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Leisure Activities, present simple lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson, Ss will learn about question formation/asking and answering questions about leisure activities in the present simple. The lesson will be conducted as test, teach, test. Ss will begin with a matching task to test pre existing knowledge of question formation and comprehension. Ss will work in pairs in a controlled practice activity. Ss will be quickly tested on target language for leisure activities/hobbies. Ss will further practice question formation by writing questions about leisure activities using target language taught earlier. Free practice to further test Ss. Error correction.


Abc Whiteboard
Abc Vocab answer sheets
Abc Handout - wh/yes/no question forms
Abc mixed wh/yes/no question forms for demo

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of wh/yes/no question forms in the context of leisure activities/hobbies.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review of free time/hobbies vocabulary in the context of leisure activites


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

Put the students in pairs and ask them to write down 3 questions they would like to ask me. Elicit some examples from students and answer them, no more than 3 examples. Monitor the students while they are doing the activity offering any assistance and praise. For feedback get each pair to ask one of their questions. Answer them.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

• You are going to use exercise 1 on page 30. Demo the exercise by writing some mixed up examples on cards and lay out on the floor. Ask Ss to stand up and form a horseshoe. Call on individual Ss to match the different categories together. Check Ss prior knowledge of wh/yes/no question forms through a sorting activity. Ss will work in pairs to match together the different parts of the questions. Pairs will then a sheet with the answers to the questions they just formed as they will need this complete the next activity. • Monitor the students and see how good they are. • Do feedback by playing the tape.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

• Ss will then use the target language through a controlled practice session. Exercise 2 on page 30. Get the students to ask each other questions from previous activity in pairs. Demo with one student, two students and open pairs then set them off. • Monitor them when they are doing the activity and see which sentences they are not saying very well. Use these common errors you've notice to drill corrections in the feedback. • Model and drill 4 sentences that the students weren’t saying very well. The drilling procedure for each sentence is model x 3, choral x 3, groups of 3-4 x 1, and then about ½ the class individually. Drill the stronger students individually first, then the weaker ones. • Refer to the grammar spot on page 29. Only question 2. This checks the form. Ask the students to work in pairs or groups. This is only necessary if the ss are still experiencing problems with the question forms. • Monitor the students and do feedback.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Once the drilling procedure is complete, T will introduce target language for the free practice session at the end of the class. Ss will be shown pictures on the OHP and will work in pairs to match the pictures with the leisure activities on their handout. Show each picture for 15 seconds on OHP then move to the next one.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

• Get the students to do exercise 3 on page 31 where they write 3 questions about leisure activities to ask other students in the class. Ask them to stand up, find a partner, ask them 3 questions and then change partners. Demonstrate this and use CCQ's to check Ss' understanding of instructions. • Monitor the students carefully and write down any mistakes to cover in feedback. • Put students in pairs and ask them tell their partner 3 things that they can remember. Demonstrate this and check your instructions. • Get some of the students to report back to the class. • Now do error correction if necessary and praise the students.

Flexi-activity • check Ss receptive skills through listening practice
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