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Childhood lesson, defining relative clauses
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn defining relative clauses through some listening and grammar practice.


Abc Answering questions HO

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of defining relative clauses in the context of childhood.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about definitions in the context of childhood.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • Introducing the listening/gist listening

Chest HO- Look at the picture of the 5 kids, each kid will be describing something I want you to listen carefully and in the set of words by yourselves list the ones that the kids are talking about. ICQ-How many things are we listening for? (5) Are the kids describing them? (yes) FB: T- will write 1-5 on the WB and have students come up and write them. Then as a WC will go over the answers.

Post Listening (5-8 minutes) • Describing Vocabulary

T- We have 4 things on the list that the kids didn't describe. Working in groups. Each group will pick a word ( a vet, autumn, a desert, a jungle) and then try to describe it, as if you are describing it to little kids (4 year-olds). FB- each group to describe will describe the word and the class will guess what it is from things we have left over on our list.

Clarification of Form (10-15 minutes) • Introducing Defining relative clauses

T- will tell a personal story- When I was about 7, my mom had a beautiful vase that was very important to her that her father has given her. One day I was running around the house and I broke the vase. I called my mom and said, "mom I broke the vase". Because she had 2 one that was blue she asked me "which vase??" I said the one that your dad have you. She was really upset. While I am telling the Ss this story on the WB I will write : I broke the vase. Your dad gave you. ICQ- How can I make that one sentences? (verb) EX: I broke the vase that/which your dad gave you. (object) (subject defines clause) Defining relative clauses gives the definition of the preceding word or phrase. We use WHO, WHICH,THAT. We use WHO/THAT for people and WHICH/THAT for things. (usually replaces he/she) (usually replaces IT) The object that we are talking about is the vase- what's defining that vase- the fact that her dad gave it to her. A relative pronoun before a verb cannot be omitted/left out, bc it is the subject of the verb. EX: An adult (who) looks after you subject+(phrasal verb) Sometimes we can omit/leave out the relative pronoun, A relative pronoun before a noun/pronoun can be omitted bc it's in the object of the sentences EX: A child that you look after. OR A child you look after. object+that+subject+verb

Practice of Form (5-8 minutes) • To provide practice of defining relative clause.

Chest HO- Please take a look at this work sheet and in pairs answer the questions 1-3. you can look on the side of the worksheet for help. FB: WC answers.

Productive Task (3-5 minutes) • Clarification/Practice

In Pairs look at the definitions from a-d and follow the instructions 1-3. (noun) On WB: word Truant (troo-uh-nt) /ˈtruːənt/ FB: WC

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide practice using relative pronouns.

Chest HO- With a partner make one sentence definitions using relative pronouns WHO/WHICH/THAT. ICQ: Are you working alone?(NO) Are you going to be making one sentences? (yes) FB: Teacher will write answers on the board as they finish and go over it.

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