Angeliki Angeliki

A2 Elementary level


In this lesson Ss will practice speaking and Present Simple -wh- questions.


Abc w/b
Abc HOs Clandfield, L. (2006) Straightforward Elementary Students´Book, Macmillan pp 27
Abc coloured, printed words

Main Aims

  • To practice Present Simple -wh- questions and short answers

Subsidiary Aims

  • speaking-interviews


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic and observe existing knowledge of grammar

I ask Ss to find words and sentences from the text which start with -Wh-. I write on the board the words the Ss find and I add the missing ones: Where, Who, Why, How, What. Students are asked to complete orally, quickly and spontaneously sentences with –wh- words. I elicit existing knowledge of the Ss with a specific language focus.

Language focus stage (6-7 minutes) • To explain -wh- questions and how the structure of these sentences should be.

I ask the Ss to write down one sentence for each -wh- question word present on the board. They firstly compare their answers with a partner and then with the whole class. I write an example of each question on the board. If needed, I clarify the difference between “Who...with?” and “With whom...?” and stress the accuracy.

Controlled practice (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with controlled written practice of the target grammar

I distribute a HO with exercises 1 and 2 p. 27 of the book. They work in pairs for ex.1, before I check with the whole class. For ex. 2, I distribute the words of the sentences mixed, in different colours for each sentence and I ask them in groups to build the correct questions. In feedback I ask one student of each group to stick the words in the right order on the board in order to make a complete question.

Drilling (3-4 minutes) • To model questions, ask the students and repeat

I open the PPT and model questions from the table, e.g. Where do you live? Who do you live with? Why do you work there? I elicit the sentences and then I ask students to listen and repeat.

Freer practice/Role play (9-10 minutes) • To provide free speaking practice

As an example, I choose a student and I interview him/her. Then, I divide the students in pairs to interview each other, using the prompts from the PPT. They should take notes of their partners´ answers.

Closing task (10-15 minutes) • To sum up and close the lesson

Students can write a small profile about each other with the information collected. or Students can play wh- questions board games in different groups of 3-4.

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