Alexa Alexa

Possessive pronouns / Whose
A2+ - B1 level


In this lesson students learn about the possessive pronouns and whose through guided discovery based on a conversation model. The lesson starts with conversations. This is followed by the grammar explanation. Finally there is some controlled practice through sentence reformulation.


Abc Board
Abc Notebook
Abc Student's book, page 115
Abc Student's book, page 114

Main Aims

  • Return someone else's property

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of possessive nouns in the context of Ethics and values


Warmer/Lead-in (10-15 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Before Ss read and listen to the conversation, give them a minute to study the picture. Then tell them to close their books. Ask questions. Have Ss read and listen to the conversation. Ask questions to check comprehension. Have Ss role-play the conversation.

Exposure (15-20 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Have Ss read the first three lines in the Grammar box and the examples. Ask what are the words replacing. Hold up a book and say "The book is mine". Give the book to a student and repeat the example.Have Ss continue passing the book and answering the question "Whose book is this?" Go over the chart comparing subject pronouns, possessive adjectives, and possessive pronouns and the examples. Read the be careful note to differentiate possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns.

Highlighting (10-15 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Have Ss replace the noun phraes with possessive pronouns. To model the task, focus on item 6. Draw Ss's attention to the words that are crossed out. Tell Ss to pay particular attention and not be deceived by the possessive adjectives that precede the nouns. Have Ss complete the task in pairs. Review answers with the class, by asking Ss to read the correct sentences aloud.

Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Have Ss complete the conversations by circling the correct adjectives and pronouns. Begin by reminding Ss that a possessive adjective is followed by a noun, and a possessive pronoun is not. After Ss complete the statements and questions, tell them to compare answers with a partner. Review answers by calling on pairs to read the conversations.

Controlled Practice (10-15 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Have Ss listen to the conversations and complete each statement with a possessive pronoun. Before Ss listen, have them skim the statements. As Ss prepare to listen, tell them to pay attention if a male or female is speaking and if the person speaking refers to one or two people.

Semi-Controlled Practice (20-25 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Have Ss change the conversation model to role-play returning the items in the pictures. Have Ss role-play the activity for the class.

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