Adverbs of Frequency and Time Expressions
The aim is to give students exposure and practice of adverbs of frequency and time expressions.
The subsidiary aim is to provide practice of listening for gist and specific information.
Procedure (38-45 minutes)
A sheet with eight names will be written on the board. It will be T's six degrees of separation. Ss will try to guess the connection between these people in pairs and then the sheet showing the real relation will be stuck on the WB. "Six Degrees of Separation" will be written on the top of the WB. Ss will be asked if they know anything about this theory. They will read the extract on page 11. While they are reading the unknown words, "planet (n), separate (v.), bind - bound (v.), gondolier (n.), trail (n.)" will be written on the board and elicited.
Ss will listen to the audio record about the theory of "Six Degrees of Separation" once and they will draw links between the names in the circle on page 10. Ss will check together in pairs. The answers will be elicited as whole class.
Ss will listen to the audio record again to explain the link between the people in numbers 1-3 in exercise 3. The answers will be elicited as a whole class.
Before the first grammar exercise on page 11, present simple tense will be briefly reminded to the students by asking questions about the frequency of keeping in touch with people: "How often do you use a) the phone b) texting c) Facebook or other online social networks d) letters." Ss will fill in the blanks with the correct form of given verbs. They will compare answers in pairs before whole class feedback. Before the second grammar exercise, two sentences from the listening part will be written on the WB to show the difference between placement of adverbs and placement of time phrases. Ss will complete the sentences by putting the word or phrase in the correct place. T takes whole class feedback.
T hands out page 133. Ss will put the words in the correct order to make sentences. Students will give the answers.
The last stage is semi-restricted speaking. This is a whole class acivity. Student A and student B sheets will be handed out. Each partner will prepare the questions by filling in the blanks with “do” or “are”. They will ask these questions to their partners and answer their partners’ questions.