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TP 2 LP_Jagoda Ewa Smetek
Upper Intermediate level


Abc Martin Parrot, Grammar for English Language Teachers, Cambridge University Press, p.110 & p.235-240
Abc Frances Eales, Steve Oakes, SpeakOut Upper Intermediate, Pearson, p.20+21

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of verb-noun colloctions in the context of a phonecall between family members

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in verb-noun collocations


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

To lead the students into the lesson context and engage them in the topic, I will start the lesson with a prediction. I will devide them into Break Out rooms and will give them 3 minutes to discuss what they see in the pictures. They will have 2 questions to answer, What are those students doing? - They are taking an exam. What is this person trying to do? - He's trying to make a choice. This activity is a short warm-up in which they will already use two different collocations. We will do a open class feedback for 2 minutes and I will nominate students to answer.

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

I will show the students a text, a short phone-call conversation between a mother and her daughter and will ask them to read for gist and explain briefly what the text is about. This is to introduce the students into the context and to prepare them for the intensive task. Then, I will ask the students to individually read this dialogue for detail and answer the following questions in 4 minutes: 1. What does mom ask Sarah at the beginning of the call? - If she's done her homework 2. What happend to mom at work? - She made a mistake at work 3. What difficulty does mom have? - She's having trouble finding information 4. How does Sarah tell her mom not to hurry? - Take your time 5. What does mom ask Sarah to do? - Give grandma a ring The students will write five different collocations in this stage which will help them to identify the form. Students will have 2 minutes to compare in pairs and then I will nominate students for feedback.

Highlighting (1-2 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will ask students to have a closer look on the answers from the previous task and will ask them to identify similarities and to pay attention on the form. I will aks them: Which similarities can you identify? Wich words are we using? - verbs and nouns

Clarification (5-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

I will give the students 5 minutes to answer seven questions in pairs. The collocations used in this task are: do your homework, make a mistake, give instructions, take your time, have trouble, take an exam and give a ring. The following questions will help the students to discover meaning and form by themselves: 1. Can I say "I have to make my homework"? - No 2. When I am talking to my best friend and I tell him / her, "I will give you a ring, tomorrow!", what will I do? - I will call him / her tomorrow 3. Can I say "Oops, I did a mistake"? - No 4. What is the difference in saying "I am having trouble finding information" and "I am in trouble" ? - having difficulties vs. having a problem 5. What follows the verb? - noun 6. Which verbs are we using to build collocations? - do, make, take, give, have 7. What are collocations? - "Collocation" is a term used to describe two-word combinations where there is a restricted choice of which words may procede or follow which. In the open class feedback (5 minutes) meaning and form will be clarified and I will drill pronunciation.

Controlled Practice (4-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The students will have 4 minutes to individually decide which noun is the odd one out: 1. do - a problem 2. make - the housework 3. take - a noise 4. give - fun 5. have - care Students will have to think which collocations we have used already during the class and will be able to identify which noun does not collocate with which verb. The individual work is followed by a 1 minute pair check via private message on the chatbox and after that, I will nominate students to present their answers

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

I will provide students with different verb-noun collocations and will ask them to work during 5 minutes in groups. They will tell each other about their week and will use three collocations of their choice. I will nominate students to tell about their peer's week. If needed, delayed error correction will follow.

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