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Copy of Easy English? Modal verbs of possibility: might and will
Elementary level


In this lesson, the students will practice reading for gist and detail in the context of an interesting topic, about a man who tried to make English language easy and invented Basic English. The students will also learn more about modal verbs of possibility "might" and "will"


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of modal verbs for possibility will/won't/might/might not

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide reading for gist in the context of a story about inventing simple version of English language, titled 'Basic English'


Lead-in (3-3 minutes) • To set context and engage students.

The students will be asked the question: In what ways is your language easier or more difficult than English? Why? They should have in mind the following: vocabulary, grammar, spelling, pronunciation and grammar. They will discuss this in pairs and quickly report to the class.

Reading (9-10 minutes) • The students will practice reading for gist

The students will read for gist in the text Easy English and try to answer the questions (Ex2). After 1-2 minutes, they will check their answers in pairs. All the unfamiliar words will be writen on the white board. I will try to elicit their meaning (explain and help where necessary). Particular focus will be devoted to the colloquials, such as: global language and international communication. I will drill all the new vocabulary.

Grammar clarification (11-12 minutes) • To introduce the grammar - will/won't/might/might not

I will do the TTT for the purpose of clarification. I will ask the students to discuss in pairs the following questions and say if they agree or not: a. soon, nearly everyone will speak English b. People won't learn Latin any more c. English might not be the global language in a hundred years - it might be Chinese or Japanese instead d. some 'smaller' languages will dissapear I will do the first one as an example with the whole class. I will encourage the students to work out the meaning of will/won't/might/might not from the context. I will tell them that, at that stage, they should only know that these modals describe possibility. After the students exchange views in front of the whole class, I will introduce new exercise where I will ask them to number the following sentences 1-4 (where 'will' means I think it will happen): - English might not be the global language (3) - English won't be the global language (4) - English will be the global language (1) - English might be the global language (2) After taking the students answers, I will explain the differences. I will highlight the following points: - the meaning of the verbs - the use of the base form of the verb after these modal verbs - the short (contracted) forms - the fact that we usually don't usually contract might not I will drill the sentences, paying particular attention to 'll and won't I will also focus on the anticipated problems from the Language analysis.

Exposure - Controlled practice (6-8 minutes) • To practice grammar

The students will complete the gaps in the sentences. They will answer individually and then check the answers in the groups of three. I will take the FB and drill some of the sentences, in order to prepare them for the next stage, which is moving from semi-controlled/freer practice.

Production (12-14 minutes) • To practice modals of possibility through personalising the language

The students will complete the sentences by using modals of possibility and personalised answers. I will check the meaning of 'ever' as 'in all my life in the future', and elicit a few more examples for a) The students will write their ideas and check the answers in pairs. I will circulate and check for accuracy. Then, I will ask the students to talk about their answers in pairs. Firstly, I will model with a student in front of the class, to show them how to continue the conversations. They will work in pairs. I will circulate again and note the language use for analysis and correction later. The pronunciation will be checked as well.

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