Adriana Quezada Adriana Quezada

Teaching practice 7
Upper Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice relative clauses in the context of events and celebrations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a survey in the context of events and celebrations


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in the topic.

T will post the questions as a whole class. Have you heard of these celebrations: Children’s Day, Mother’s Day, Day of the Dead? What do you know about them? T nominates three students to share briefly what they know about the celebrations. T will share a link for a word cloud and students will type as many words as they can to relate each celebration.

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a recording about celebrations.

T plays a recording about the three celebrations. As a whole class, students listen for the main idea. T nominates three students to retell what was said about each celebration.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T shows the three texts with target language highlighted. T nominates three students to read aloud and say one similarity or difference from what they had previously shared.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Meaning: Who does it refer to? T shows some examples taken from the texts. First, the concept of relative clauses is given so that students can identify such words in the examples. Instructions: Underline the relative pronoun in each phrase. Which relative pronoun(s) are used to refer to people, places, things, times and dates? Students will read and complete as a whole class who or what each phrase refers to. They will be given two options. Defining and Non Defining clauses: Students will analyze the phrases and answer the questions: In which sentence below is the relative clause necessary to understand the sentence? Which sentence gives “extra” information in the sentence? Which one needs commas in it? Where? Form: How do we use Relative Clauses? T will nominate two students to say how to use Relative Clauses. Then students will check which sentence is correct regarding the use of relative clauses. Pronunciation: T reads the sentences and has students repeat and focus on intonation and pauses after commas.

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

T will instruct students to Combine the TWO sentences to ONE, using a relative pronoun. T will show one sentence at a time and give students 45 seconds to share their answers via chat box. T will show the correct answer and students will compare and check.

Free Practice (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language.

T will give instructions for a survey about celebrations. Instructions: 1. Get in pairs. 2. Allocate roles: Student A and Student B. 3. Take turn to ask and answer questions. Use the correct relative pronoun. 4. Record your classmate’s answers on the next slide. Students will work on Breakout Rooms. T will monitor students' performance. T will lead DEC as OCFB.

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