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TP 4 Lexis (Connecting Words)
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about connecting words through a text about April Fool's Day. Students will watch a video relating to April Fool's Day, discuss the text, and learn MPF of lexical items through an interactive activity Students will then practice connecting words using a controlled practice activity and then a freer practice speaking activity with a prompt about pranks.


Abc April Fool

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of Connecting Words in the context of April Fool's Day and Practical Jokes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about April's Fools
  • To provide fluency speaking practice using anecdotes in the context of pranks


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

Students watch the video of an April Fool's prank and T asks a few questions about the video to check understanding (What happened? What did she say she would name the baby?)

Text Work (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text on April Fool's

-Students are presented with the questions accompanying the text and read to themselves silently (4 minutes) -Students are put in B/O rooms and answer the questions with a partner (3 minutes) -OCFB (2 minutes)

Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students are put in B/O Rooms and use slides 4-6 on the Jamboard to sort connecting words into "Reasons" and "Contrasts" T reviews for OCFB

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

T presents the words "since", "due to", "however", and "despite" with an example sentence and provides the parts of speech and definition. T then exemplifies the intonation pattern of these sentences and students choral drill.

Controlled Practice (7-9 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students use slides 15-17 to complete a gap-fill exercise using a word bank of the connecting words we practiced, in which they will have to remember not only the meaning of these words but also the part of speech. Students work with a small group in B/O rooms T reviews during OCFB

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Student's are given the prompt "Describe a time you pulled a prank or played a trick on someone. What did you do? What did the other person believe? What was the truth? Why was it funny?". T provides demo and students are tasked with talking in B/O rooms with a partner or group about their anecdotes. Under the last two questions, a few connecting words are provided to encourage their use.

Delayed Error Correction (2-4 minutes) • To revise Student mistakes

T writes a few mistakes from the freer practice where students failed to use connecting words or used them incorrectly

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