Alexander Bejarano Alexander Bejarano

Relative Clauses
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson, students are introduced to and practice relative clauses. They begin with some simple relative clause introductory activity. After that they do a listening activity for gist and get familiarized with relative clauses. Then we cover meaning, form and pronunciation. After that they do an activity to differentiate defining and non-defining relative clauses. Followed by a writing activity where they have to complete the relative clauses given.


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Main Aims

  • Aims: To introduce and practice relative clauses

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist listening practice using an audio Colombia is Passion


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

Begin with a question - What is something that you are passionate about?

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

Students will listen to a Colombia is Passion video where they have to listen for the gist. It also has many examples of relative clauses in the video. After the video we'll complete a worksheet with relative clauses.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The students will be introduced to the different relative pronouns and how they are formed from a worksheet related to the video Colombia is Passion.

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

Students will go over relative clauses and some examples of defining and non defining relative from the course book.

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

Students will do an activity individually within context of when they have to use defining and non-defining relative clauses. This will help them understand the context better.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Students will receive a relative clause and they have to come up with the rest of the sentence.

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

We will play a speaking game called taboo with a powerpoint presentation where one student must minimize the window so they can't see what I am projecting on Zoom. The other students describe the picture using relative clauses. The student that can't see what I am projecting has to guess what the other students are describing.

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