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Judging people by their appearance
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn about present modals of deduction including can't, might, may and must. The grammar lesson is presented through a context of judging people by their appearances via a receptive skill of reading for gist .


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of using modal verbs in deduction through reading an authentic text in the context of judging by their appearance

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of vocabularies used to describe peoples' jobs in the context of judging them by their appearance


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

-T shows Ss 2 pics and ask Ss " What do you think his/her nationality is?his job?his age? -Ss response.

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

-T asks Ss to look at the picture on page 42 and match each woman's appearance with what people think about her? -Ss Match. -Ss swap papers and check their answers for each other .

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

-T asks Ss to read text and answer the questions. Which women is judge by her appearance? which women is judge by her name?

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

-T write on the WB the examples from the text * I might be a teacher" *" Yoy can't be a policeman" *" You must be the Body Shop woman's daughter" *" I must be a 50 years old woman" --T elicits the meaning and ask CCQs: 1-(Might) Is the past form of the modal verb it's used deduction and marking conclusion to express possibility. Are they sure? No. Do they have evidence? No. Is she a teacher? No. 2-(Can't) It's the negative form of can, It's used to make deduction and conclusion to express impossibility. Are they sure? No. Do they have evidence? No. Is it true? No. 3-(Must) It's a modal verb used to make deduction when you're certain and usually have evidence about your conclusion. Are they sure? Yes. Do they have evidence? Yes (her name) Were they right? Yes 4-(May) It's a modal verb used to make the deduction and it indicates a possibility that something is true but you can't be certain. Are they sure? No. Do they have evidence? No. -T model and drill chorally and individually. -T elicits ( part of speech, stress , syllable and IPA)

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

-T shows Ss different pictures about different people and ask them to work in pair and use the modal verbs to form sentences about them according to their appearances. (age/nationality/job) -Ss work in pairs/ write sentences. -T monitors. -Peer checking.

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

-T asks Ss to work in pair, each partner tell the other one about their assumption when they saw each other for the first time. -Ss work in pairs (swap each partner) "when I saw you I said to my self, you must/can't/might be ... "

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