Zeynep Kesici Zeynep Kesici

Vocabulary Lesson: What a Life!
Elementary level


In this lesson, SS will be engaged in vocabulary building exercises and receptive skill development by listening for specific information related to everyday activities. After aims are completed, SS will then move onto working on further exercises such as matching words with images in order to contextualise the vocabulary. They will also practice pronunciation by listening certain sentences and marking the links. Finally, SS will widen their use of vocabulary through a card game.


Abc HO4 - Daily Life of an Aerobics Teacher
Abc HO3 - Mark the Link
Abc HO1 - Number the Phrases

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of vocabulary for everyday activities in the context of stressful & healthy lifestyles

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of simple present & speaking for accuracy & fluency


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

Start with a brief warmer to get Ss interested in the topic and to set context. Play hangman to elicit “healthy & stressful”. Set up some pw/gw for Ss to discuss what people do in healthy or stressful lives.

Exposure (5-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through an exercise

Find out what Ss know in terms of vocabulary through (ex1a). Make Ss listen to sounds and the given vocabulary in order - do the first one in open-class as a model. Let Ss peer-check before w/c FB.

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

Further check what Ss know through personalisation (ex1b). Let Ss work alone to put the activities in order for their days, then let them work in pairs/small groups to tell each other. Model first to encourage Ss tell each other not just show their lists.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning of the target language

clarify meaning of the TL (ex1c). Set the context for a healthy & stressful day. Divide the class into two groups (A & B). Ss work together to match words and pictures for their half of the task on p156. Give answer keys to each group for them to check their answers together. Regroup Ss into pairs (A+B) for them to teach the vocabulary to the others. Monitor & give some general FB. In FB, check Ss know which part is the verb.

Clarification 2 (5-10 minutes) • To clarify pronunciation of the TL

clarify pronunciation of the TL (ex2a-b). Give Ss the sentences & the listen & mark the links. Drill more than once for FB and corrections.

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

Introduce the card game where Ss work in groups to take a card, describe it & put the cards in order for the person’s day. Before the task, set context and quickly check Ss can tell the time. Monitor and take notes for FB & delayed error correction.

Free Practice (3-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

If-time – Freer practice – encourage Ss to personalise the TL. If time, Ss tell each other about their days & decide whether they have healthy or stressful days.

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