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Defining relative clauses

 

Defining relative clauses contain information about nouns.Have you read the message (that) I sent you yesterday?This example contains information about the noun message.She was talking to some people (who) she works with.This example contains information about the noun pe...Read more

 

The following ESL resources are available for Defining relative clauses:

 
 
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Sentence pairs: where - when
Twelve sentence pairs - one correct, one incorrect - containing relative clauses relating to places and times
 
 

 

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Crossword - relative clauses for places and times
Split crossword. Students make clues using relative clauses. The words are all either places or times.
 
 

 

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Christmas defining relative clauses quiz
Students make questions using defining relative clauses (What do you call the day that comes after Christmas Day etc.) from prompts (answers given). Play in teams or pairs. Five questions each.
 
 

 

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Defining relative clauses practice
Ss make definitions of words connected with education. (Substitutes the rather UK-centric activity # 3 on page 44 of Inside Out Intermediate student's book)
 
 

 

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Defining relative clauses
(1) Analysis: different ways of adding information to nouns - adjectives, compound nouns, relative clauses. (2) Exercise: join two sentences together using relative clauses.
 
 

 

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Defining relative clauses - assembly
Ss reassemble definitions and match them to headwords.
 
 

 

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Defining relative clauses - relative pronouns exercise
Two sets of headwords and definitions jumbled and relative pronouns gapped. Students match the definitions to the headwords and fill in the relative pronouns. They can then read out the defintions to another group who have to guess the headword.
 
 

 

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Defining relative clauses with where and when
Reference notes, analysis and examples
 
 

 

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Sentences for completion
Ten sentence prompts on the pattern: _________ is a city that/which/where/when/whose/who/why __________ . Students complete and then give headwords to partner who has to guess the defining sentence
 
 

 

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Sentences for completion 2
six sentence prompts on the pattern: _________ is a person that/which/where/when/whose/who/why __________ . Students complete and then give headwords to partner who has to guess the defining sentence.
 
 

 

 
 
 
Relative pronouns quiz (1)
Tests knowledge of both defining and non-defining relative clauses
 
 

 

 
 

 

Relative pronouns quiz (211)
Choose the correct relative pronoun.
 
 

 

Defining relative clauses quiz: omitting the relative pronoun (215)
Decide whether the relative pronoun can be omitted.
 
 

 

Defining relative clauses quiz (276)
10-question multiple-choice quiz
 
 

 

 
 
 
Defining relative clauses : word order exercise 1 (213)
Arrange the words and phrses in the correct order to make a sentence.
 
 

 

Defining relative clauses : word order exercise 2 (214)
Arrange the words and phrses in the correct order to make a sentence.
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 5 Kids  Pages 44 - 46
Reading: children's definitions of 'a mother'. Listening: children defining various things. Sentence completion exercises. Find someone who... game. Definition auction : Teams bid for true defintions.
 
Unit 8 Review 1  Page 70 
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
 
Unit 11 Sell  Pages 102 - 103
 
Unit 14 Review 2  Page 133 
 
 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 7 Big events  Pages 76 - 77  Language focus 1: relative clauses
Three texts about celebrations in different countries gapped for defining and non-defining relative clauses Follow-up exercise for speaking (pairwork) Combination exercise (Combining information to make sentences with non-defining relative clauses)
 
Module 7 Big events  Page 83 
practise
 
Consolidation modules 5 - 8  Page 95 
consolidation
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
 
56 Defining relative clauses  Page 56 
Various texts containing some definitions.
 
 
Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
 
2 - Whatsitsname?  Page 2 
Descibing objects from pictures: A thing for ...ing A thing that does... etc.
 
4 - Relatively speaking  Page 4 
Card game with pictures. Ss make defintions of objects in pictures and others guess the object.
 
7 - Whose  Page 7 
Ss complete questionnaires as follows: ...is a student whose brother... etc.
 
 
Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover 

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) 

Colin Granger   John Plumb   
 
Word Bluff page 25  Page 25 
Ss match word with correct definition (choice of three). Set of eight.
 
 

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
 
21 Defining relative clauses  Pages 119 - 124
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
 
27 Holiday crossword  Page 27 
Ss write crossword clues using defining relative clauses. Subject : holidays and travel.
 
 
Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  

Sue Kay   
 
24 True and false indentifications  Page 24 
Very simple 'Call my Bluff' type activity. Teams of 2 have to choose 1 correct definition from 3
 
25 Stuff and things  Page 25 
Split crossword - everyday objects
 
 
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
 
14a & b Give me a clue  Page 14 
Ss make crossword definitions for half a crossword, then swap with another group. Subjects : people, places, objects
 
13 - 16a My kind of people  Pages 13 - 16
Ss complete sentences from prompts (I am attracted to people who... etc.) Sentences are redistributed and Ss mill to find who wrote the sentence.
 
 

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)
 

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)