Defining and non-defining relative clauses
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students are going to learn defining and non-defining relative clauses through out some exercises.Students are going to practice using of relative and non-relative clauses in speaking.I am going to maintain the context (fashion). The lesson is student centered.


Main Aims

  • To provide defining and non- defining relative clauses in the context of Fashion

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of fashion


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

According to the previous lesson students are going to discuss some questions related to the context which is fashion.for example: 1.Why did the man and woman disagree? 2.Do you know anyone who always looks over-dressed? 3.Do you prefer skirt or trousers? ( fun part)

Highlighting (5-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

This stage is focused on ex 1 p.29 straight forward student's book. Students are going to look at the 6 sentences in pairs and guess which conversation there were from -The first or the second? Then after WCFB, they are going to do a fill in the gaps activity individually, with a demonstration from the teacher. Then pair check with each other.

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

Starting with the WCFB from ex 1 with asking random ss to answer the questions. separating the Ss to groups to do ex 2. after WCFB, students will receive an ans key. If they are not clear about the context then I am planning to come up with clarifying the subject using WB, writing the ex 1 on the board and explain what is the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses, and explaining the rules of omitting the relative pronouns using the sentences in ex 1. after they get clear about the understanding of the subject separating the Ss to groups to do ex 2. after WCFB, students will receive an ans key.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

This stage is optional.In this stage, students have to be clear with the subject. Separating ss to 4 or 5 groups to do a group activity out of ex 4, workbook p17, straight forward upper intermediate. 6 sentences are shown on the board one by one. Each group has a color and papers the same color with relative pronouns (which,who,that) written on them. After showing each sentence on the board ss have to guess the answer and stick the paper related to the sentence.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

In this stage ss will work individually on coursebook ex 3 filling the blanks with their own ideas. Each ss will receive a paper of ex 3 and fill it individually to be prepared for ex 4. ss will work in pairs read aloud their ideas (relative clauses) in the different order and the other ss has to guess which sentence they belong to.

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