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Around Town, Grammar -Using can for possibility
Beginners level


In this lesson, students will learn how to use the word "can" for possibility. The lesson will starts with a recap/discussion about yesterday's lesson about 'around town.' This is followed by an introduction to today's topic using can for possibility. Once the students understand the topic, they will move on to several types of activities.


Abc Exercises on page 41

Main Aims

  • To introduce using the words 'can' and 'can't' for possibility in the context of around the town.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To write for accuracy about things you can and can't do in the town.


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

The warmer will be a quick recap of yesterday's lesson. This will set the context and will help students with today's lesson. The recap will be a discussion on what they remember and going over key vocabulary essential with the current lesson. I will start with a sentence of what I remember, for example, "We can play tennis and football at the sports center," and then the student will go around and take turns forming sentences.

Highlighting Possibilty (2-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Start with asking students what they know about the word can? Ss will probably mention what they can do T mentions that can be used for ability and explains T introduces that can also can be used for possibility T ask if they know the meaning. T asks Ss questions relating to the possibility to help them understand the word. Slides 3-6

Exercise 1 (1 minutes) • To see if the students understand Can = it is possible

Students will be given a quick exercise to check their understanding. Students will need to underline the correct answer. This should be straightforward as they did a few as a class Slide 7

Quick read through yesterdays text (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with background information.

Students will be given three minutes to read yesterday's text again. Slide 8

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will be asked to complete sentences about the Little Free Library and the underwater post office using 'can' and 'cant'. Students will do this individually ( 2mins). Students will also discuss their answers in pairs (2mins) Students will then return to the main room for feedback.

Clarification (2-4 minutes) • To clarify the pronunciation of the target language

Students will have a few minutes repeating the correct pronunciation of can and can't as they will be doing a listening activity. This will help Ss to be able to notice the differences which help them in the next exercise

Listening task 1 (3-5 minutes) • To see if the students can detect the differences in pronunciation and stress

Students will listen to a recording in which they will need to underline the correct answer. This task will need Ss to detect which word is stressed and which one isn't. T will play recording twice. Ss do it individually then share answers with a partner. T will show correct answer slide 11 and 12.

Listening Exercise 2 (3-6 minutes) • For students to able to tell whether a sentence is positive,negative or a question.

Students will listen to a recording twice and write whether the sentences they heard were positive, negative, or a question. 13 =14

semi controlled (8-10 minutes) • to concept check further and prepare students for freer activity.

Ss will choose vocab from a table and would need to come up with two sentences. After they are done, Ss will pair up and read their description to the partner to help them guess the place without using the word.

Free Practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free speaking practice of the target language

Students will think of a place. Partners will form questions using can for example " can you buy..' Can you play' unit they guess the answer in mind.

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