Andrew Watson Andrew Watson

Intermediate vocabulary demo
B1 level


A demo of a CELTA vocabulary lesson following the text-based skills framework.


Abc Reading for gist
Abc Meaning
Abc Useful language

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of adjectives to describe feelings and their prepositions in the context of laughter therapy.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To develop speaking fluency and active listening.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Have Ss look at the photo. Ask: Where are the people? (in a park) What do you think they're doing? (laughing - why? it's therapy). Pre-teach chemicals (substances) and fake (not real) by displaying the following sentence: Our bodies produce chemicals that make us happy even when the laughter is fake.

Exposure (6-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Share G-Form via chat. Show Ss how to use dop downs to match topics (a-e) to paragraphs (1-5). At end of 3 mins ask Ss to submit answers. Use response tool to see if Ss had difficulty with any in OCFB. Answers: a) 5; b) 3; c) 1; d) 4; e) 2. Ask: would you like to go to a laughter club? Why/why not?

Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Meaning Show Jamboard. Do an example to demonstrate they should categorize the feelings according to whether they have a positive or negative meaning (3 +, 8 -). Share link and tell each Ss which slide is theirs. + satisfied, relaxed, pleased - nervous, embarrassed, annoyed, fed up, disappointed, upset, confused, concerned Ask CCQs about embarrassed, annoyed, fed up. Form Share PDF of text in chat. Show G-Slide p 4. Ask Ss to look at the adjectives in bold in article. Show that at follows good. Share link to G-Slide in chat. Ask Ss to find their slide and do part a only. Monitor to check Ss are able to find their slides and check Ss are referring to the text. good at worried about happy with surprised by interested in upset about nervous about fed up with keen on pleased with Then draw their attention to part b. Tell them to match preposition to adjectives. Highlight that there is more than one answer. of with about by at scared of/by. satisfied with (by) bored with (by) embarrassed by (about) frightened of (by) concerned about (by) annoyed at (with/by) angry about (at) something bad at angry with (at) someone Pronunciation Show Slide, tell Ss: I will read nine words (two times), you categorize them according to the stress pattern. Oo nervous oO annoyed fed up upset confused concerned oOo embarrassed ooOo disappointed Ooo satisfied Drill chorally

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To develop accuracy in use of dependent prepositions and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Show G-form. Ask Ss to read article and choose the correct preposition that follows the adjective. Example: worry about. There is one answer only. Share G-Form in chat. Allow 4-5 mins. Ss compare answers in BORs if time. Answers: 2. better at; 3. keen on; 4. interest in; 5. pleased with; 6. surprised by

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

Show G-Slide. Tell Ss to choose six adjectives from the list you share in chat (nervous, annoyed, fed up, upset, confused, concerned, embarrassed, disappointed, satisfied, pleased, happy, good). Ask them to write the name of someone they know for each adjective (e.g., fed up - Julia). Give them 1-2 mins. Tell Ss they will tell their partner about the people. Your partner should ask a follow up question: (My sister Julia is fed up with her job - What does she do? She's in sales.) Open BORs. Monitor. After 5 mins, change partners. Note examples of good use of adj+prep. OCFB on content and language.

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