Nick Willcocks Nick Willcocks

B2 level


To teach and practise with the aim of showing meaning within sentence form and to discuss the definition and uses for metaphors. This is done through listening and getting accuracy from students.


Abc Inside Out
Abc White Board

Main Aims

  • To provide the students with practise through listening, the gist, meaning and form from a historic piece. To then apply this to sentence forming. The second part will deal with the understanding the definition and uses of 'Metaphors'

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide a review and give examples of context and meaning to the story of Sam Brannan. To elicit answers on who, what, where, when, and how he is relevant to the lesson. The second part will give specific information and examples of metaphors to show the students understood the meaning.


Warmer/Lead-in (10-12 minutes) • To set lesson in context with previous lesson on The Gold Rush

The teacher will discuss what the lesson will be about (Sam Brannan) and after looking at a photo of him and another of a prospector (49'er) and ask the students if they can elicit some responses to who he was, what he may have done, when he did it and why he would. This will get predictive possible answers to the story of his life before playing it and will also provide context for the lesson. (Will mention that the American football team in San Francisco are called the 49'ers)

Listening Task • To introduce and then play a recorded piece on Sam Brannan (12 sb)

Play the recording (20 Ts 12 Cd1) and ask if the class understood what was said and eliciting any responses from the students. Any questions can should be answered by other students if possible first but the teacher can finally answer if none are given. The teacher will make sure the students understand before moving on.

Task 1 Matching Sentences (10-15 minutes) • The students will be able to match the two groups of sentences from the recording correctly

The teacher will explain HO1 to the class which has a list of sentences broken into 2 groups. The first group has the beginning of a statement and the next group has the end of the sentence. The students will then be asked to match the correct beginning with end of each sentence. answers ( a2 b4 c6 d3 e7 f5 g1) The recording will be played again and the students will check that they have the correct answers.

Task 2 Metaphors (10-15 minutes) • To provide the students with the defiinition of what a metaphor is and for the students to give examples. To explain the difference between a metaphor and a Similie

The teacher will write these words on the WB ( Trickle, Drift, Flood, Deluge, Stream) and will encourage the students to define these words. It is important that the students fully understand the meaning of these words and once this done ask what do they have in common ( They are to do with water especially the movement of water) The teacher will ask the class if they know what a metaphor is and elicit a response. Some may already know. The teacher will then give the definition The teacher will then illicit examples of metaphors and will write some on the WB. (IE: Broken Heart, Fishing, It's Raining Men, The light of my life) The teacher will also explain the difference between a "Simile" and a metaphor. (Simile's use AS and LIKE) The teacher will then show and explain HO2 which has sentences using the words written on the WB. The teacher will then pair up the students and get them to place the correct words into the sentences. The teacher will encourage the students not to look back at the original text for the answers.

Feedback and Additional open Q&A (8-10 minutes) • To make sure the students have clearly understood the lesson.

The teacher will engage with the students an overview of the topic of the lesson and find out if there are any questions the students may have. Elicit from the students if there are any Turkish Metaphors. The teacher will explain about an episode of Star Trek the next Generation which has an entire episode about metaphors (Season 5 episode 2 "Darmok") example from the show "Temba his arms open" and "Darmok and Jilad at Tanagra" ....

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