Timothy Sherwood Timothy Sherwood

Grammar: modals and -ing verbs
Pre-intermediate level


Identifying verb forms. Listening for specific information.


Abc Story and verb form chart
Abc Fill in the blank
Abc CD 8.6

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of modals should (n't), -ing, and infinitives in the context of cultural differences

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice listening for specific details in the context of giving and receiving presents


Warmer (5-6 minutes) • To review verb patterns

Ask students to scan the article to find the verb forms that come after the underlined verb. Are you reading? Are you looking for verb forms?

Exposure 1 (8-10 minutes) • To further practice the different verb patterns

Read the article and find the verb forms that follow these verbs in the box. Demo first one. PW

Exposure 2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide semi-controlled practice of verb forms

Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb. PW to fill out. Hand out answer key

Exposure 3 (2-3 minutes) • To set the scene for the upcoming listening exercise

Write questions on the board and have them discuss them in pairs.

Exposure 4 (5-7 minutes) • To listen for specific information about cultural differences in giving and receiving presents

Listen to this interview about presents. Put these topics in order. GW. ICQ: Are you putting these in order?

Exposure 5 (8-10 minutes) • To listen for specific information in the context of giving and receiving presents

Choose the correct word or phrase in the sentences. Check in pairs. Play again if necessary. Have students share answers with whole class as semi-controlled practice If time have them produce tell a partner something that should(n't) do in their culture.

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