In this lesson about habits, students revise three used to structures and learn phrases with the word habit. They also watch a video about neuroplasticity and reflect on different aspects of some common habits developed by people.
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Used to structures & phrases with habit
Before the lesson, students on their own read six unfinished sentences and have to match them with their endings. This task allows them to check what they remember about three common used to structures (used to, be used to, get used to). Students complete a table choosing the correct information about the meaning and form of each of them. Then, they put the rules into practice and have to rewrite six given sentences choosing the correct used to structure. Next, they move on to a vocabulary part. They have to analyse five phrases with the word habit and decide whether they describe getting into/being in the habit or stopping the habit. Once their meanings are clear, students move on to the next task and use the phrases to complete five gapped sentences.
Listening & speaking practice
The in-class part of this lesson about habits starts with a discussion in which students talk about their own routines and practise the language they learnt on their own. Before watching a video, they read a statement about the brain and have to decide whether it’s true. They watch the video to check their answers and learn what neuroplasticity is. Then, students listen for details, putting nine words and phrases from the video in the order they hear them. The listening practice is followed by a vocabulary task. Students read a short gapped text related to neuroplasticity and have to complete it with the words/phrases from the previous exercise (e.g. pathways, carve out, hard-wired). The lesson finishes with a speaking activity in which students discuss some common habits that people have. They put into practice the words and phrases they learnt earlier and answer five given questions.
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