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Adverbs and Adverbial Phrases
Upper-intermediate level


There are about 25 students both adult males and females in this upper-intermediate class. Most of them are Turkish but there are some of them who are from other countries such as Italy.


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Main Aims

  • To provide review of Adverbs and adverbial phrases in the context of short stories

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of Adverbs and adjectives which are usually confused in the context of short fifty word stories


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

I will give students a short story in which 4 adverbs and adjectives are highlighted. They will read it for one minute and after they will talk to each other using those adverbs and adjectives and the ones I will show on OHP.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Students will see some sentences on the board in order to be tested about their awareness of places of adverbial phrases and differences of some of them. These are some examples: Jack ate all nearly food. Jack arrived home late/lately. According to a recent/recently piece of research, men sleep less than women.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

In fact, as they are upper-intermediate and I apply s-centered approach, students will not have my presentation. Instead, they will receive handouts about the grammar they are supposed to master in this lesson. The grammar is obtained from English File upper-intermediate grammar section page 137.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

In order to check their understanding of grammar, students will be given three grammar exercises, two of which are taken from English File upper-intermediate page 137, and the third one is obtained from the same book page 155. Exercise number one is a recognition exercise which asks students to identify adverbs and correct the sentences if they are wrong. The second one focuses on placement of adverbs and students have to put the given adverbs in the correct place.Finally, the last exercise tests students ability with regards to confusing adverbs and adjectives such as late/lately, recent/recently.

Free practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

There is a writing task in which students are supposed to used adverbs and adverbials that they have learned. This is a good activity in which students are free to write a fifty-word story without worry about using specific language.

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