Dan Harris Dan Harris

Copy of Introduce and practice possessive adjectives
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students are introduced to possessive adjectives and how they might be used within a sentence. Once this has been reenforced through the controlled practice of sentence reformulation, working either in pairs or as a whole class, the students are introduced to the difficulties that might arise from the confusion between the contracted subject pronoun + the verb To be and its corresponding possessive adjective. Practice of their combine use is explored through group exercises and role play between pairs of students. The lesson finishes with a free practice via a final role play speaking activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Possessive adjectives in the context of acquiring information about other people

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide controlled speaking practice of the target language.


Warmer/ Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To introduce the use of Possessive adjectives in an informal context.

- Introduce myself by asking "Do you remember my name? and follow up by asking individual students , "Do you know his name?" "What is your name?" - Short game. Fill a bag with items from students and bring them out one at a time asking "Is this your pen"? "Is this your book?"

Introduce Possessive Adjectives (4-5 minutes) • Fact building on the different Possessive adjectives

Write down on WB list of Subject pronouns and below their corresponding possessive adjectives. Give definition and rules of use.

Quick oral practice exercise (4-5 minutes) • To establish a first link between the list of subject pronouns (SP)and their corresponding Possessive adjectives (PA).

Give a demo of the use of both SP and PA such as I like my sandwich or You like your salad, pointing to the relevant word on the board as you go and then ask the students to come up with their own examples.

Spot the mistakes (3-5 minutes) • Highlight mistakes that might be made by the students

Write down on the WB some sentences with mistakes and ask the students and ask for them to provide corrections. Linda has a new car - His car has two doors. Do you know where me book is? This is my book and that is your. (your book) Ask the students to explain why the sentences are wrong.

Introducing contracted subject pronouns + Verb To be (5-10 minutes) • For the students to be aware of the different spelling and use of these similar sounding words and how to use them in a sentence

Write on WB the list of the contractions below their corresponding possessive adjectives. Get student to practice in pairs Exercise 1 followed by answers and corrections.

Language school role play dialogue (8-10 minutes) • To provide controlled speaking practice in the target language

With the help of the hand out, and after using the right option, student will role play the text in pairs. If time their will be a pair of demonstrating students with a third student pointing on the board the correct use of the word.

Speaking exercise (5-8 minutes) • To get the students to mingle and ask each other questions with reference to the previous lesson

Write on WB Sample questions and answers. My name ..... What is your name. My phone number is .... What is your Email? My name is..... Do you know her name? Move around the room and listen into their conversation and language accuracy.

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