Michael Youssef Labib Michael Youssef Labib

Can and Can't Lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson ss will have practiced their listening and speaking skills to talk about their abilities by using "can" and "can't".


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson ss will have practised controlled listening and speaking to understand the difference between can and can't in the context of music

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about skills and abilities in the context of music


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Talk about Arab Idol and The Voice as an introduction to the topic. Show a sample video of Arab idol of someone who can sing to generate interest in the topic. Demonstrate the first exercise very carefully. Ask students who do they think have a star quality?

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

Demonstrate exercise b very carefully; tell students that they will listen to the audio file and that they will have to complete the information missing in the 8 sentences, by typing in the name of the person who can or can't do singing, dancing or playing the guitar. Ask students to listen to the three people sing, play the guitar and dance. Ask students to complete the sentences. Provide the answers.

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

Pre-teach the following words: physical /ˈfɪzɪkəl / adj creative /kriˈeɪtɪv/ adj practical /præktəkəl/ adj Ask ss if they can play football? if they can play basketball? if they answer with "yes" then they are physical. Ask ss if they can draw? if they can play the guitar, if they answer with "yes" then they are creative. Ask ss if they can read a map? if they answer with "yes" then they are practical. Demonstrate exercise c for ss and give them time to work in pairs to answer the exercise. Clarify language form and pronunciation of "can" and "can't" through a demonstration of exercise d. Provide answers for exercise d and pronounce can /kæn/ and can't /kɑːnt/.

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

Demonstrate exercise e very carefully. Ask students to practice in pairs using the verbs sing, dance and play. Monitor ss and give feedback Demonstrate exercise page 41 b for the ss. Ask students to work in pairs and interview each other. Monitor students and give feedback.

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