Suffixes for adjective and nouns
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss learn simple suffixes and that we sometimes make adjectives from nouns and noun from adjectives by adding a suffix.


Abc Intermediate Coursebook
Abc Powerpoint by Teacher

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of word building: suffixes in the context of volunteer work

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of volunteer work


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

Ask Ss if they remember the colored words from the reading text. Project the paragraphs on the board to remind them and ask "which are the adjectives and which are the nouns?" Have them discuss with their pairs for 30 seconds. Ask them to circle the ones they don't know for a minute and talk to their partners about the words they don't know.

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Have Ss look at the words on the board and give you synonyms for the words. For the words they are unable to explain, ask them CCQs to check meaning and provide with synonyms or antonyms if necessary.

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

After that, put the Ss in different pairs and have them stand up and put the words in the correct places in the table for Ex. 5b projected on the board. Check answer as w/c and give FB.

Clarification (4-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Set Ex. 5d and let Ss decide if the words are adjectives or nouns for a minute. Have them pair check their answers. Let Ss tell you to write A for adjective or N for noun next to the words to check their answers.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Have Ss turn the adjectives into nouns and the nouns into adjectives in Ex. 5b. Have them pair check their answers. Work on the already projected Ex. 5b with As and Ns on and elicit the noun and adjective forms from the Ss.

Semi-Controlled Practice (3-4 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Put Ss in different pairs and have them take turns to test each other on the nouns and adjectives in Ex. 5b and 5d. Monitor and check to see if there are any errors made. Give incidental FB to pairs.

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

Put Ss into different pairs Give each pair a set of cards with words and suffixes on. Each member of the pairs will have an equal number of "dominoes" (cards) --- One S puts a domino on the table and the other student is supposed to add a card either to the beginning or the end of the card to make a meaningful word with the suffix. E.g. (card put by the partner) - ity / kind ... -ness / rude (card put on the table) ... -ness / change (or the end of the card in the middle as long as the dominoes put next to each other make meaningful words. --- The member of the pair who finishes his/her cards first wins the game Monitor if a student challenges his/her pair on a disagreement

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