Liliya Liliya

Grammar: question tags
Intermediate level


In this lesson the students will listen and read the interview with an expert on Jack the Ripper giving his opinion about a new theory on his identity. Grammar focus is on question tags. The target language will be included into these texts. They will work on handouts to understand the meaning and the form and will practice the TL doing some exercises and participating in a role play A police inspector and a suspect.


Abc Role cards
Abc A reading text
Abc A gap-fill handout

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of question tags in the context of murder mysteries

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a a role play in the context of murder mysteries


Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The context of this lesson is murder mysteries and a new theory on Jack the Ripeer's identity. The teacher shows a video from which the students will get some information about Jack the Ripper. After that the teacher asks them questions: Have you ever heard of Jack the Ripper? Who was he? What do you know about him? and elicits the students ideas.

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

The students have to listen an expert on Jack the Ripper giving his opinion about a new theory and fill in the gaps with some information about the suspects. Then they will read the second part of the interview and answer true/false questions. The target language will be included into these text.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The students have to complete four questions from the interview and complete them with the missing words.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The students work in groups with the handout given by the teacher. They look at the marker sentences and discuss the answers to CCQs. For form clarification they have to fill the gaps with appropriate words. The teacher gives them an answer key to peer check. After that the teacher elicits a marker sentence to clarify pronunciation. The teacher highlights the sentence stress, the phonemes, intonation and drills.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The students have to complete the sentences with a question tag. They do it individually and then check in their groups.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

The students will participate in a role play "Just checking". They will be divided into A and B and given role cards. Students A are police inspectors and B are suspects in a crime. A students will ask B some questions and try to remember the answers and then he/she will check them with question tags. Then they swap roles. The teacher demonstrates activity by taking A's role and ask one student the question and then checking.

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