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Compound nouns (everyday objects) TP2
Pre-intermediate level


Introducing and explaining the concept of compound nouns. 40 minute Vocab lesson with emphasis on everyday objects


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, learners will have reviewed and extended their knowledge of compound nouns

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students (Ss) will have developed their fluency on the topic of doctor visits


Lead-in (5-10 minutes) • To raise interest and set context for the topic

There isn't a content for today's lesson except "everyday objects" and compound nouns. *Using realia and descriptions have Ss name the object and write it on the board. - These objects will be a mix between basic nouns (book, rock, foot, ect...) and compound nouns (tooth brush, train station, shoebox, ect...) - basic nouns will be in 1 column and compound nouns in a different column. Ss will be asked about the difference between the 2 colums - Once Ss acknowledge that the columns are different introduce Compound nouns *Explain that a compound noun is a nouns made up of 2 or more words (not necessarily nouns)

Diagnostic test (10-15 minutes) • To find out what the Ss know and to identify words/phrases I need to teach

Have Ss complete Ex. 3 on pg. 64 (now on printout) BEFORE handing out task, explain to students that the groups on the left side of the page have to be matched up with a word on the right side of the page by drawing a line Hand out sheets to each student and have the work on them individually. THEN, pair them up just for a minute or so to give a quick look at each other answers then go over as a class.

Clarification (5-10 minutes) • To clarify the words in terms of meaning, form, and pronunciation

*Elicit names of compound nouns using words from previous exercise to clarify any doubts the Ss may have. *Once Ss give answer drill Ss on the correct pronunciation alternating between different Ss, 2s, 3, ect... *Write the noun on the board and have Ss decide on how many syllables each noun has and possibly what part of the word is stressed Pictures -alarm clock (alARM clock 2,1) -hair dryer (hair DRYer 1,2) -bookcase (bookcase 1,1) Realia -credit cards (CREdit cards 2,1) -sunglasses (sunGLASses 1,2) -can opener (can OPener 1,3) ? cigarette lighter (cigaRETTE LIGHter 3,2)

Practice (5-10 minutes) • To reinforce the meaning, form, and pronunciation of the items

Ex. 4 on page 64 Put Ss in pairs and describe compound nouns from prior exercise to a pair of Ss until they guess the right word using ex. 4 word doc as a reference

Further Practice (10-15 minutes) • To consolidate/ extend vocab

Chain Card Activity from Teacher's Resource Book Unit 8.2 * Demo the game to the Ss and use ICQs to be sure they understand. * Split the Ss into groups of 4 and monitor. * Once both teams are done, have teams swap sides and check answers * Go over as a class * If time permits, have Ss create a story using at least 5 compounds from their circle * Have one student from each group read their story

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