Irreversible word pairs – oral peer correction

Yesterday I was able to teach this lesson to my adult advanced group (C1 CEFR) and the outcome was great. The objective of this lesson is to present Irreversible word pairs, and use them in a meaningful context. The topic of the lesson is linked to their business project that is currently in motion: Recommending projects to your city.

The topic of the lesson: Talking about projects to your city (using irreversible word pairs).

[Slides 1-4] Setting the scene 

  • timing: 7′
  • interaction: S-S (pairs) or Ss-S (trios)
  • monitoring: teacher presents the slides and listens to ss contributions
  • feedback: on the spot. 

Steps (repeat them for the 3 slides):

  1. show ss the following slides;
  2. ask them if they understand the meaning of the pink “expressions”;
  3. ask ss to make a meaningful/true sentence using the pink “expressions”;

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Ss contributions: In the meeting, my boss went on and on about the bad results.

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Ss contributions: I have my ups and downs / the ups and downs os Brazil’s economic situation.

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*Also: No ifs or buts.

Ss contributions: My boss doesn’t want ifs and buts, he/she wants things done.

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Here, students laughed and agreed.

Ss contributions: I am the heart and soul of my family/my company.

[Slide 5] Systematising language

  • timing: 4′
  • interaction: S-S (pairs) or Ss-S (trios)
  • monitoring: teacher walks around the room and listens to ss contributions.
  • feedback: T boards good language produced and pronunciation to improve.

Steps:

  1. show ss the following slide
  2. ask them what the pink expressions are. (irreversible word pairs).

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[Slides 6-8] Systematising language / part 2

  • timing: 15′
  • interaction: S-S (pairs) or Ss-S (trios)
  • monitoring: teacher walks around the room and listens to ss contributions.
  • feedback: T boards good language produced and pronunciation to improve.

Steps (repeat the steps for the 3 slides)

  1. show ss the following sentences
  2. ask them to read the sentences and discuss the meaning of the word pairs. 
  3. ask ss to match the pairs to their meaning.

— > Slide 6

It’s impossible to get any peace and quiet in this house with you two arguing all the time.

She puts body and soul into her work with the girl guides. She is an inspired leader.

You’ll risk life and limb if you decide to go white-water rafting after such heavy rainfall.

I know this hotel isn’t very good, but all the better accommodation is taken, so we’ll just have to grin and bear it.

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— > Slide 7

I’ve asked him politely already. Surely he doesn’t want me to bow and scrape.

He was ranting and raving about the price of everything in Britain. Why doesn’t he go and live abroad, if he’s unhappy?

I could see a number of houses scattered here and there over the hillside.

 How often do you see her now? Every now and again. Not as regularly as I used to.

Why don’t you get a job that pays more? First and foremost because I really enjoy the job I’m doing.

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— > Slide 8

I’ll try and keep this short and sweet. I know you don’t want to stay here longer than you need to.

 Oh, I’m so glad to have you back home safe and sound. I was beginning to get worried about you.

 I’m sick and tired of hearing your excuses. It’s about time you did an honest day’s work.

Little by little his heath improved and he was able to walk further and further each day.

 All in all, it was a successful holiday in spite of some scary moments.

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[Slide 9] Using the target language in context – 1′ speech

  • timing: 15′
  • interaction: S-S (pairs) or Ss-S (trios)
  • monitoring: teacher walks around the room and listens to ss contributions.
  • feedback: T boards good language produced and pronunciation to improve.

Steps:

  1. Ask students to have their phones ready. They will be using the QR code reader app. 
  2. With the app, students will have access to BBC’s website – full of irreversible pairs , their meaning and sample sentences: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv326.shtml 
  3. ask them to use 3 of the following word pairs to talk about their business projects – recommending a project to your city (covered in the previous lesson). 
  4. students will take turns and time each other’s speeches (1 minute).
  5. whoever is timing, will make notes of good language and language to improve so he/she will be able to provide their peers with feedback.
  6. teacher makes notes to provide everybody with further feedback.

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[Slide 10] Consolidating the target language – using padlet to make notes.

  • timing: 15′
  • interaction: S-S (pairs) or Ss-S (trios)
  • monitoring: teacher walks around the room and listens to ss contributions.
  • feedback: T boards good language produced and pronunciation to improve.

Steps:

  1. Now ss are going to record the sentences they have shared before using the padlet. 
  2. With the app QR code reader, ss will have access to:  https://padlet.com/wall/kozcy14wr91o 
  3. SS will use their devices to write on the padlet (that will appear on the board). This way they will have a record not only of their sentences but also their peers’ sentences.padlet[Slide 11] Wrapping-up
    • timing: 3′

    Revisit the topic of the lesson, the sentences, the target language.

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2 thoughts on “Irreversible word pairs – oral peer correction”

  1. Wow! I just loved this lesson! Thank you for sharing!

    Laura

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