Friends will be friends (gerunds and infinitives)

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Grammar - verb patterns

gerunds and infinitives

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this grammar lesson students discover different verb patterns by doing a friendship quiz. To practise gerunds and infinitives, students will also express their views on different aspects of friendship. 

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
B1 / Intermediate
60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

LEAD‐IN & QUIZ

The worksheet starts with a short discussion. Students answer three questions about friendship which lead to a friendship quiz. The quiz consists of ten multiple choice questions about different life situations involving friends and is meant to answer the question: ‘Are you a good friend?’. From the beginning of the lesson students are exposed to different verb patterns (e.g. How would you suggest making new friends?) and eventually, they comment on the quiz results. 

GRAMMAR PRESENTATION (GERUNDS AND INFINITIVES)

In the next part of the lesson, students take a closer look at the quiz sentences and focus on the highlighted verbs (e.g. enjoy, fancy, avoid). Their task is to decide whether they are followed by a gerund (+ing) or an infinitive with to. Once the verbs are divided into two groups, it’s time to put the rules into practice. Students look at eight gapped sentences containing previously studied verbs and have to add other verbs from a box, keeping in mind their correct forms (gerunds or infinitives). This controlled practice exercise is followed by a more personalised one, in which students finish the sentences so they are true for them (e.g. My friends don’t mind…). Finally, students move on to the last practice stage which is a group activity. They use eight prompts (there are three different sets) to form questions related to friendship. Next, they ask and answer each other’s questions and exchange opinions about different aspects of friendship.

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  1. deborah

    I LOOOOVE this class and my students thoroughly enjoyed. GREAT WORK! Thanks a million.

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    1. Justa

      Great to hear that! Thanks for your comment!

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  2. AGM

    The exercise in which you have to divide the verbs into -ing or inf is far too easy because you show the sentence with it on there, it would be better to show the verb first on its own and try to get the student to guess, then if they can´t, then show the sentence to help them further with the answer. I just did the entire lesson in 24 mins, apart from the questions at the end with a B1 student, it is in no way a 75 min lesson in my opinion!

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    1. Dennis

      I would also really like to see slides 16 through 23 separated to give the participants more of an opportunity to think about the answers before they are revealed.

      Thanks in advance!

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      1. Stan

        If you use the Present mode in Google Slides, the answers are animated so students won’t see them until you press space or left-click (each point is animated separately so one click = one answer).

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    2. Stan

      Okay, we might have overestimated the time but still we think it should take around 60 minutes. Obviously, that’s going to be true for a group setting, doing all the tasks (incl. the questions at the end) and the fact that students are somewhere on A2/B1 level. It’s an estimation, of course, and it all depends on how talkative your students are and how much time you want to give them to talk and practice using the verb patterns. In terms of identyfing a verb pattern, we figured that for A2 or lower B1 students, it’s enough to find it in context. Of course, you could just ask them to guess without going back to the quiz.

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    3. meier-hilling1

      This may be a valid point. However, the columns are a good basis for further tasks, either free-speaking work or free question building work with QA sessions…

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  3. Montse Sinfreu

    I registered unlimited plan using Facebook but now I can’t remember my password and I don’t have acceso to worksheets

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    1. Stan

      If you registered via FB, then just log in using the same Facebook account (no password required). Alternatively, reset your ESL Brains account password through this link: https://eslbrains.com/my-account/lost-password/ where you need to put your email address (in your case the same as you used for your FB account).

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  4. meier-hilling1

    Superb lesson plan!
    Though some of the alternatives in the questionnaire seem a bit bland, this is exactly what provides food for thought and discussion.
    Thanks for integrating the politically correct usage of they/their ind the questionnaire insteda of he or her when referring to a friend.
    This is also a good point to make while teaching this lesson…

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