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Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about verb-noun collocations in the context of achievements and hard work.


Abc Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate
Abc Google Slides Presentation
Abc Worksheet - Word Document

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, learners will have learned a practiced new lexis, specifically verb-noun collocations in the context of achievements and hard work..

Subsidiary Aims

  • Learners will have practiced their reading skills, and will have practiced their fluency for speaking in the freer practice activity.


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To engage learners and activate their previous knowledge of topic area

- T displays a pictures of achievements - T attempts to elicit “hard work” or “do a lot of hard work”. What verb do we use with hard work? - T asks students to look at the picture and predict what they think the lesson will be about. - T shows topic of the lesson. Do you remember what a collocation is?

Presentation through the text (6-9 minutes) • To introduce learners to the TL

- T shows PPT slide with reading, and provides the Word Document worksheet for the class. - Instructions: Open chat and look at the worksheet. Read the text QUICKLY and answer the question. You have a minute and a half. - ICQs: How long do you have? (1.5 mins) - T assigns Ss to groups. - In groups, Ss answer gist question. - Ss discuss answers in groups - T conducts OCFB

Clarification/MFP (10-12 minutes) • To cover MPF of key language to aid completion of tasks

- T reviews MPF of verb-noun collocations. - T asks students to use the word document to match meanings to different verbs. - Instructions: Open chat and look at the worksheet. Read the text QUICKLY and answer the question. You have a minute and a half. - ICQs: How long do you have? (1.5 mins) - Make: Sentence: Actually, I want to make a difference in the world. Meaning: When we create or construct something. (Covered in matching task) CCQs: Are we trying to change the world? (Yes) Are we creating a positive thing or a negative thing? (Positive) Associated nouns: What else can you make? Show next slide, elicit some answers, then show associated nouns. (a noise, a mistake, an effort, make a mess, make money) Pronunciation: /meɪk ə ˈdɪfərəns/ - Focus on this one, but do a couple choral drills with the other collocations. - Do: Sentence: I do my best every day Meaning: Used for general activities. CCQs: Do we do activities through the day? (Yes) If we do our best, are we trying to do those activities as hard as we can? (Yes) Maybe, if there’s a problem- compare with make an effort- Associated nouns: What else can you do? something, nothing, your hair Pronunciation: /du maɪ bɛst/ - Win: Winning awards Sentence: I hope you remember me when you’re winning awards! Meaning: To be successful or victorious, or to achieve something CCQs: N/a Associated nouns: an award, a final, a competition Pronunciation: /ˈwɪnɪŋ əˈwɔrdz/ - Cope with: …but I have to cope with a difficult boss. Sentence: Meaning: Deal effectively with something hard or challenging CCQs: Is it hard for us to work with this boss? (Yes) Do we do it successfully or unsuccessfully? (Successfully) Pronunciation: Associated nouns: - Set: I hope I can set a good example. Sentence: Meaning: To put or bring into a specified state CCQs: Is Pronunciation: Associated nouns: a good example, free, a world record

Controlled Practice (9-11 minutes) • To provide controlled practice of the language

- T refers to the Word Document, shares his screen. Instructions: Open the worksheet. Go here [show it on your screen]. Answer the questions. You have 4 minutes. [After time has passed] Check your answers in groups. - Ss answer individually. Ss check answers in pairs. - T conducts OCFB.

Freer Practice (7-9 minutes) • To allow students to use the language in a communicative task

Instructions: Talk with your friends about a time when you worked very hard or achieved something in your life. Use some of the language from class today. - T demos with a student. Octavio /Arturo- "Have you ever had to cope with a difficult boss?" You have 4 minutes.

Feedback (4-6 minutes) • To provide learners with feedback on the completion of the task and language

- T conducts OCFB following up on the productive stage. - T writes on the screen samples of Ss’ production and performs DEC, attempting to elicit accurate language from Ss.

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