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Lexis - Feeling Stressed
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn some new multi-verb words (phrasal verbs) and practise them through productive skill of speaking. The lesson starts with a lead in and then students answer some questions with their pairs and duscuss in groups. T introduces multi-verb words and categorize them on the board. T tries to elicit some phrasal verbs. This is followed by some controlled practices. T gives further explanation, does drilling and pays attention to linking. Lastly, students do freer practice by using the target vocabulary.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of phrasal verbs in the context of emotions

Subsidiary Aims

  • to provide fluency speaking practice in conversation by using the target vocabulary


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

I am going to show a video about a job interview. (from the movie "Trainspotting") In this video, the students are going to watch the character (Spud) who looks really nervous and in panic in front of the employers. T wants students to watch the video and then, discuss How does he feel? Students discuss the video with their partners

Introduce multi-word verbs (8-10 minutes) • To provide useful words and phrases in a context

The teacher elicits phrasal verbs that students know. Then writes categories on the board ( Clothes, Computers, Love+ Friendship) The teacher wants students to think of a phrasal verb about the topics. Then the teacher gives controlled practice task. Ss match the topics with the paragraphs (including the phrasal verbs) Ss work alone Ss peer check The teacher elicits the phrasal verbs again As a FB, T gives paste-ups to Ss and wants them to put the phrasal verbs in the categories on the board.

Controlled practice - Word web (5-6 minutes) • To provide students further information about the meaning

The teacher reads the first example in the word web. Ss work alone and complete the matching task (multi-word verbs with the correct definiton). Ss peer check. In FB, the teacher elicit answers from the students

Language Analysis (3-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

T writes examples on the board to show transitive, intransitive, separable and inseparable (further information about the multi-word verbs and form). Drilling the verbs Pays attention to the linking Practise pronunciation T shows the main stress (or elicits from the students, wants them to guess where the stress is) T gives examples about transitive, intransitive, seperable, unseperable phrasal verbs

Question answer/ True-False (5-6 minutes) • to practice and check form of the phrasals

T gives instructions and gives HO Ss read the definitions and answer the questions alone Ss peer check T elicits Ss answers in FB.

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students a freer practice of the phrasal verbs

T wants Ss to choose two of the phrasal verbs and use them in a sentence. T gives students 5 mins to write their sentences T monitors and checks if they are using the multi-word verbs correctly. Then students compare their sentences with their partners. In FB, nominate students to read out one of their pair's sentences.

Speaking task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice speaking

The teacher has 5 statements (You are nervous about a job interview, You are annoyed with someone in your family, It's the weekend and you are bored, You are stressed about your studies or work, You've got too many things to do.) The teacher reads them and check the students understand the statements. Then the teacher puts students in pairs and give them 5 mins to discuss and write down 3 pieces of advice for each situation. The teacher monitors and helps the students with ideas and vocabulary.

Speaking (6-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity for monitoring Ss and see if they have any common errors

Ss work in groups and choose the best advice. T monitors and take notes of any common error In FB, nominate Ss from each group to share their group's best ideas. Error correction if there are any common errors.

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