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Grammar Lesson
Upper Intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • • To provide students with clarification of meaning, form and pronunciation of exponents related to both grammar tenses which are Past perfect simple & Past Perfect Continuous and practiced these in a controlled and freer exercise on the topic of Urban Legends.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students opportunities for: listening for gist, listening for specific information and sepaking practice


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

T starts the class by asking the students: Have you ever heard of urban legends? (If students answer 'yes' T asks them a brief explanation. If their answer is 'no' T says is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by people and gives an example). Is there a famous urban legend from the place you live?

Exposure (10-13 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T will reproduce an audio from the coursebook. While listening for the audio Ss will answer a google forms with true and false 1:The saylor was competing in the America's cup yacht race (true) 2: The kangaroo was dead (false) 3: The cigars were not special (false) 4: He smoked all the cigars (True) 5: The house was infested with bugs (true) 6: She did't do anything to fight the bugs (false) Students are asked "why" they chose their answers Intensive task T asks Ss to answer the task as a whole group (for the activity to be quicker) Ansered A man from North Carolina __had been searching _____for a special make of cigar and eventually he bought a box of 24. 5 He then made a claim to the insurance company saying he _had lost_ the cigars in a series of small fires.

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

T uses the phrases/words in bold from intensive. T asks students to separate them between past perfect and past perfect progressive. past perfect: It is used for an action that was completed before another action in the past. he had lost the cigars in a series of small fires. . The accident hadn't killed the animal. What had the insurers failed to do? form: positive and negative: subject + had or (’d) + past participle question: (question word) + had+ subject+ past participle. Past perfect continuous: It is used for alonger action that started before another actionin the past (and often continued up to this past action). A man from North Carolina had been searching .... She hadn't been living there for very long. Why had he been driving for so long? form:positive and negative= subject + had (or ’d) + been + verb+ing question: (question word) + had+ subject+ been+ verb+ing. Pronunciation will be within the phrases and will be practiced by: model, choral drilling, eliciting, etc....

Controlled Practice (4-4 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T will send students into BOR for them to do the task in teams. (this task will take them about 3 min) Depending on the time available T will ask them to give the answers one by one. if there is less than 12 minutes left, T will give the answer key and ask for doubts on the questions. 1. When we arrived the film _had started_. 2. She _had been working_in that company for twenty years when she was made redundant. 3. I felt ill because I _had drunk_ six cups of coffee. 4. I _had been studying_ all day, so I was tired. 5. We _had been living_ in London for two years when our daughter was born. 6. When I arrived at the airport I realised I _had forgotten_ my passport.

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

T sends students again to BOR for them to have a conversation about Urban legends from their cities. E.g. there is an urban legend from my city,people had been calling it "Culiacan's Bride", it talked about a woman that had gone crazy because bad people killed her soon to be husband. She was recognized in the city because she used to walk around on her white dress. T enters BOR and start monitoring for errors for later DEC

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