Khaled Alsomali Khaled Alsomali

Verb phrases (play the guitar etc)
Elementary level


This lesson is based on TV shows like The X Factor, where amateur musicians compete in the hope of winning and becoming famous. The lesson starts with the introduction of more verb phrases. Then a picture story of a contestant waiting for her first audition


Abc English File - Elementary
Abc Google pictures

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of verb + collocate in the context of TV competition

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide deduction listening practice using a recording about verb phrases in the context of TV competition


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- T greets Ss - T explains the term "collocation".

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- T elicits collocations by displays some pictures for Ss to guess collocates. (have breakfast, do homework, make money) etc. In exercise 1 Vocabulary - T tells Ss to match the verbs in blue to the words/phrases in green.

Clarification (2-4 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- T explains, For example, in English I “do exercise” not “make exercise”: “do” collocates with “exercise.”

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

In exercise 2 Listening. - T asks Sts if you watch this kind of programme and why (not)? - T tells Ss to explain the pictures - T asks Ss to read the questions 1-9 in 1 min. - after listening to the recording Ss answer the questions in pairs. -T put Ss in pairs to give each singer a score. - Ss then listen to recording 5.3 to guess which singer they want to win a place in the show. - In the last recording 5.4, elicit what the judges said about each person

Free Practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- In this activity, students begin by completing some collocations associated with free time activities. (in pairs or in groups)

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