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Elementary A2 level


In this lesson, students learn/revise and practice the I/you/we/they forms of the present simple with verbs describing common activities. The lesson starts with a discussion about What are your favourite things/activities? This is followed by reading and listening to information about online special interest groups and create their own. Finally, there is some controlled practice through completing the text and speaking pair work activity.


Abc 6A Read the website extract about the Laid-back group again. Complete the table.
Abc 9 Pair work. Talk about a group or team you are in.
Abc 1A Read the website extracts. Answer the questions
Abc 8A Work in pairs. Start a new online group. Write answers to the questions
Abc 2A Complete phrases 1-8 below with words from the box. B Add these words to phrases 1-8 C) pair work
Abc 3A Listen and complete the table
Abc 4A Listen and complete the table
Abc 5A Work in pairs. Write three questions for each online group
Abc 7 Complete the information below. Use a verb in the positive or negative form

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Activity verbs in the context of Reading, listening to music, doing sport, eating junk food

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review and practice of Present Simple: I/you/we/they in the context of I like, I don't like, do I like?


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

Revision of vocabulary: word dictation. Write the headjngs: bag, sandwich bar, souvenir shop across the board. Elicit check meanings and get ss to copy diwn the words. Then dictate twelve nouns frim Unit 1 that match one of tge headings and may come up in Ex 2A. Ss write the words under the correct heading and then compare their answers in pairs/teams.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Reading. Ask What are your favourite things/activities? Use the photos to elicit/ pre-teach vocabulary in the website extract, e.g. like/ watch films, eat popcorn, chat with people, travel, play tennus, do exercise, relax, listen to music. Then check/teach vocabulary in the Ex 1A, e.g. website extracts, online groups, fast food. Also ask Who is Johnny Depp? Ss should answer the questions in Ex 1A. Give them time to scan the texts quickly and answer.

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

Vocabulary. 2A First, check unknown vocabulary in the exercise, e.g. junk food, running. Ask Ss to find and underline the verbs in the texts and then do the exercise. LISTENING 3A Check instructions and remind Ss to concentrate on the task, not unknown vocabulary. Play the CD again if necessary after Ss have checked in pairs.

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

4) Grammar present simple: I/you/we/they 4A Ss read the table, then listen and complete the gaps. Monitor while they compare answers to check if they need to hear it again. In feedback, write the questions and short answers on the board and check the form: Do + subject + verb, do not = don't. Go to Language Bank. Explain the first language notes. Elicit/Check the question form and short answers again. Follow up with questions e.g. Do you like films/music/football/books/junk food/magazines? Ss respond with answers that are true for them.

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

5) Practice. 5A Check other verbs Ss might need from the texts, e.g. take photos, post sth on a website, do nothing. Give a time limit of 5 mins and monitor closely to check the accuracy of Ss' questions.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

6) Grammar present simple: I/you/ we/ they In feedback, write the two sentences on the board and underline the verb forms: read and don't read. B Elicit Ss' answers to the question and highlight the negative form on the board: We I don't I read books. Then check the full form: do not. C Check the meaning of regular/y/at the moment of speaking. Ask concept check questions: I) The laid-back group don't like work. Is this always true? 2) The Film group watch DVDs. Is this a habit/routine? Elicit and drill personalised examples, e.g. I love travel/films. I don't like sport/football. Go to Language Bank again. Check the second language notes with Ss. Elicit more examples of things that are always true vs habits and routines, e.g. I live in London, I don't eat junk food.

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

7) Practice. Give Ss I min to read the last two website extract again. Ss then complete the text and check their answers in the texts. In feedback, tell Ss to cover their answers and look at you. Read out the extracts, pausing at each gap for Ss to answer. Speaking. If Ss don't belong to a team/group, they can use the online group they created in Ex 8, or invent one.

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