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Sports Collocations with Play and Go
Beginner level


In this lesson, the students will practice the use of sports collocations with play and go in the context of a text about the life of a university student. The students will practice these collocations with a guided discovery activity. Then, they will do a semi-controlled speaking practice to personalize and study the use of these collocations.


Abc HO for Speaking Practice
Abc Exercise HO
Abc Paper ball
Abc Reading Text and Questions
Abc Names of the Sports/Activities for the Matching Activity
Abc Photos for the Matching Activity

Main Aims

  • To practice sports-related collocations with the verbs "go" and "play" in the context of a university student's life

Subsidiary Aims

  • To do a semi-controlled speaking practice using sports-related collocations in order to personalize and further study them


Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set the context and prepare students for the lesson

T shows different pictures about her hobbies. T "I play the piano. I learned it when I was 6 years old." "I love swimming, I go to the beach with my family at the weekend." "I go to the movie theatre with my friends every week." "I love reading books." T sticks a paper on the board with questions: "What are your hobbies? What do you like?What do you do at the weekend?" T divides sts into pairs and asks them to talk about their hobbies. T gives them 3 minutes. ICQs: How many minutes? (three) Are you going to ask questions? (no) Are you going to talk about yourself? (yes) T "What did you learn about your friend?"

Pre-Reading (5-7 minutes) • To provide sts with the sports activities they will use with "go" and "play" while practicing collocations

T hangs the pictures of activities on the left and right sides of the board. T divides sts into two groups. T gives students strips of paper on which the names of the activities are written. T "Match the sports with pictures. Stick the papers on the pictures. You have three minutes." ICQ: How many minutes? (three) Are you going to write? (no) Are you going to stick the papers on the pictures? (yes) Using CCQs, T clarifies some of the sports students are not familiar with. Rugby: Do you do it alone? (no) Do you play it in teams? (yes) Do you use a ball? (yes) Is it like american football? (yes) Sailing: Do you do it on sea? (yes) T draws a sailing boat and points the sails. Do you use a boat? (yes) Do you use small sails? (no) Windsurfing: Do you do it on sea? (yes) Do you use a boat? (no) Do you use a board? (yes) Do you use big sails? (no)

Reading Task (6-8 minutes) • To introduce the target language through reading

T "We will read a text about Ayşe's life." "I'll give you two minutes." ICQs: How many minutes? (two) Will you read quickly? (yes) After 2 minutes. T points the questions below the text. T"Answer these questions alone." T"Check your answers in pairs." Students nominate their friends by throwing a paper ball to choose who is going to answer next. WCFB

Clarification of Target Language (15-18 minutes) • To clarify meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

T "Are there any words related to sports?" "Which ones?" "Which verb is used with them?" T writes them on the board. Meaning: (volleyball, basketball) T "Do you have an opponent?" (yes) "Do you want to win?"(yes) "Do you have a team?" (yes) (swimming, dancing) T "Do you have an opponent?"(no) "Do you have a team?" (no) "Do you go somewhere to do it?"(yes) Form: (volleyball, basketball) (points the words) T "Which verb comes before these?" (play) (swimming, dancing) (points the words) T " Which verb comes before these?" (do) "What is similar in these words?" "Do they look like each other?" (-ing) Pronunciation: Drill the pronunciation and mark stress and linkings on the board. T gives sts a HO on which there are some questions about meaning and a gap-fill activity about form. T "Answer these questions and fill in these blanks with these activities. You have four minutes" ICQs: How many minutes?(four) Will you work with your friends? (no) Check in pairs. T projects the HO on the board. Sts come to the board and write their answers. Errors are corrected through questions. WCFB

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide controlled speaking practice of sports collocations with go and play

T divides students into pairs. T "In this HO, there are questions you can ask your friends." T asks those questions to one of the students to do a demo. T "If your answer is yes what do you say?" (Yes, I do.) "If your answer is no?" (No, I don't) Let's start. T "What did you learn about your friend?"

Feedback (3-5 minutes) • To correct some of the target language related errors

T writes some of the errors she heard during the speaking practice. T asks students if they are wrong and why.

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