Family Tree
Elementary level


Abc Coursebook
Abc HOs

Main Aims

  • Main aim: To provide Ss with clarification / review and practice of family vocabulary in the context of family trees.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Sub aims: To give Ss practice in reading for detail, listening for specific information and speaking for accuracy.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Play hangman and try to elicit the word "family".

Exposure (8-9 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Project the picture on w/b and ask Ss if they know the family. Say, for example, "David is Victoria's husband". "Brooklyn is Romeo's brother". While drilling these sentences, draw the family tree for the Beckham family. After some choral drilling, put Ss in pairs and have them practice these sentences.

Controlled Practice (9-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Introduce the family on p. 18. Get Ss to read & fill in the gaps with the correct vocab – using the pictures to help them. Let them check in pairs & then listen to the CD to check their answers. (Project the answers if Ss need). *** Get Ss to do ex2 in pairs – grouping the family vocab according to gender – use the ans key to check.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-11 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Set up ex. 3 – try to elicit the model questions & if needed show a model on the board. Give Ss time in pairs/small groups to prepare their questions. Monitor and help as needed. Drill some of the questions for pronunciation, then either regroup the Ss so they work with other Ss to ask and answer their questions. Monitor and deal with any persistent errors on the spot, then do some general feedback. *** Use ex. 4 to consolidate Ss’ understanding of the vocabulary. Get Ss to do this in pairs/small groups and then do some whole-class FB.

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

Give Ss your blank family tree – get them to ask you questions – “Who’s Peter?” - & answer with simple sentences, e.g “He’s my brother.” - Ss listen & complete the tree – make sure different Ss ask you the questions. – Get Ss to check in pairs - & then check (using the ans key) *** If time – as further practice Ss could work in pairs to ask & ans about your tree – e.g. “Who’s Peter?” “He’s Michael’s/his brother.”

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