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Describing life events
Intermediate level


In this lesson students learns how to describe life events.


Abc handout activity
Abc images
Abc Guided discovery tasks designed by the teacher.

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of vocabulary in the context of describing life events.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking in the context of describing life events.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Showing a picture of a famous character, ask Ss about what they know about this person. What is his name? What is his profession? where is he from? when did he died? Do know any of his work? Do know any interesting information about his life? and ask them to find a famous person that they know about his/her life and write some notes about him/her. Pair work. Monitor. ask two of them to speak about this person to the class.

Test #1 (15-17 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Ss will be asked to do exercise 1(a), chest the paper and tell them match this sentences to their correct categories. Demonstrate"change job", where do you think we should put "change job" here? Give them time to do the exercise. Monitor. Pair Check. feedback. Move exercise 1(2) ask them what do they think, what comes before what, do you get married first or get you get a job first, tell your partner, and discuses together which of this you did and which you didn't, I've been to university and I didn't get a job. Pair work. Monitor. Language feedback if needed. Then moving to exercise 2, This events here which do you think is a good thing and which is not? Demonstrate"fail your exam" with them. Pair check. Monitor. Feedback. Then in an open discussion ask them which of these goes to in exercise 1(a).

Teach (15-17 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first stage.

Then elicit with Ss the vocabulary, using CCQs and some pictures. The phrases will be written on the board after eliciting each one, then drill with them. bring up your children "if you've got a child you want to teach him what's wrong and what's right, this we call?". rent a house " when you stay at someone else's house and you pay for staying, we call this?". get promoted "when you get a bigger position or rank at work, we call this?". retire "when someone's over 60 years old and no longer working, we call him?". get engaged show a picture, ”what do you think is going here, did she say yes? Then what is next?” pregnant, show a picture ”what do we call this?” gave birth, "when the baby is born we say?". Named after ”when the baby is here and he has the same name as this great grandfather we call this action?”. move house, show a picture ” what do you think is going here? so that means that they?* split up " what happens when to are in a relationship and no longer want to continue this relation?". Then explain that split up and get a divorce are similar only that if you're in a relationship like engaged or something you can't get a divorce. Eliciting: are split up and get a divorce are the same? so do married people split up? and engaged people do they get a divorce. Lose your job is it the same as quitting?, so quitting means that you left willingly and lose that you were forced to leave or fired! Pass away, ”when someone is no longer alive and you want to tell someone that news you say that he...?”.

Test #2 (10-12 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Then Move to exercise 3 page 138 students-book. You will work on this to get points, each two of you They will be asked to do activities 1&2 at once. Which of this phrases need an (a), demonstrate buy a house. And the second activity "which here doesn't take (get)?, demonstrate children. Give them time to finish. Monitor. Then ask them for activity 3 to match the verb with the correct noun or adjective, demonstrate become. give them time to be done. Monitor. Then ask them to move to activity 4, fill the gabs here with to, with or from. You can use your dictionaries. Pair check for their answers. feedback collect your points.

Free practice (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Semi controlled practice: Students will be working in pairs, each pair will take a situation to make a conversation of it, they'll be given keywords to build up the conversations. They'll told to create a conversation of at least 5 sentences for this situation. Group 1: Someone is giving birth and you're going to visit in the hospital. Keywords: pregnant, named after, bring up. Group 2: the life of a famous writer from your imagination. Keywords: got a degree, got married, passed away. Freer practice: show them a date on the board and let them guess what life event in my life this could be? and ask them to do the same in pairs and write as much dates as they want. extra freer practice"optional":let them ask my about my live events, when did i graduate?.

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