Andy Andy

Verb + Preposition Collocations
Pre Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice verb + preposition collocations in the context of asking for advice

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about relationships in the context of asking for advice


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

Share the screen so Ss see the prompt: "Share an experience you had where you gave a friend or family member advice." T sends Ss to breakout rooms to discuss and T monitors each breakout room. Afterwards, Ss share to the entire class.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Ss read the text, and afterwards T will assign each S a slide on the Google Slides to individually complete the activity. On the slides, Ss will rearrange each sentence in chronological order based on the text. T elicit Ss responses.

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

T writes down sentences from the gist activity. T elicit Ss responses on the meaning of the sentences. Some example CCQs include: Did he write to Lilybelle? (yes) Does he want something from Lilybelle? (yes) Is Mark relaxed? (no) Is Mark nervous? (yes). T creates a T-chart and writes the verbs on the left side along with their corresponding preposition collocations on the right. T elicits Ss responses on the word forms and their commonalities/relationships (it is a verb + preposition form). T explains that verb + preposition forms are sometimes collocations and therefore must be memorized. T breaks down the form for each collocation. T asks Ss to identify the stress on the verb + preposition collocations and calls on individual Ss to drill pronunciation.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss individually work on the Google Form where they fill in the blanks with either the appropriate verb or preposition. Ss then discuss their answers in breakout rooms as T monitors. Afterwards, Ss return to the main room and class discussion and feedback ensues.

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

Ss go onto the Padlet to write a message giving advice to a friend or family member. After Ss finish writing, T calls on a few Ss to share. T then conducts delayed error correction.

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