Paloma Muñoz Paloma Muñoz

Relative clauses lesson
Upper intermediate, C1. level


In this lesson, students will learn about identifying and non-identifying relative clauses, in the context of a text about power and today's society.


Abc Text

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of relative clauses in the context of a text about who holds power in society.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of politics and power.
  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about the Superclass


Lead-in • To engage the students in the topic and prepare the ground for the language

T. shows a picture with the most powerful people in the world according to Forbes magazine and asks: do you agree these are the most powerful people? what would they power consist of? Would you add any other? Ss. go into breakout rooms and discuss in groups of three the questions.

Pre-teach • To clarify blocking vocabulary

T. provides a link to a Jamboard activity to be solved in pairs. Ss. go to breakout rooms and solve the activity. They match word or phrase with word class and meaning. T. provides answer key

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

T. provides Ss. screenshots of the text. Ss. read individually for three minutes. Ss. go into breakout rooms and do an intensive reading task.

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

T. shows some sentences from the text in which the identifying relative clauses are of a different color. T. asks Ss to read the sentence without the relative clauses. CQ's Does it sound complete? Yes T. asks Ss to read only the relative clauses. CQ's Does it sound complete? No. Ss. go to Jamboard and carry out a similar activity in which they have to circle relative clauses. Ss. comeback and share their findings T. elicits form (relative pronouns and adverbs) and elicits the distinction between identifying and non-identifying relative clauses. T. elicits form by asking CQs

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

Students go to breakout rooms and fill in the gaps of 10 sentences.

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

Ss. take one minute to write their opinion on who holds the power today (using the language) and then go on to breakout rooms to read their sentence and discuss.

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