Sunday, 28 September 2014

Make do Collocations

I am no longer sharing posts on this website. I have moved everything to Wordpress (lesson plans as well).
My new website is

I hope I see you there :D

Collocations: Make and Do

Today I am sharing a lesson plan that presents and practices make/do collocations. This lesson is for elementary level students (teens/adults but not for very young learners). What is the lesson about? It is about Jack and Maria's love story. In particular, what they do before the date, what they say during the date and notes about household chores once they are living together : ).
In this post you will find  a brief lesson plan for a 45 minute lesson (the role play and note writing can last longer) along with a downloadable detailed lesson plan, handouts and a PPT.
Skills practiced: speaking, writing (mostly).

I hope you like this lesson. I used it with adult learners and they had loads of fun.

Teaching idea: Add a theatrical vibe to the session: Bring in some props like champagne glasses, flowers and have a table with two seats in the middle of the class.
Picture found here

                                     Brief lesson plan
Lead in: T. shows picture of a couple and sts fill in a table about how men and women prepare before a date (4 mins).
Task 1: Ss read two diary entries (Maria and Jack's) and find the collocations in the texts (4 mins).
Task 2: Reading comprehension task based on diary entries (6 mins).
Task 3: Ss tick a collocation grid (4 mins).
Task 4: Ss match the collocations in task 3 to phrases in task 4 (4 mins).
Task 5: Brief speaking task about what ppl talk about during dates, followed by a presentation of new collocations which is then followed by a role play. Ss act as if they are Maria and Jack on a date. They use as many collocations as they can (16 mins).
Task 6: Ss write a note related to household chores as Maria and Jack now live together. Ss use the collocations they have learnt today (6 mins).

Download lesson plan here Lesson Plan frame.doc make and do collocations

Download handout here
Make - do handout.docx

Download PPT here
(Keep in mind that the picture of the couple should be slide three but somehow it has been moved to the end. Sorry for any inconvenience : )

Please let me know what you think of this lesson once you have tried it.
Have a fun class: )

Till next time........


  1. Thank you for this wonderful lesson plan. I am sure it would bring about much excitement and ensure learner engagement as it is relevant to real life situations.

    1. Hi!!!
      Thanks for reading and I am happy you liked the lesson plan. Let me know how the lesson went, ok?
      Thanks again : )

  2. Thanks for the work you put into this lesson plan. I am going to work without in my classes, age 14 up.
    Hope that you will come up with some more of that great and helpful material.


    1. with it of course, not without

    2. Hi Oli!!!
      I am glad you liked my lesson plan. Let me know how the lesson went, OK? I hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading : )