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TP5a -- Adjectives of Feelings -- Valdes 6-11
Elementary level


In this lesson, Ss consolidate vocabulary of adjectives to describe feelings in the context of football and practice them in semi-controlled speaking. First ss engage with the context and review/learn key lexis. Then ss practice listening for inference to discern the emotional states of five speakers. Then the ss practice formulating questions about feelings, preparing them for the semi-controlled speaking activity which follows.


Abc M2 - Controlled Exercises
Abc M3 - Feelings Bingo
Abc M1 - Listening for Inference Order

Main Aims

  • To review and extend Ss' vocabulary of adjectives to describe feelings and to give practice in them.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in listening for inference and in semi-controlled speaking.


Lead-in + Pre-teach (12-13 minutes) • To set lesson context and activate schemata about feeling adjectives, testing Ss' lexical set

Introduce context of the feelings that people feel during a football match. After setting context, have Ss discuss in pairs the emotions people can feel during a football match, trying to list 4. Monitor and take FB. Elicit happy, nervous, angry, bored, sad using pictures/drawings/miming, following ECDW framework to clarify MFP as needed.

Inference Listening (9-10 minutes) • To practice listening for inference

Ss listen to infer emotional state of speakers. They work alone to match speaker with feeling. Repeat listening as needed, having Ss discuss in groups between each. Demo first. After 2 or 3 listenings as needed, have pairs compare answers, give W/C FB, and if Ss need help understanding "how we knew", i.e. how we inferred the answers from the audio, consider revisiting specific audio clips to find the clue (tone, situation, surrounding words, etc.)

Controlled Practice: Formulate questions (6-7 minutes) • To practice formulation of questions related to feeling adjectives

Give Ss Ex. 2. First is done for them. Then have Ss peer-check. Take W/C FB and backchain difficult formulations to prepare Ss for following speaking exercise in which they ask peers questions.

Speaking: Feelings Bingo (8-9 minutes) • To give students practice asking and speaking about feelings

Give Ss Feelings Bingo cards and have them mingle to ask peers questions re: their feelings (e.g., Are you excited for the World Cup?). The winner is the student who completes a full line - but verify with the people named on their card W/C before declaring winner! Monitor for delayed EC in next stage.

Feedback (5-6 minutes) • To give ss additional practice speaking about feelings and do delayed EC

After Feelings Bingo take Ss FB on content, reporting their findings W/C -- e.g., who is happy in the mornings? who is excited for the world cup? etc. -- and then do delayed EC on key language items and formulations. If time, do second controlled exercise, or elicit synonyms of TL on WB.

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