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TP3- To infinitive - Language
Pre-intermediate level


Abc Questions for Freer practice
Abc Interactive presentation for lead-in

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the use of to infinitive to express purpose or to complement the meaning of a verb or an adjective, e.g. "buy a campervan to travel", "find it difficult to understand', "wanted to go travelling"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in a conversation in the context of wanting to make changes in life. To practice the sound of the schwa and try to identify weak forms in sentences. To start learning about linking.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T. will suggest that since it is the third lesson of the day and we are tired, we should escape to a paradisiac island instead. Then, T. will show a video of the sea on a shore and ask two questions: Do you want TO ESCAPE to paradise? Are you sad TO MISS your English class? Then SS should quickly run around their homes and bring one item they would take with them to this island. Tt will ask why they brought the item and elicit answers of purpose (to protect my eyes from the sun, to have something to eat...)

Text work (exposure and highligting) (5-7 minutes) • To provide context and have Ss notice the TL

Ss will very briefly have to skim a paragraph and discuss the topic of the text Then Ss should answer some questions on a text filling in the blanks (in BOR) With this activity, Ss will help extract the marker sentences at the same time as reading for more specific information.

Clarification of Meaning (5-6 minutes) • To guide students to discover meaning in target language

T. will use the lead-in as an example and mention that sometimes some verbs and adjectives don't carry enough meaning by themselves and need to complement it. T.should also briefly exemplify what purpose means. Ss will have time in BOR to do a matching activity between three marker sentences and the three possible uses of to-infinitive OCFB CCQ to summarize

Clarification of form (6-8 minutes) • To guide students to recognize form in target language

Students will have time in BOR to do a different matching activity between marker sentences and form OCFB FCQ to clarify further aspects (exclude bare infinitive and check fixed or interchangeable positions)

Clarification of pronunciation (6-8 minutes) • To guide students to identify pronunciation in target language

T. will remind them about what they practice during our last lesson about sentence stress and weak forms. Ss will have time in BOR to listen to some short audios and try to identify the schwa sound in weak forms in our TL OCFB Then Tt will show an example of linking (and eliciting) using TL. Model and drill. Finally, SS should practice reading the phonemic translation of the other MS (focusing on remembering the schwa sounds) T. might call attention to some of the phonemes.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss will play a game in BOR to choose between two options (using meaning, form, and context) to try to get to the top of a mountain with their correct answers. OCFB

Free Practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss will personalize the lesson using the context presented by the lead-in and the text. T. will provide a topic (and example questions to guide them) to freely discuss in BOR Have you ever felt you wanted TO CHANGE your life? For example… Have you ever actually wished TO ESCAPE to a desert island? Have you ever felt that you needed TO DO something TO GET a new job? Or have you ever decided TO MOVE to another city...? Or have you ever wanted TO BECOME a famous singer or actor…? OCFB

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