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TP5 - Collocations (give)
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson, students will increase their vocabulary and understanding of collocations of the verb "to give". They will also practice their speaking skills in the context of collocations. The aim of this lesson is to teach students to use a variety of language when speaking and writing.


Abc Transcript from coursebook
Abc White board and markers

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of collocations of the verb "to give" in the context of charity.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in using collocations in the context of giving.


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

I recall the listening task they had in Jenny's class last week by asking a few questions about it. "Who was the conversation between?" "What were they talking about?" "Was the topic about charity?" "Does charity generally mean giving or taking?" I ask students whether they know what collocations are. I explain that collocations are a combination of verbs, nouns, adjectives etc. to form a new meaning. I give an example of : "do your homework" versus " make your homework". Then I emphasis the verb 'to give' and write it on the WB. A small discussion should follow on the kinds of collocations of the verb to give e.g "give up" = verb + adverb, "give support" = verb + noun, "Give or take" "Teacher gives instructions "

Exposure and highlighting (8-10 minutes) • To provide context and draw student's attention to the target language through the text.

I give clear instructions that I want students to read a transcript of the text they had listened to last week and underline the collocations of the verb GIVE and its accompanying object. CCQ : recall the collocation "give up", How many words does it consist of? It consists of the verb "give" and the adverb "up". Underline both words. I demonstrate with the first example "giving Moira a hand", where the verb "giving" is associated with Moira and the word a hand. I explain what is meant by this collocation - i.e. helping a person out. Then I give them the transcript and I tell them they have 3 minutes to do this individually. ICQ: "Will you underline the verb can or give?" "How many minutes do you have?" When they are finished, I tell them to work in pairs and explain to they partners what they think the collocations they've underlined mean. They have 1 minute to do this.

Clarification and discussing the collocations (5-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

I ask one student from each pair to tell me what they have underlined and what they think its meaning is and I write it on the WB. If they are not correct or clear of the meaning, I correct and explain each one providing the correct context.

Controlled practice and more collocations (3-5 minutes) • To introduce more collocations and explain their meaning

Students are told to work on exercise Nr. 2 and choose the best words to complete the sentences. They can work in pairs. I give them 3 minutes to do this and then we go over all the collocations together. For each collocation, first I try elicit the meanings form the students and if I see that they didnt understand then I try to explain why one is used and not the other in the exercise sentences.

Speaking practice (8-10 minutes) • To practice speaking about the collocations and their use.

Students are told to work in pairs and discuss among each other whether the sentences in the previous exercise are true or false for them. They must explain why / why not.

More collocations - matching excercise (4-7 minutes) • To provide students to get toknow of and understand more collocations

Personalize the context and give students some free practice or I give students some more collocations to practice on. They are given an exercise consisting of four sentences with 'give' collocations. Students are instructed to work in pairs and match the sentences to their respective meanings. They are given 3 minutes for this, after which we all check the matching together.

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