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Grammar: make, let and allow
Intermediate, B1 level


In this lesson Ss will learn verbs 'make', 'let' and 'allow', in the context of obligation and permission. They will be able properly use the verbs in the sentences.


Abc Straightforward Intermediate Student's Book
Abc Straightforward Intermediate Workkbook

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of verbs make, let and allow in the context of obligation and permission.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of new verbs with in sentences.


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

I'll start conversation about homes, apartments, summer homes and gated communities. I'll ask about rules in the communities and what everyone thinks about them (Is it good to have them? Does everyone should follow them?).

Writing Task (7 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

First I'll ask Ss to imagine to have a summer house/apartment and ask them, in pairs or groups, to write an advertising "summer house/apartment for rent", considering what renter can or can't do in the house. Once finished, Ss can put the adds on the wall for everyone to see it.

Highlighting (10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

First I'll try eliciting words obligation and permission, and then define their meaning, by making examples on the w/b making 2 groups out of them. Than I'll try to elicit verbs 'make', 'let' and 'allow', separate them into those groups and have Ss focus on them. At the same time I'll make sure that Ss understand the meanings of those verbs very well, by writing examples on w/b.

Exposure (5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I'll give students exr 1 pg 29 and have them in pair to do it. Once finished I'll get FB from them. Follow with question "What is being described in exercise 1?" and have small discussion about it.

Clarification (10 minutes) • To clarify the form of the target language

I'll show the structure of the sentence and how 'make, let and allow' fit in to the sentence, by drawing a table. I'll support it with a lot of examples, so Ss understand the form.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

In the groups Ss rewrite their advertisements, by using the model sentences from the board. Once finished, Ss will put their new sentences on the wall next to the once they put previously. Everyone will go around and read each other adds and compare the old once to the new once.

Task (5 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

If any time left, in pairs Ss will do an exercise 6 pg 15 (Straightforward Intermediate Workbook), to practice more 'make, let and allow' in the sentences.

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