additionally, in this activity the Ss listening comprehension will be further developed as it will be necessary for the teacher to create a foundation of understanding by explaining the meaning of the new vocabulary and by encouraging discussion in an effort to better gauge Ss core understanding of planned topic.

Free practice (5-10 minutes) • To extend speaking fluency

If there is time we will discuss in detail annoying situations, which have occurred in our lives. The Ss will be encouraged to use vocabulary they have learned from previous lessons such adjectives.

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