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This is a lesson to highlight the procedure outlined in the Teaching Tip -Vocabulary procedure

This is a vocab lesson. A presentation is followed by a check on meaning with a matching task, personalisation of the vocab, controlled oral practice with a flow chart, a reading & finishing with a roleplay. This lesson can act as a continuation of a series of lessons on the theme of romance. The presentation section is very detailed & repetitive so that you can see exactly what is happening - the remainder of the plan is only generally outlined. Try to keep the topic light & fun.

Main aims:
To introduce & give controlled oral practice with the following adjectives: stingy, selfish, vain, possessive, moody, antisocial
unfaithful

There are only seven items here - you could add in three or four more un/known related words, depending on the group you are teaching. You might well disagree with the definitions given - change these & the sexes of the protagonists to suit.

1.Warmer - stds review the different stages of romance: from chat up to split up.
Stds brainstorm reasons for couples splitting up - pairwork - general feedback.

2.Vocab presentation
Tch:'I'm going to tell you a story about a boy I used to go out with. Here's a picture of him (hold up pic & stick it to the wall) - what kind of person do you think he might be from just looking at the picture. (Stds throw out ideas) It only lasted about three months - the more I found out about him the less I could see we had in common.

'selfish'
The first thing was that he always used to think of himself, not anybody else. What's an adjective to describe someone like that?
Elicit or give if necessary the word - 'selfish '
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Elicit the number of syllables 'How many syllables are there? '2'
Elicit the stress placement - 'Where's the stress? 'first syllable'
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn

Elicit a sentence with the word in it - you really want one that highlights the meaning - here a definition will do -'He was selfish because he always thought about herself.'
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

'stingy'
Tch: The next thing was when we used to go out he never used to pay for anything - he had money but preferred me to pay.

Elicit or give if necessary the word 'stingy ' - the stds might well come out with 'mean' - ask for a similar word.
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Elicit the number of syllables 'How many syllables are there? '2'
Elicit the stress placement - 'Where's the stress? 'First'
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn

Elicit a sentence with the word in it - 'He was stingy because he never paid for anything.'
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

Recap all of the words covered so far - Tch: What was the first word? What was the second word?

'vain' ( - one syllable & so need to count syllables etc.)
Tch: When we were out he was always looking at himself in shop windows & couldn't pass a mirror without spending 5 minutes looking at himself. What do you call someone like that? Elicit or give if necessary the word 'vain '
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn

Elicit a sentence with the word in it - 'He was vain because he was always concerned about his appearance.'
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

Recap all of the words covered so far - What was the first word? What was the second word? And the third? And the next?

'possessive'
Tch: He never let me talk to my friends or anybody else - he wanted me to himself all the time. What do we call that?
Elicit or give if necessary the word 'possessive '
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Elicit the number of syllables 'How many syllables are there? '3'
Elicit the stress placement - 'Where's the stress? '2nd'
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn.

Elicit a sentence with the word in it - 'He was possessive because he wouldn't let me talk with any of my friends.'
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

Recap all of the words covered so far - Tch: What was the first word? What was the second word? And the third? etc.

'moody'
Tch: I could never tell how he was feeling. One minute he was happy the next unhappy. What do we call someone like that?
Elicit or give if necessary the word 'moody '
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Elicit the number of syllables 'How many syllables are there? '2'
Elicit the stress placement - 'Where's the stress? 'First'
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn

Elicit a sentence with the word in it -'Hhe was moody because one minute he would be happy & the next unhappy.'
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

Recap all of the words covered so far - What was the first word? What was the second word? And the third? etc.

'antisocial'
Tch: We never saw anybody, we always went out on our own because he didn't really like other people. We used to be invited to parties but he never wanted to go. What do you call someone like that?
Elicit or give if necessary the word 'antisocial'
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Elicit the number of syllables 'How many syllables are there? '4'
Elicit the stress placement - 'Where's the stress? 'Third'
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn

Elicit a sentence with the word in it - 'He was antisocial because he never wanted anything to do with other people.''
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

Recap all of the words covered so far - What was the first word? What was the second word? And the third? etc.

