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Vocabulary Wedding Bells
Pre-Intermediate level


Students will be introduced to new vocabulary through anecdotes and different activities with the opportunity to practice the new lexis.


Abc Adapted Gap Fill Handout 1
Abc Powerpoint
Abc Adapted Fill in the Blank
Abc Adapted Sentences and Speaking

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss clarification and practice of words about getting married in the context of weddings.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of weddings.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Have students stand. Play 20-25 seconds of Uc Ayak Turk Halay. (Wedding dance). Where do you normally hear this song? (at a wedding) Here's some questions. Answer the questions in your groups. You have three minutes. What do you normally do at a Turkish wedding? Have you ever been to a foreign wedding? How was it different?

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

Show a picture of me at a wedding. Do an anecdote to introduce students to some of the target lexis. "Last weekend I went to my friend's wedding. The bride and groom are my best friends in Turkey. During the ceremony, they made a promise to love each other. After the ceremony, we had a reception where the guests took pictures and ate food. For their honeymoon, my friends will go to Antalya to the beach. Introduce adapted activity 2: Have them try to fill in the blanks on their own. Listen to the recording to check answers. Peer check. Elicit feedback on the board.

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

Show pictures of different target words on the screen. Elicit feedback for words in the pictures. This will also help cover the meaning of the words as they associate it with a real item/picture. Write words on the board as they say them. If they struggle have them work in their groups to write them down.

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation. After the first two exercises students should have a good idea on meaning but do a quick check with 1 or 2 CCQs. Words on the board have some letters missing. Have the students tell me the correct letters. Ask about part of speech. Is it a noun or an adjective? Drill for pronunciation. Be aware that sounds like gr and br in groom and bride will be difficult for L1 Turkish speakers. Counting syllables. Drill the 7 new words.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Have students work through wk act. 1 Adapted fill in the blank alone. (2-3 minutes). Students just have first letter of the word. Peer check (1-2 min). Elicit feedback (1-2 minutes). Be aware here if you have heard problems with pronunciation to drill the words again after feedback.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Introduce Activity 4. Have students write down answers to questions from the coursebook (3-4 min) Practice with the person next to them (2 min) Re-group into new pairs or groups of 3. Have them mingle around the room and answer the questions on the walls without using their notes to help them practice real life conversations with each other. If time, have them switch partners and do it again.

(Optional) Free Practice (4-6 minutes) • To give students practice conversing in a free way without preparation

*If there is a lot of time left over Have students get in pairs. Pretend you are in England or America and your partner only speaks English. Explain to them what happens at a Turkish wedding. Switch.

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