Essential English 08 To Want (Pt 2)

A short oral lesson with exercises to practice the verb "want" in the present negative and interrogative forms. Tips for teachers conducting classes are included here in the presentation. Scripts are available free of charge.
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Essential English 08 - "To want Part 2"

Tips for teachers

  • First the students learn the verb "want" in the negative 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 “don’t want” and “doesn’t want”. Have them repeat as a group after you or after the recording. Listen carefully to make sure they understand and say these forms properly even if you have to exaggerate.
  • Then in pair work they practice "want" in the negative with the different pronouns testing each other. You walk around the class and make sure they differentiate between “want” and “wants”. As they have done in previous lessons one student will say the pronoun e.g. “I”, “you”, “he”, etc. and their partner will say, “I don’t want”, “you don’t want”, “he doesn’t want”, etc. You walk around the class and make sure they understand and apply the difference between “don’t like” and “doesn’t like”.
  • You remind them of the verbs help, show, guide and explain to me/you, listen to me/you. You should explain buy this. Also I suggest you introduce verbs that would go well with “I don’t want to” or “he doesn’t want to…” e.g. “play video games”, “listen to rap music”, sing songs, dance, listen to the teacher, go home, go to bed, etc. You should also invite them to ask for more personal vocabulary.
  • Then they walk around using these verbs with classmates in the sentences “I don’t 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. Have them copy these words or expressions from the board when they sit down.
  • Then you place them in groups of four and have them practice with “he” and “she” in sentences such as “he doesn’t want to…” or “she doesn’t want to…”. They say something about a partner e.g., “He doesn’t want to…” followed by the different verbs you have written on the board or they have noted previously.
  • When they can do this well, you introduce the interrogative and have them practice with their partners using the different pronouns.
  • If the class is progressing well, you can work on the following pair of sentences. The 1st student will ask, “Do you want to…?” And the 2nd student will answer in the negative, “No, I don’t want to…”, e.g. "No, I don’t want to sing", "No, I don’t want to dance", "I don’t want to make cakes", etc. Tell them that they should stress the word “no”. This can turn the exercise into something quite funny. Of course, they ask each other several questions.
  • Have them walk around the room putting the same questions to other students.
  • At the end the students can explain to their partners or then to the whole class what they don’t want to do, saying, “we don’t want to…” That can be a fun way to terminate lesson.
  • 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.
  • Also I advise you to avoid having the students talk about their friends in front of the whole class in sentences such as “he doesn’t want to…” or “she doesn’t want to…” That may embarrass certain students. So that is why it’s better to work on sentences with the pronoun “we” when you ask a particular student to speak to the whole group.


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Marianne Raynaud

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