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Lesson on -ed/-ing adjectives
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will review how to describe their emotional state and their opinions about things by using -ed/-ing adjectives. Most importantly they shall be able to discern the difference between the use of -ed and -ing endings. Having refreshed their memories they shall use the target language in the context of entertainment and television programs. After reviewing the language forms and their meanings students will be given a final speaking task where they will talk about their favourite things to watch on TV.


Abc Boardgame printouts
Abc Gap-fill Handout, Whiteboard

Main Aims

  • To have students review and practice -ed/-ing adjectives and describe which TV programmes they love, hate, find annoying, find exciting etc.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice listening and speaking skills in the context of TV entertainment.


Warm up: "I'm bored" by Iggy Pop (1-2 minutes) • Gist listening to lyrics

Teacher shall play the song.

Gap-fill Lyrics (3-5 minutes) • To practice detailed listening and identify the missing words in the lyrics

T shall play the song a second time. Students shall listen for the missing lyrics and fill in the blanks. Next, they shall read the question and write the answer down below it.

Language Forms: -ed/-ing adjectives (6-10 minutes) • To expose students to language analysis for -ed/-ing adjectives in a table on the whiteboard

T will draw a table on the board: 1) Writes "I'm bored" 2) Elicit adjective "What kind of word is bored?" - writes adjective 3) Adjectives -ed 4) Elicit what the singer is describing - "What is he telling us?" 5) T says and writes "It describes how someone feels" 6) Writes another line from the song - "I bore myself..." "What kind of word is 'to bore'?" 7) Write Verb in the first column 8) T asks sts "What do you think of this song?" Sts: "The song is ....." 9) T elicits an answer 10) T writes down the answer with -ing ending 11) T says and writes "It describes the thing that makes them feel that way" 12 T asks CCQ's - "Have you seen an interesting TV programme recently?" 13) In the second column T asks and writes "Is there anything that you are fascinated by?"

Exercise 1: (1-2 minutes) • To identify what kind of programmes the people are watching in the pictures.

Teacher shall share the handouts. Sts shall look at the pictures and the teacher shall elicit the answers from students as asked in the activity.

Exercise 2: (2-3 minutes) • Sts shall complete the descriptions in A with the adjectives in B

A B 1 the tennis match is very... a) terrified 2 the women are very... b) terrifying 3 the children are very... c) exciting 4 the film is... d) excited

CCQ's for Vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • To have students review the vocabulary they're about to be tested on in Practice 1 with CCQ's.

Following Exercise 2 the teacher shall concept check for adjectives presented in Practice 1. T shall elicit the meaning of the -ed/-ing adjectives through the following questions: 1) "Has anything shocking happened on the news lately?" 2) "What do you find pleasing to do on weekends?" 3) "Do you find English grammar confusing?" 4) "Do you find driving in Istanbul frustrating?" 5) "What is the most amazing thing you've seen?" 6) "What was the last film you saw that was really inspiring?" 7) "How many times have you been annoyed at your boss?" 8) "Has anyone dissapointed you lately?" 9) "What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?"

Practice 1: (3-5 minutes) • This exercise aims to drill the use and meaning of -ed/-ing adjectives covered so far

Sts shall read each sentence and choose the correct adjective to complete the sentences. Teacher shall monitor while sts work. Teacher shall check answers as whole class Answers: 1) shocking 2) pleased 3) confusing 4) annoyed 5) embarrassing 6) amazing 7) disappointing 8) inspiring

Practice 2: (5-7 minutes) • To get students in pairs and practice using adjectives in speech to formulate target language.

Sts will be asked to get in pairs and discuss how they would feel in the situations listed in the handout. The teacher shall monitor the discussions one by one.

Boardgame: -ed/-ing adjectives (7-10 minutes) • To further drill the use of adjectives practiced in the lesson in the form of a game

Sts get in groups of 3 Student rolls the dice Student that lands on a square has to answer the question using TL (other students can ask them) First student to reach 'FINISH' wins the game.

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