Lesson Plan Theme: Modals

On this page, you will find lessons plans relating to "Modals". There are also materials that deal with modal-like expressions such as "be able to" and "have to/don't have to".

Young Learners

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On The Beach

Target Language: Prepositions of place, can/can't, how many.
Description: A fun beach-based lesson where students practice "I can see" and "how many" to describe a beach, then draw pictures from a description. A lot of practice given with prepositions of place.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: YL3


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Yes We Can

Target Language: Can/Can't for ability, musical instrument vocabulary.
Description: Students learn the names of several music instruments and how they are played. A reading follows that looks at two musical sisters. After a reading comprehension exercise, the grammar focus is on "can/can't" for ability. A freer speaking exercise closes the lesson.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1T2


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You Should Leave Your Boyfriend

Target Language: "Should" for advice, Relationship vocabulary
Description: A general lesson which includes discussion, reading and speaking. Focus on using "should" for giving advice in the context of relationship problems. Some work on relationship vocabulary and optional writing activity.
Duration: 50-60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2G1
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You Can't Do That!

Target Language: Can/Have To/Can't for permission and obligation, learning to drive.
Description: Using the topic of driving and driving lessons to teach modal verbs of obligation and permission. Traffic signs used too - for can/have to/can't.
Duration: 40 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2G7
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Elisa Pili

Target Language: Have to \ don't have to \ mustn't.
Description: The story of an Italian girl and her work are used to describe obligation and lack of obligation. The American version uses "can't do something" whereas the UK version concentrates more on "mustn't do something". Take your pick!
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2G8
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The Charity Show

Target Language: Can/Can't for ability.
Description: Lesson that focuses on abilities and talents. Students listen to two friends talking about a talent contest and the lesson ends with a communicative game using can and can't.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L1
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By My Rules

Target Language: Must & mustn't for rules. Polite complaints.
Description: A role play about sharing a house with someone and establishing must/mustn't rules.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2RP2


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The Broken Laptop

Target Language: Use of should/shouldn't have for the past.
Description: Doug returns his broken laptop computer to the store and finds out there are some things he should and shouldn't have done. Good computer related vocabulary.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G12
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Hurricane Herbert

Target Language: Weather vocabulary, modal verbs of obligation and permission.
Description: The first part of the lesson is an exercise on some more advanced weather vocabulary. Students then read a newspaper article giving some advice dealing with hurricanes. The second half of the lesson focuses on the modal verb usage in the newspaper article and the lesson finishes with a fun "Hurricane Facts" game.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G13
Tags: Modals | Weather
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The Room Mates

Target Language: Should/shouldn't, Living together and "house rules".
Description: Students talk about problems that arise when living with other people. The listening is a couple of friends discussing some problems they are having - with the apartment owner laying down a few do's and dont's! Some grammatical focus on using should/shouldn't to give polite orders.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L9
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The Home Fort

Target Language: Home security vocabulary, phrasal verbs and modal verbs.
Description: The theme of this lesson is home security and how we can be safer in our homes. After a brainstorm warmer, the pre-listening focuses on phrasal verbs which the students will hear. There is also some work done with modal verbs that are used in the listening. The lesson finishes by getting students to use modal verbs to give advice about home security.
Duration: 80 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L14
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Golf Blues

Target Language: Should (Not) Have Done
Description: Some work on golf vocabulary is followed by a light hearted reading to elicit should have done and shouldn't have done. Speaking game to finish with.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4G1
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Murder At Marston House

Target Language: Present and past modal verbs of deduction.
Description: A good ol' fashioned murder mystery - on the dark moors of Yorkshire! Which of the dinner party guests will be the prime suspect in the murder of Lord Marston. Our Chief Inspector and his assistant are on the case and using a lot of modal verbs of deduction!
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4G6
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Who You Gonna Call?

Target Language: Be able to/managed to/succeeded in/couldn't, emergency services.
Description: Students think about the different emergency services and what they each do and then read about a group of police officers involved in search and rescue work in a rural setting. Grammar focus: using could/be able to, etc. for ability in the past.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R6


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Have To

Target Language: Obligation and lack of obligation: have to / had to.
Description: What do students have to do as part of their daily work routine? This lesson focuses on both the positive and negative forms of "have to" and ends with a look at the past form too in the context of a customer making a complaint by phone.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2G3
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Meetings Abroad

Target Language: Modals & expressions of advice, obligation.
Description: Looks at the important issue of business trips abroad and differences in culture to teach modal verbs of necessity, obligation and prohibition. In this lesson, there is a particular focus on reading and writing e-mails about the issue.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2G4
Tags: Modals
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Setting Up

Target Language: Should(n't) have done \ 3rd conditional.
Description: Looking at the early ups and downs of a new business to give students practice at past modal verbs and the third conditional. A role play at the end gives students good speaking opportunity.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B3G1

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