Haytham Elboushi Haytham Elboushi

Can for Abilities
Beginner level


In this lesson, learners will learn how to use the modal verb can to talk about abilities. The lesson starts with asking the Ss to do an action, then there will be a listening task. After that, Teach them the meaning, form and pronunciation of can. Finally, a practice task.


Main Aims

  • Clarifying and practicing Grammar, the usage of can to talk about ability, so by the end of the lesson students will be better aware of how to use can to talk aobut their abilities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Putting the usage of can into controlled speaking practice to talk about abilities.


Lead in (2-5 minutes) • To generate student's interest and to give them a clue about the context of the lesson

Ask the Ss to do one or two actions and ask them can you do this?

Listening Task (3-7 minutes) • To contexualize and introduce the target language

First , Teach Ss some vocabulary about abilities to prepare them for the listening text by giving them a matching exercise to answer , and then check their answers in pairs. After that, give them the answer key. Drill some words. Secondly, show them an image of the characters in the listening text and explain to them that they are going to listen to job interview and give them a task (does Natalia get the job?) Then let them listen to the text to get the answer of the question at the end , and then, peer check. Finally, get the feedback.

Highlighting the target Language (2-5 minutes) • To highlight the target language so learners are focused on it

Give true/ false exercise and ask them to read the sentences, then listen to the text again, and then peer check and finally, the feedback.

Clarifying target language (5-11 minutes) • To clarify meaning so learners understand it. To clarify the form so learners know how to construct it. To clarify pronunciarion so learners know how to say it.

write one the sentences from the true/false exercise and elicit the meaning by using my musical instrument and miming to check that they understand the meaning that I need to learn first then I can do it. After that I will move to explain the form by writing the same sentence on the board and elicit the subject pronouns from the students to clarify that can is used with all the subject pronouns and elicit that the infinitive comes after can, then I will move to elicit the negative form by drawing [-] on the left side of the sentence, then try to let them make the sentence negative themselves, then I will move to making question by drawing question mark at the end of the sentence and try to elicit from them the form of the question. Finally, I will move to pronunciation by drilling the sentences in all forms and focus on the pronunciation of can by writing its phonetic symbols on the WB.

Languagae practice (5-17 minutes) • To provide controlled and freer oral practice to let the learners focus on the language accurately and use the language productively.

First: If time allows, I will hand out the Ss a controlled practice and ask them to do in PW, then give them answer key. secondly: If time does not allow, I will move directly to the freer speaking practice. When they finish, I will get the Feedback Finally, Error correction

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