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ES 11-02-21
Intermediate level


In this lesson, the student is guided through the use of possessives with 's, s' and of. Self-led practice using the basic grammar rules and a gap-filling exercise will develop understanding and use. The student will then self-assess mistakes made in homework to help reenforce the learning. In the second half of the lesson, the primary aim will be on comparatives and superlatives with a subsidiary aims of developing listening skills and vocabulary for describing towns and cities.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice, review and clarification of posessives 's, s' and of

Subsidiary Aims

  • To evaluate, correct and practice pronunciation


Test • Establish the student's understanding and use of possessive 's, s' and of

Gap fill exercise: Grammar Practice for intermediate Students (Possessives 's s' and of - pgs 4-7)

Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage student

Review homework and discuss what the student found easy/difficult through open feedback. Explain that we will be going through the grammatical rules one by one together.

Teach (35-45 minutes) • To go through the grammar rules and help the student understand and apply them correctly

Show all gap fill questions along with the following grammar rules in turn. When each rule is introduced, the student is asked to select which questions the rule applies to. The student is then asked to apply the rule to fill in the gaps. Rules: 1) To indicate possession for things: expressions of time 's of s is used. 2) To indicate the possession for things, always use 'of' with the words front, top, bottom, back and end. 3) To indicate the possession for things, use 'of'. 4) For common nouns, of in not necessary and the word position changes. 5) To indicate possession for people or animals add 's to singular nouns and to plural nouns not ending in s. 6) Add ' to plural nouns ending in s Review the student's answers, question and elicit correction where needed.

Test #2 (4-6 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Give the student a new gap fill exercise to assess understanding and use of possessives: She’s a successful manager and she is good at dealing with __________ (problems customers) Her parents are Mexican and when she travels to Mexico she stays on her __________ (parents farm) ________ lives in Lima (Maria cousin) I have left the parcel round the _________ (back house) The ___________ is delicious! (smell apple pie) I’ve reached the ____________ (end book) I am carrying plates can you open the ___________ (door kitchen)

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Show student pictures on page 90 of 1000+ Pictures. Ask them to create possessive sentences based on the pictures. e.g. He is enjoying the umbrella's shade e.g. The man's sandwich is eaten by a bird

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