Mei Na Mei Na

Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will be exposed to the multi-word verbs such as phrasal verb and preposition verb, separable and inseparable. T will first test Ss's prior knowledge on multi-word verbs with an exercise. Then, T will explain the function of the TL by providing more examples and drill the pronunciation. At the end of the lesson, Ss will be tested again with a reading for gist exercise about Maya Angelou to check their understanding of the TL. They will have to write the correct multi-word verbs to match the definition.


Abc HO1
Abc Matching activity 1 (Teach)
Abc Write the correct multi-word verbs (Test2)

Main Aims

  • For student to understand and use the multi-word verbs for accuracy.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide reading for gist practice of multi-word verbs in the context of an African-American writer and actress Maya Angelou.


Warmer: Six words story (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Revise the previous topic by asking Ss to share their own six word story. T write it down on the slide and provide feedback. Elicit the TL by praising Ss with multi-word verbs e.g. "keep it up", "try out" the next activity.

Test #1: Look for the multi-word verbs and explain the meaning. (5-8 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

T show 4 sentences on the screen, Ss will be working individually to look for the multi-word verbs and send the answers to the T privately in the group chat. Ask Ss to further explain the meaning of the multi-word verbs by giving some examples. T then review and discuss the answer with the class.

Teach: Explain the TL, drill pronunciation and check their understanding with matching task (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

T explain the TL and show the phonemic symbol to drill the pronunciation, especially the liaison. Next, T send the link of the matching task and ask Ss to work in pairs and match the correct multi-word verbs with the meaning.

Test #2: Practice reading for gist and match the meaning with the correct multi-word verbs (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

T shows an article about Maya Angelou on the screen and ask Ss to practice reading for gist. Then, T will send a link to Ss and ask them to answer the questions individually. Ss will be writing the correct multi-word verbs from the article which match the definition in the activity. In addition, Ss will have to change the form of the multi-word verbs from the article into infinitive e.g. "grew up" - "grow up" (infinitive).

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