'unfaithful'
Tch: He had other girlfriends when we were going out together & he was having affairs with them. How do we describe that?
Elicit or give if necessary the word 'unfaithful'
Model word x3/4 i.e. say it out loud for all to hear
Elicit the number of syllables 'How many syllables are there? '3'
Elicit the stress placement - 'Where's the stress? 'Second'
Model again x2
Chorus drill x3/4 - all of the stds say the word in unison
Individual drill - elicit the word from 5/6 stds in turn

Elicit a sentence with the word in it - 'He was unfaithful because he had other affairs when we were going out together.'
Model x2/3
Chorus drill
Individual drill

Recap all of the words covered so far - What was the first word? What was the second word? And the third? etc.

3.Check on meaning - matching words & definitions - handout the worksheet that also acts as a record of the new language..

1. selfish 2. stingy 3. vain 4. possessive 5. moody
6. antisocial     7. unfaithful
a. A person who does not like mixing with other people.
b. A person who has an affair with another person while still involved with the present partner.
c. A person who only thinks of him/herself & not of other people.
d. A person who is happy one minute & unhappy the next.
e. A person who demands all of their partner's attention.
f. A person who does not like spending money.
g. A person who is always concerned with their appearance.

.

Answers:
1-c, 2-f, 3-g, 4-e, 5-d, 6-a, 7-b

4. Personalisation - ask the stds if they know anyone with three or more of the characteristics. They could quickly discuss this in pairs.

5. Controlled oral practice - stds have conversations about fictitious partners & their negative characteristics. Stds could be given the following flow chart to guide them.

A. Your friend looks unhappy - ask what the problem is.

A. Ask why


A. Ask why

A. Sympathise with your friend & give advice

A. continue the conversation

B. Say how you feel



B. Explain the problem

B. Blame your partner & give reasons.

B. continue the conversation

 

6. Reading & roleplay - problem page letters - half the group have one from a man, the others the one from a woman (change the pronouns to suit). They read their respective letters, answering the questions in their group & then prepare to be the person in the letter who is going to visit a marriage guidance counsellor with the partner to try & solve their problems - a roleplay then ensues between the couple & the counsellor. The target vocab is here in a fairly natural context.

The texts

I wonder if you could help me and give me some advice about my wife.
When we got married I thought she was everything I had ever wanted in a woman. She was generous, considerate and loving. After ten years this has all changed. Now, she is selfish, vain, moody and unfaithful.
When I go home at night I never know if she is going to be in a good or bad mood. Her mood changes so quickly. One minute she is very nice and the next angry or depressed. As a result of this I am finding myself going out to the pub with my friends more and more. When I go home she asks me who I was with and what I did, she never wants to go out with me and has no friends. It is like an interrogation sometimes.
She is also very vain, any money I give her for food, etc. she spends on clothes and make-up. I am beginning to get irritated with her little habits, for example, she leaves the room in the middle of a meal to go and look at herself in the bathroom mirror. Later, she returns and brushes her hair during the rest of the meal.
On top of all this, the other week a friend told me about a couple of men she has had affairs with. Are all marriages like this?
Please help me.

1. What was the relationship like when they got married?
2. How long have they been married?
3. How does he feel about the relationship now?
4. What different reasons does he give for feeling like this?

 

I wonder if you could help me and give me some advice about my husband.
When I married him I thought he was everything I had ever wanted in a man. He was considerate supportive and loving. After ten years this has all changed. Now, he is mean, selfish and unfaithful.
He goes out most nights with his friends, leaving me at home. At first I thought nothing of it. But then I started to suspect him of being unfaithful. Last week my neighbour told me about two women that he has had affairs with.
As well as that, he is very mean. He gives me very little money for the housekeeping and insists that I walk to the shops (3 miles away!) instead of catching the bus that goes directly from outside our house. I'm beginning to get annoyed with his little habits. Before they did not bother me but for example, now I have to leave the room sometimes when he starts picking his nose when we are eating. He does not think there is anything wrong with it.
Also, he never seems to stop drinking. He drinks like a fish! and a couple of times when he has been drunk he has shouted at me. Are all marriages like this? I have not got any friends that I can talk to, I have lost most of my friends since I've been married to him. Please help me.

l.What was the relationship like when they got married?
2.How long have they been married?
3.How does she feel about the relationship now?
4.What different reasons does she give for feeling like this?

To make the presentation of the texts more attractive, find a couple of authentic problem pages & paste these texts on top in the middle of the page.

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