Question Tags
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson students will be introduced to question tags with falling intonation. They will be introduced to the lesson through listening and the approach for the lesson will be guided discovery. The class will follow clarification, controlled practice and free practice where students will speak about their personal information through question tags.


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Main Aims

  • To provide understanding and clarification of question tags

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist listening for the intonation of question tags
  • To provide accuracy in using the question tags through speaking


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T opens a video to engage Ss in the TL. Ss will write the questions they hear from the video.

Listening Task (2-3 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

Ss will have a gist listening of the intonation of the question tags and they will differentiate if the voice is falling or rising at the question tags.

Highlighting TL (5-7 minutes) • To highlight the target language by a guiding task.

T will hand out cut-ups for students to put in the correct question tags for each main clause. Ss will work in groups and check their answers with other groups. Answer sheet will be given to the Ss.

Clarifying target language (12-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and the pronunciation of the TL

T gives H/O of a set of questions about the meaning and form of the TL and instructs Ss to work in pairs. T gives them 4 minutes to work on the task and check their answers with other pairs. T goes over the answers with the Ss and gives FB on the answers and drills the marker sentences.

Language Practice (7-10 minutes) • To provide controlled practice of the TL

T distributes a H/O and asks Ss to complete the question tags and match the tags with the correct answers. Ss will complete the task with pairs while T monitors Ss. The answers are given to the Ss after 5 minutes of work.

Free Pratice (8-10 minutes) • To provide Ss with free practice of the TL

T will show a picture of 4 people chatting at a party. Above each person a word or a short phrase that says some information about them. (Canadian, teacher, just married, ives in New York, etc.) T will demo the activity by first giving a positive and a negative question tag and instruct the students to write one true thing and one false thing about themselves and allow them to interact with each other in a mingling activity. For example: You are Canadian, aren't you? You don't live in New York, do you? T will monitor the free practice and give FB and hot error corrections.

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