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Relative clauses | ESL/EFL Lesson Plan

The focus of the lesson: Teaching relative clauses
Size of the class: 40 students
Age: 14 years old/grade 8
Level: Beginner/A2
Length of the lesson: 45 minutes

“Relative clauses” is not something very difficult to learn but (according to most of my Vietnamese students) the name “relative clauses” sounds very academic and unfriendly. This lesson is just an introduction in relative clauses.

Step 1

Teacher asks students to say and asks them why:

A famous singer who you like a lot.
______ is a famous singer who _______

A thing that you often lose.
______ is something that I often lose.

A place where you would like to go.
______ is a place where I would like to go.

Relative clauses | ESL/EFL Lesson Plan

Step 2

Look at the definition below. What do you think the missing word is?

______ is someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early. (Answer: a boss)

Step 3

In pairs or small groups ask students to think of a definition of the following words and write them in the notebooks: a mosquito, a secret, the brain, an American, and an office.

Step 4

Match the words with their definitions (cynical definitions).

An American is a person who speaks only one language, English.
An office is a place where you can relax after a difficult weekend at home.
A mosquito is a small animal that makes you like flies better.
A secret is something that you only tell one person.
The brain is something that starts working when you get up in the morning and stops working when you get to work or school.

Relative clauses | ESL/EFL Lesson Plan

Step 5

Complete the definitions for the following words:
A tourist is somebody ______.
A kitchen is a place ______.
A phone is something ______.

Relative clauses | ESL/EFL Lesson Plan
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