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In this lesson the students will learn how to form gerunds and nouns. Life's ups and downs will be the context they will deal with. First, as a lead in, I will talk about my office-job (which I quit) because it did not make me happy, then they will work in pairs and talk about whether their current job makes them happy. Then I will do a competition: which group can find the most nouns with different suffixes? Finding nouns from the text (only the definitions are given) will be the next step, followed by my explanation of suffixes.Depending on the timing, the students will then do ex 2 and / or a speaking exercise on things that make you happy,


Abc hand out with gap - fill exercises and language analysis
Abc answer key, ex. 2
Abc answer key, ex. 1a

Main Aims

  • by the end of the lesson the students should know how to form nouns and gerunds. They will then know that some nouns are exactly the same as the verb.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to practice speaking for fluency in the context of "life' ups and downs"
  • to provide an opportunity for learners to talk about their own experience


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will talk a little about my last office job and why I quit (it did not make me happy). The students will get to know me better and it provides a good lead-in

lead-in , 2nd part: Speaking exercise (4-6 minutes) • The students will practice their fluency

As second part of the lead in , I will ask the students to work in pairs and speak about: "Is your job making you happy" and "What would you like to change?" (I will write these 2 sentences on the WB) ... Then I will ask them to tell us what their partner said. (WH)

competition on nouns with suffixes, gerunds (6-6 minutes) • for the students: to practice their knowledge on suffixes in a fun way, for me: to see what knowledge they have already about gerunds, suffixes

I will split up the class in 3 or 4 groups. I will write down several words with the suffix - tion (nation, accommodation, attention) and elicit the word "suffix" from them. I will write down 8-9 kinds of suffixes. Each group has to write down as many nouns as possible, not only from the text. The group with the highest number of nouns with suffixes has won.

Gap fill (5-6 minutes) • introduction to the grammar about forming nouns and gerunds

I will ask the students to fill out exercise 1a. They should not look at the text when doing this. then WC: comparing of the answers (with the fish) At the end, I will provide the answer key.

Exposure of the functional language (8-9 minutes) • the students will learn how to form nouns and gerunds and how to use them

Using the words they students have found in exercise 1a, I will explain the most common suffixes, the use of gerunds. I will elicit more example for the gerund construction from the students.I will explain that the suffixes are usually not stressed ("employee" is an exception) CCQ: Are some nouns and verbs identical? yes Can gerunds have the function of a noun or object? yes Is the verb “enjoy” followed by a gerund or by an infinitive? by a gerund After that: Backchaining drill of: I enjoy doing absolutely nothing. Doing exercise and companionship are keys to happiness.

Productive Task(s) (5-6 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

I will make the students stand up: they will mingle and ask their fellow students what happiness and friendship for them is. I will write on the WB: What is happiness for you? and What is friendship for you?

controlled practice, gap fill exercise (7-8 minutes) • To practice the forming of nouns and gerunds. also: to practice listening

the students will do exercise 2: first they will choose the correct alternative. Then they will listen to the recording and check their answers. At the end, I will provide the answer key.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

I will monitor the conversations and correct them later on the WB. This will round up my class

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