Dru Sutton Dru Sutton

Intermediate level


This lesson will be focused on teaching lexis with a focus on collocations that related to the malfunctioning and repairing of technology.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of collocations in the context of technology and machines

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in skimming for specific information in a text.


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

The lead-in will ask the following questions and have the students answer them in BORs: Does technology ever drive you crazy? What kind of problems have you experienced with technology? These questions were chosen to prod students to start using some words related to technology breaking.

Exposure (5-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

This stage will have students read a text individually and identify all the verbs where technology appears. The text is one specifically written to be inclusive of all the words. This will give students exposure to the collocations in context before MPF(A) are taught. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ba2cTIrXEdtkX1XmsgYnvzgw_EbUAzMga0ivzL6hMnY/edit?usp=sharing Students will then be called on to identify one word they found that relates to something breaking or being fixed. I will ask them to say a new one that other students have. If there are 7 or less students everyone gets a turn. If someone doesn't get the opportunity, I will call on them for a later activity to give them the opportunity to speak.

Useful Language (12-12 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

This stage will go over 7 collocations that relate to the operation of various machines and devices. In the first part students will have a Google Jamboard which will give them the chance to match words to their meaning. This will be done in BORs. https://jamboard.google.com/d/1V4bDox8xX64nRgyH2iYdo8cAWx7HTm9FG1lyo8hRKE8/edit?usp=sharing The next part of meaning will be done as a class. I will ask them MCQs from the Google Slideshow to test their understanding of the words. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ba2cTIrXEdtkX1XmsgYnvzgw_EbUAzMga0ivzL6hMnY/edit?usp=sharing For form I thought it would be good to ask the class if there was anything they noticed about the words. Since all are in verbal form, I want to probe to see if they recognize that they are collocations (they are not technically all phrasal verbs, but I am just looking for the observation that all of them are multi-word verbs). Pronunciation will consist of first me asking the students to repeat the words after me. Then they will be asked which of two choices is the proper pronunciation by writing their answers in the chat. The options will be on Google Slides. Appropriacy won't be examined since all words are applicable to both formal and informal contexts.

Controlled Practice (12-12 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students will be given a Google Forms link where they will first individually fill-in-the-blanks with the appropriate word (making sure to match tense and agreement). All the words are included in a word bank at the top. Once students have gone over this individually, they will have the opportunity to check their answers in BORs. After some time doing this, I will go over the answers quickly as a class and ask if there are any questions. https://forms.gle/KcR1s9ydAM2c3vtF9

Freer Practice (9-11 minutes) • To provide students and opportunity to exercise their productive language skills.

Students will now look to use what they learned in conversation. This will be done in BORs and have students discuss the following: Have you had any of the things discussed happen to you? (for example, your car broke down, your computer froze) How did you feel? Did you need to do anything to fix it, or did it sort itself out? Do you have any advice for your classmates who might have the same issue? The groups will be scrambled, and then after the newly formed groups have had a minute to talk, the lesson will wrap up with any possible DEC.

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