Daniel Campos Daniel Campos

TP3: Grammar
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students are going to understand and use relative clauses in the context of special celebrations.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of relative clauses in the context of special occasions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy when using relative clauses in discussion.


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

T shows photos of his favourite celebration and has Ss talk about the celebration they prefer.

Exposure (6-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T introduces two texts that contain target language. Students do the gist task (complete blanks with phrases), check in pairs and then in whole class.

Highlighting (1-1 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T shows three sentences from the previous text that contain the language.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

In whole class, T asks CCQs questions that focus on the use of relative clauses. While students answer, he draws arrows, lines and squares on the board for Ss to differentiate a relative clause from a relative pronoun or a noun. Then T checks comprehension by having Ss find the relative clause and pronoun in a sentence. Immediately, T works on appropriacy by showing complex sentences (with relative clauses) vs. simple sentences. He asks CCQs to establish the difference between fluent, more natural vs repetitive, more childish speech. Next, T elicits relative pronouns and shows sentences with gaps for Ss to complete with one relative pronoun. T drills pronunciation chorally and individually.

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss make oral sentences using words in boxes in breakout rooms. T elicits examples.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss complete blanks with the correct relative pronoun and check in pairs. Then T selects four sentences for Ss to make guesses about one partner in the class. T gets Ss in pairs (this was previously arranged) and Ss compare their guesses. To make the activity more communicative and realistic Ss should ask extra questions and use some of the phrases T shows on the slide. Ss return to the main room and share how many guesses were correct. Check language if necessary.

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