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Teaching Practice 8
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, first I will test the students knowledge on the use of the definite article 'the'. If the Ss pass the test I will quickly move on to the practices without spending too much time on clarification. If the Ss cannot pass the test very well, I will first clarify the use and rules of the definite article 'the' on the board together with the Ss. Then, there will be a controlled activity as a gap-fill to test the Ss again. The Ss will show the answers on the give justification for their answers. Finally I will show them a model writing text and ask them to write a short paragraph about their hometown or city using the definite article, and then there will be a peer correction. If we have time, Ss will talk each other about their cities/hometowns and decide which one they would like to visit.


Abc Matching handout
Abc PP
Abc Choose the best answer

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the definite article 'the' in the context of countries & cities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a paragraph in the context of countries & cities


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will greet the Ss and talk about some geographical features of my hometown Cyprus.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

I will tell Ss that there will be a test and ask them to do the test individually. I will ask some ICQs to make it clear that it is a test and they are not allowed to share their answers. After they finish they can check each others' answers. I will monitor them during the test to see if they pass or not.

Teach (10-14 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

I will show the parts of the sentences including 'the', and ask Ss which rule is appropriate for every example. I will try to get the answers and most of the clarification from the Ss.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

I will tell Ss to work in pairs and choose the correct article (a/an/the/no article). After they finish, there will be a peer check and, I will ask them to show the answers and give the justification on the text projected on the board.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

I will show a short text I wrote about my country and its cities as a model and ask them to write a short text about describing their hometowns. After they finish I will swap their writings for a peer correction, and then they will have back their writings to correct their mistakes and I will ask a few of the to read their writings.

If time Activity (10-11 minutes) • To provide Ss practice on the target language and the context

I will ask Ss to read each others writing texts and decide which city or country they would like to visit and why.

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