Mohammad Vatankhah Mohammad Vatankhah

TP 1
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about and review question tags in the context of hobbies. The lesson starts with a very short vocabulary preteaching and a group-work where students will make guesses about their friends' hobbies. Next, the lesson is presented on the board using the statements made by the students in the previous stage. HOs are distributed among the students so that they will practice the TL through a fill-gap exercise in pairs. A drill task follows in order to give the students more confidence, moving from WC to PW. Once the students are provided with the information on how to answer question tags, they have a controlled practice by asking and answering the questions in the HO in pairs. Finally, the lesson includes a ball game intended for a semi-controlled practice which is performed as a WC.


Abc Gap-fill hand-out

Main Aims

  • To provide review of question tags in the context of hobbies

Subsidiary Aims

  • to practice semi-controlled speaking


Warmer/Lead-in (9-11 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-The teacher starts the lesson by pointing out some hobbies that he got into doing, has done to extremes and now wants to give them up and take up another hobby. He includes the verbs "be obsessed with", "take up", and "get into" in his speech in order to make sure that the Sts understand the meaning of these verb; if not, they are pretaught. - Next, the teacher makes a few guesses about some students' hobbies by asking them to make guesses about their group-mates' hobbies and write them down. The Sts are labled as A, B and C in each group. - The teacher gives the instruction as "Think about your friends' hobbies and write them down on a piece of paper. Student A will guess about student B, Student B will guess about student C, and Student C will guess about Student A. You have 1 minute and a half to do this". ICQ has to be used since the instruction is a little bit long.through question tag. This will give them a pattern. Once the time is up, they are called to stop writing, and some students are randomly called to read out their guesses about their friends. -The teacher writes some of them on the board if they have correct forms; if not, writes the corrected version on the board.

Presentation (6-7 minutes) • to clarify the meaning, form, and pronunciation ( 5 min )

-The teacher writes the rules about the form of the TL ( question tags ) on the board. -Using the sentences on the board from the feedback of the previous activity ( Lead-in ) as well as a couple of his own model language, the teacher elicit whether there are any auxiliary, modal, or "be" in the sentences and highlight them using a colored marker. -Then, he clarifies that these auxiliaries are used to make tags unless there are no verbs other than a main verb in which case the auxiliary verb "do" should be used in the correct tense. All these explanations are put on board using a diagram. Elicitation is used until all the sentences have been examined thoroughly.

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

-The teacher distributes the HOs, attached in the Materials section of this plan, among students, asking them to fill in the blanks with the correct form of auxiliary verb. Instructions are given as follows: "Complete the question tags with the auxiliary from in the box" and "You have 1 minute". -After one minute, he stops the Sts, and ask them to compare their answers with their partners. They have half a minute to do so. Some students are called at random to read out their answers by reading the statement they have completed with a question tag. -Emphasis should be made at this stage on the intonation of the question tag, if there are any issues. If the Sts still seem to have problems forming question tags, a drill tag task is done by putting the students in pairs and asking them to read the statements and pause when reaching the tag, so that their partner would complete the statement with the appropriate question tag. -A few samples had better be done as a WC by the teacher to assure that the Sts would be able to carry out the task. -The instruction could be given as follows: "Students As will read the sentences to Student Bs, Student Bs will complete it with the question tags without looking at the handouts." and "After you are finished, student Bs will read, and student As will complete". - The teacher asks a student to ask him one of the statement along with the question tag. He gives a model answer ( a negative or positive one ) to make sure that they know how to answer question tags. He can write down his answers on the board. -If time allows, the teacher puts the Sts in pair asking them to practice asking and answering the tag questions. The instruction can be given as "You have 2 minutes to ask each other these questions and answer them".

Semi-Controlled Practice (14-15 minutes) • To give extra speaking chance with the target language

The teacher is going to have the Sts play a ball game through which they will have a semi-controlled practice with the question tags. First, the teacher will give students 2 minutes to write as many guesses as they can about everyone with question tags. After that, the teacher will ask the students to make a big circle standing up in the class. Then, the students are supposed to throw the ball to each other as they wish. the student hit by the ball has to ask the thrower a question tag about his or her hobby. If he makes a mistake in making the tag, ask a question already asked by someone else, or hesitate for more than 5 seconds will lose , and have to leave the circle. The teacher will play the role of judge. -The instructions can be given as follows but definitely step by step because they can get too complicated if given all at once. 1. "You have two minutes to write your guesses with question tags." 2. "Please, stand up and make a big circle." 3. "You will hit anyone you like with this ball." 4."If the ball hits anyone, he/she has to ask a question tag to the thrower." 5."there are three important rules." 6."1.Your question should not be repeated 2. it should not be incorrect, and 3. you should not pause for more than 4 seconds." 7. "If you can't follow the rules, you will loose and leave the circle." 8."you have 10 minutes for this game." 9."Anyone who stays in the circle at the end of 10 minute will win the game."

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