Kate Kate

Copy of Gerunds Lesson
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will learn about the usage of 'gerunds' through an English Culture based lesson. The main aim of the lesson is that the students will be able to produce correct grammar usage of gerunds and relate it to Turkish Culture.My sub-aims are for my students to practise both their receptive and speaking skills.


Abc Gerund Handout
Abc Gerund Handout
Abc Gerund Handout
Abc Reading Text
Abc Information HO
Abc Cartons strips
Abc Gerund Handout

Main Aims

  • Vocabulary: To provide review and practice 'gerunds' to describe Turkish Culture

Subsidiary Aims

  • Receptive and Productive Skills: To practise both reading and writing skills. To practise skimming for general meaning and scanning for specific information. To give students practise in writing.


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

* Engage Ss by asking them where I am from. * Get Ss in pairs, and ask them to discuss what they now about a stereotypical English person. Elicit answers through WCFB

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

* Tell Ss that they will read a text about a part of the English Culture. Instruct Ss to that they have 3 minutes to read and answer the question -Are English people cold or private? *Get Ss to do True / False activity (3minutes). Check answers as a class (WCFB)

Highlighting (3-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

* Write the elicited TL (from T/F activity) on the board. - They break an uncomfortable silence by talking about the weather. -Disregarding could cause offence and stop a conversation. -English people avoid talking about money. *Identify the Parts of Speech by eliciting. Highlight the TL using different colours. Once completed, elicit from Ss -ing definition. (gerund)

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

Meaning: (T-S) *Check the meaning of the TL by using CCQ. -Talking to strangers (Is this the 'verb' of the sentence?) (Am I talking to a stranger now?) (Is this 'verb' in action?) Repeat similar questions to the rest of the sentences. Ss should identify that gerunds are nouns that look like verbs. Form: (T-S) Highlight the sentences to show the following sentences. *After prepositions *As the subject of the sentence *After certain verbs Pronunciation: *Drill pronunciation by getting the Ss to repeat the sentences. (T-S)

Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

* Ask Ss to put the carton strip sentences from the text into the correct category rule. Stick the sentences on the board (GW) *Check answers on the board. Highlight the TL if necessary (WCFB) * Further check meaning by asking CCQ about the specific sentences. (Do English people spend years without speaking to strangers? Yes) (Are they physically talking at the moment? No) (Is speaking the action of the sentence? No)

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

* Instruct students to write a short paragraph describing Turkish people. (PW) Read paragraphs as a class

Extra Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Do this stage if there is extra time left * Give students HO, instruct them to complete ex 1 (gap-filling). Check answers (PW)

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