Essential English 07 To want (Pt 1)

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Essential English 07 - "To want Part 1"

Tips for teachers

  • First the students learn the verb "want" in the affirmative with the different pronouns. It is always best to give new words in the students’ native tongue to avoid any misunderstandings.
  • Insist on the difference in pronunciation between “want” and “wants”. Have them repeat as a group after you or after the recording. Listen carefully for the /s/ sound. Make sure they say it properly even if you have to exaggerate.
  • Then in pair work they practice "want" in the affirmative with the different pronouns testing each other. You walk around the class and make sure they differentiate between “want” and “wants”.
  • You remind them of the verbs help, show, guide and explain to me/you, and they walk around using these verbs with classmates in the sentence “I want to…” followed by the different verbs. It may help to write these verbs on the board or to project them on the screen. Use your intuition and add other words you think they would enjoy using.
  • Then you place them in groups of four have them practice with “he” and “she” in sentences such as “he wants to…” or “she wants to…”.
  • When they can do this well, you introduce the negative and have them practice with their partners using the different pronouns.
  • If they class is progressing well, you can work on the following pair of sentences. The 1st student will say, “I want to…”, e.g. "I want to sing", "I want to dance", "I want to make cakes", etc. And their partner can make a sentence in the negative with the same verb.
  • At the end you can invite them to ask for more personal vocabulary. Thus they can explain to their partners or to the whole class what they want to do or what they don’t want to do. That can be a fun way to end the lesson.
  • If you have time, you can of course invite them to talk about their friends by saying “he doesn’t want to…” or “she doesn’t want to…”
  • Recommendation: Be sure the students switch pairs very often until everyone has worked with everyone else several times. in this way each student will be producing the same sentences many times over. They will feel more relaxed if they can walk around the room or at least change seats several times.


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Essential English 07 Verb To want (Part 1)

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Essential English 07 Verb To want (Part 1)

Script in DOC

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Essential English 07 Verb To want (Part 1)

Good luck!

Marianne Raynaud

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