Jessica Stockwell Jessica Stockwell

Latest News -Grammar
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson the language focus is grammar (the main aim) and the target language is reporting verbs. I will be presenting and activating schemata-through images on WB to introduce students to news stories and reports with target language reporting verbs in text. The practicing stage will test, teach, test students through reading (second aim) short news articles.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice in target language Reporting Verbs

Subsidiary Aims

  • To motivate students to use receptive skills through a number of reading exercises for gist and learning about using reporting verbs.


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

Teacher will set the stage for class through activating schemata by posting a few news clips on WB. Lead in is eliciting questions in context and introducing grammar points generally.

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

The teaching stage includes setting up scenarios using reporting verbs and individual and pair work reading and identifying target language.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

First reading of text - individual. Through the reading exercise students find and choose the correct reporting verb (they are bolded in reading text). An exercise of identifying and clarifying the 2 different types of reporting verbs I will create a list and general method to select correct verbs using "Verbs like TOLD' + direct object (object case pronouns) and 'Verbs like SAID + that/to/ indirect.

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

WC game to categorize list of verbs and then correct them on WB through posting of strips of paper.

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

Students write their own news clip using reported verbs correctly and then read them to the class if time allows.

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