Fame & Fortune (P.2)
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will be guided to find verbs/expressions followed by the gerund or the infinitive, and will practice these with other verbs. They will then be encouraged to use those structures in personalizing the topic of fame & fortune from the passage.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of verbs followed by gerund/infinitive in the context of reading

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of fame & fortune


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

Ss see pictures from the reading passage and try in pairs/groups of 3 to recall which main points in the passage ("How to become a celebrity") they refer to. T takes brief W/C FB.

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

Ss see an OHP slide of certain verbs/expressions from the passage they just read and are asked to underline what verb phrases follow them individually. They write them on the board as they find them.

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

T briefly introduces the concept of "verbs followed by gerunds, infinitives or both/neither" by referring to the examples from the passage (plus introducing the verb "let" in a sentence context). T elicits answers & "why" these verbs are followed by other particular verb phrases. T checks MFP before moving on to practice.

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

Ss receive copies of the grammar gap-fill exercise from the textbook and are asked to fill in the gaps individually (they are allowed to check their dictionaries or resources online). Ss peer check. T provides W/C fb, double-checking a few possibly problematic cases.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss in pairs use the verbs introduced + the ideas in the controlled practice part to find out if their partner will be able to reach fame/fortune. Pairs get together to check. T takes FB from a few groups.

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