Did you pass first time?

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Vocabulary - cars and driving

reading comprehension tasks

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson students learn and practise vocabulary related to cars and driving, watch a funny video and do reading comprehension tasks. They also talk about getting a driving licence in their countries.

B1 / Intermediate60 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that the first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in these lesson plans in our post.

PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES

Vocabulary

In the pre-class part of the video, students do three vocabulary tasks. First, they label parts of a car in the pictures with words from a list (e.g. clutch pedal, boot, steering wheel). Some of the British words are listed with their American counterparts. Then, they complete collocations related to driving (e.g. practical test). Finally, they choose correct words to complete sentences about driving and driving laws (e.g. fasten your seatbelt, parallel parking). The vocabulary learned at home will be used in the in-class part of the lesson. 

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

Video and reading comprehension tasks

In the classroom, students start by discussing some driving laws with those in their country (e.g. speed limits, overtaking, driver’s age, etc.). Before watching the video, students explain how one gets a driving licence in their country and how the people who take the driving test feel. Then, students watch the video about an unusual driving test and summarize what happened. After that, they read a funny text about a person taking a driving test multiple times, and do two reading comprehension tasks. In the first one they have to find the significance in six numbers which appear in the text. In the second one, they look at the text again and find things which are similar and different about getting a driving licence in their country. Finally, students discuss questions about driving and share some driving tips. If a student is not a driver, the questions can be adapted. Some examples of that are provided in a teacher’s note.

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  1. Mariel Frost

    Why is it “Did you pass first time,” instead of “Did you pass THE first time?” Is it a difference between British and American English? Thank you!

    1. Justa

      Hi there! Actually, both forms are OK and it’s more of a formal/informal language distinction rather than Br/Am English. It’s quite common in informal language to drop the definite article when there’s no ambiguity over whether it would be a or the (there’s only ever one first time after all). It would still always need the if at the start of a sentence though.

      1. Mariel Frost

        Thank you!

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