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Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about and practice using collocations with verbs and prepositions in the context of the American judicial system.


Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice collocations with verbs and prepositions in the context of the American Judicial System.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of crimes and court systems
  • To provide practice of simple past in the context of the American Judicial System.


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

Students are prompted to discuss the following 2 questions in pairs. Do you always follow the law or do you occasionally break the rules (not stopping at stop signs or traffic lights, speeding, breaking some coronavirus restrictions, littering, downloading things illegaly, etc.)? Do you know anyone who frequently breaks the law? What does he/she do?

Exposure: Text Work (gist) and Task (10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Students read the text and answer short answer questions in google forms.

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

Teacher goes over MFPA with students trying to achieve dynamism and participation using a prepared Google Slides presentation.

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

Using a google forms, students match the correct verb/preposition to the questions provided, filling in the blanks.

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

Students are given the opportunity to practice Lexis and apply it to their real life. The following questions are projected via Google Slides: Have you ever protested against something? What is something you had difficulty coping with? What is something you succeeded in doing and you are particularly proud of? What jobs/positions would you like to apply to if you could? What is something in you life that has been reduced to less than it was recently? (free time, salary, freedom, social contact, etc.) Class will then to content feedback with the whole class followed by Language Feedback (DEC)

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