This is a set of ESL vocabulary activities rather than a typical ESL Brains lesson plan. Each of the activities can be used separately as a time filler, a warm-up, etc. Students work with compound adjectives, advanced phrasal verbs and phrases with the word time. They also complete gapped sentences and create anagrams.
COMPOUND ADJECTIVES AND GAPPED SENTENCES
In the first activity, students complete gaps to create twelve compound adjectives in context (e.g. absent-minded, thought-provoking). The adjectives are missing some letters only. The second activity is a CAE-style gap-filling task in which students think of a word which can be used in eight sets of three sentences. After they finish, they complete two jokes with the words used in the sentences. Each of the jokes contains an idiomatic expression (e.g. hit the ceiling). After the exercise, students can explain the meanings of the idioms or build sentences with them.
ADVANCED PHRASAL VERBS, PHRASES WITH ‘TIME’ AND ANAGRAMS
In the third exercise, students come up with prepositions missing from twelve phrasal-prepositional verbs (e.g. do away with, cut down on). To do that, they use four different prepositions each of which can be used only three times. Then, students answer six questions about the use of the advanced phrasal verbs in context and in collocations. In the fourth activity, students have to complete sentences with missing words to create phrases with the word time (e.g. time is on our side, do time). Letters from each of the completed words are then used to create one more phrase with time. After students finish, they need to write a sentence with the phrase. The final activity is about anagrams. Students rearrange letters in ten words to create two more words containing the same letters (e.g. react – cater, trace). The teacher can decide to set a time limit for the task and do it in groups.
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