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TP4 Lexis SarahMagyar
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about adjectives using un-, im-, and dis- prefixes and the use of "a bit" to make negative adjectives more polite by reading a dialogue between coworkers and other discovery tasks. The lesson starts with students discussing manners in the workplace. This is followed by reading a dialogue to introduce the lexis. Then students work with MFP by discovering synonyms and teacher clarification. Students get controlled practice with a fill-in-the-blank activity and freer practice by writing and then discussing their opinions.


Abc Meaning multiple choice
Abc Controlled practice multiple choice
Abc Picture for Lead-in

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of positive adjectives and negative adjectives with the form [un-, im-, or dis- + positive adjective] and using "a bit" to make negative adjectives more polite in the context of the workplace

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of careers
  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about a dialogue between coworkers in the context of the workplace


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

- T asks Learners to discuss question: What is considered good manners at work in Mexico? - Learners discuss in BRs for 2-3 min - T conducts OCFB

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- T gives a link to form with a dialogue and multiple choice fill-in-the-blank intensive reading activity. - Instructions: Read the dialogue and choose the best answer to fill in the blank. - Demo the task - Learners answer the questions individually in 3 min - Learners compare answers in BRs 2 min - T conducts OCFB

Clarification (11-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- T gives learners a form with TL and synonyms Instructions: Read the sentence and choose the best synonym for the CAPITALIZED word. - Learners answer in groups in 3 min - T conducts OCFB and checks understanding of Meaning CCQs: Does impatient mean you like to wait or don’t like to wait? DON'T LIKE TO WAIT Would someone who is organized write a list of things they need to do? YES Is the president important or unimportant? IMPORTANT - T clarifies that "a bit" is used before the negative adjective to make it more polite CCQ for appropriacy: If you are talking to your boss would you say "Erin is a bit disorganized" or "Erin is disorganized"? - T clarifies form of TL Prefix+positive adjective=negative adjective - T elicits two examples and clarifies any problematic items - T clarifies that "a bit" goes right before the negative adjective - T models the pronunciation of TL and learners decide how words are pronounced and stressed Example: PEIshnt vs PAtient - T drills individually and chorally

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- T provides a form with sentences and multiple-choice prefixes. Instructions: Choose the correct prefix for the adjective - T also provides one question about using "a bit" correctly in a sentence - Learners check their answers in BRs - T conducts OCFB and clarifies any questions

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

Instructions: Fill in the blank with your own ideas You can’t work as a ____________ if you are impatient. I think being a(n) _____________ is the most important job. You can’t work as a ___________ if you are disorganized. - Learners prepare ideas for 2 minutes. - Learners compare opinions in BRs - T conducts OCFB and DEC on language use in the task

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