TP6a -- Countables vs Uncountables re: Foods
To provide clarification and practice of countable and uncountable nouns in the context of foods as part of a 'miracle diet.'
To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a role-play in the context of giving and receiving advice for a diet.
Procedure (42-50 minutes)
Have Ss count countable foods. Elicit other words for the given # to check that ss are capable using "a/an" and "some" for pluralized nouns, e.g. "some bananas" or "an egg". Have Ss count uncountable foods, arriving at the problem: we can't. Use WB to distinguish between Countable and Uncountable nouns, eliciting/providing the criteria. W/C have Ss decide whether food items from previous lesson are countable or uncountable. Model and drill.
Give Ss worksheet and have them do first two sections (1-9). Have pair check, then compare answers with answer key. Monitor for endemic problems to give needed clarification. Model and Drill key phrases. On WB, elicit/provide rule for negative (any vs. some). Have Ss do third section, pair check, then compare with answer key. Give clarification as needed.
Have Ss do semi-controlled sentence-completion HO to consolidate understanding of usage of determiners with C's vs UC's, working in pairs. Monitor for endemic errors, but elicit/confirm rules regardless. Refer Ss to back of page, a take-home HO, to draw attention to rules. Connect Rules 1 + 2 with WB discovery work.
To prepare Ss for speaking activity, convert prompts on WB preceding nouns to imperatives and questions, e.g. "Eat:", "Don't eat:", "You can't eat:", "You can eat:", and "Can I eat?". Explain role-play - Ss will design a 'miracle diet' as nutritionist and try to go on a diet as dieter. Give time to design miracle diet on HO, then give time to read their dieter roles. Pair Ss and have them alternate roles, about 3 mins per role (6 mins per pair). Take W/C FB on whether the proposed miracle diet was a good fit for the dieter. Rotate pairs. If too few students, give new roles: get Obama/Putin into shape, prescribe healthy diet for a pregnant woman, etc. Monitor for grammar use for delayed EC, helping formulate on the spot as appropriate. After exercise, solicit FB on content and do delayed EC.
If time permits, elicit/provide rule re: uncountables and singular verb conjugation and have Ss do final section of worksheet to consolidate rule in a controlled-practice exercise. Have Ss peer-check and refer to answer key. If more time permits, do Workbook Ex. 4 by reading dialogue and humming gaps, having W/C provide missing word (any, some, a/an). Give Ss M4 - uncountable conversions.