Teaching practice 3
Upper intermediate level
To provide clarification of defining and non-defining relative clauses in the context of books that are best-sellers.
To provide writing practice of a paragraph about some celebrity using the target language.
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Showing the learners a set of pictures and asking them a questions that makes them think about the importance of defining and non-defining relative clauses.
Provide the students with a text with defining and non-defining relative clauses and questions that help them understand the difference between sentences in blue (defining) and the ones in pink (non-defining relative clauses). Remember to get feedback and check understanding of meaning and use.
Ask Ss to go through the reading text to find more defining and non-defining relative clauses. Encourage pairwork and peer checking and justification for feedback.
Ask the students to read for gist a text about Stieg Larsson's first book and then fill in the gaps with the correct relative pronouns. Students check their answers with the printed answers from the Teacher's Book.
In pairs, students join the sentences using defining and non-defining relative clauses. inviting some students to write their sentences on the board for to concept check further.
To personalize the target language, have Ss write a short paragraph about a celebrity that they know about. Encourage them to include TL in their writing wherever possible. Ask some students to put their paragraphs on the board to deal with correction.