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Reflexive Pronouns

Level: low Intermediate

Date: November 29,2012

No. of students: 8-

10

Grammatical aims: For the students to use reflexive pronouns accurately and fluently.

Functional Aims: To communicate indicating an independent action using myself, yourself, itself, herself, himself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves.

Objective: The students will be able to demonstrate the use of the reflexive pronouns as they describe an action done by a machine through creating an advertisement.

Assessment: The students will successfully write an advertisement for a automatic machine and present it to the class with using the correct reflexive pronoun.

Language Skills:

 

Listening: teacher’s guiding instruction, explanation, peer-listening, and

presentation Speaking: Sharing ideas with the class, pair-work

Writing: writing the advertisement, gap activity

Reading: reading the advertisements presented, gap activity

Materials: printed advertisements, gap activities, pictures

 

Anticipated Problems: students confusing the singular and plural forms of the reflexive pronouns, having difficulties seeing when the subject and the object of the verb are the same person.

Methodology: ESA model

 

ENGAGE: 5 minutes Warm-up: Start the lesson with a short miming session, where the students act out an action and the class has to guess what they are doing. (a list of verbs can be provided) Ask the students, “Think about an activity or skill that you did where you taught yourself how to do it.” Tell your partner. Responses such as, I taught myself

to…

,

I learned how to ….all by myself.

 

STUDY: 10-15 minutes

 

Write the word “automatic” on the board. What does the word “automatic” mean such as when we think of equipment and machines? Show pictures of washing machine, coffee maker, etc. Elicit answers.

Write the word “automatic ” on the board. What does the word “automatic” mean such as

Hand out the three advertisements to each student. Have the students read the ads and discuss how they are possible. The first one is possible,-teach yourself English. Who is doing the teaching? The other two are more futuristic and imaginary. What does “itself” refer to? What does “herself” refer to? Draw students’ attention to the phrase, “by herself”. What does this mean? - meaning without help or on her own.

Hand out the three advertisements to each student. Have the students read the ads and discuss how they are possible. The first one is possible,-teach yourself English. Who is doing the teaching? The other two are more futuristic and imaginary. What does “itself” refer to? What does “herself” refer to? Draw students’ attention to the phrase, “by herself”. What does this mean? - meaning without help or on her own.

ACTIVATE: 15-25 minutes

 

Have the students work in pairs and ask them to imagine a robot that could do something for you automatically. What would it do? Ask the students to write an advertisement for a male/female robot of various kinds or equipment. The advertisement should tell what it can do all by itself. Discuss about using herself/himself. Provide a list of verb words to help students decide on actions.

STUDY: 10-15 minutes

Teacher presents a review of the reflexive pronouns by writing words on board and completing chart for subject pronouns/reflexive pronouns. Ask students to write on board and help fill in chart.

Give a controlled practice exercise to complete.

ADVERTISEMENTS:

ELECTRIC ROBOT HOUSECLEANER:

She’s wonderful! She’s automatic! She cleans and tidies the house by herself. She cleans herself too and recharges herself regularly.

ENGLISH COURSE

Teach Yourself English! Do our course and you will be able to teach yourself, Give yourself practice and assess yourself using our tests.

AUTOMATIC LAWN!

Have the students work in pairs and ask them to imagine a robot that could do

A wonderful invention! You don’t need to do anything; just lay the lawn and let it look after itself.

It will water itself, weed itself and cut itself regularly.

Action words to use:

wash

teach

write

cook

clean

prepare

sweep

Take care of

Look after

Talk to

close

Come back

fill

sweep

empty

open

pay

cut

 

Subject pronouns

Reflexive pronouns

I

Myself

You

Yourself

He

Himself

She

Herself

It

Itself

We

Ourselves

You

Yourselves

They

Themselves

A.Fill each gap with the correct reflexive pronoun:

Lucy is making

a new dress.

_________________________________

Did you enjoy party?

at the

I like to look at ________________________________________ mirror when I try new clothes.

in

the

Resources: Ur, Penny, Grammar Practice Activities, Cambridge University Press, 200