Like in Questions – Lesson plan

Like in Questions (Lesson Plan)

Using like in questions in English may be confusing for beginners and pre-intermediate students. Firstly, like has two grammatical functions; it may be used as a verb or as a preposition. Second, the meaning of questions with like varies which complicates the issue even more. This lesson plan tries to deal with these issues. The aim is to improve the understanding of the various meanings of like and to make students notice its use in questions.

Use of like in questions

Use of like in questions

The activity

1. Write on the board the following questions:

  • What would you like to eat?
  • What do you like doing?
  • What is your best friend like?
  • What does he look like?

2. Ask students about the grammatical function of like in the above questions (whether it is a verb or as a preposition.)  Ask them to complete the following table:

“Like” as a verb“Like” as a preposition

3. Ask them to discuss the different meanings of like in the different questions.

Question about physical appearanceQuestion about hobbiesQuestion about personalityQuestion about preferences

4. Ask students to do the following matching exercise:

  1. What do you like doing?
  2. What is your best friend like?
  3. What does your best friend look like?
  4. What would you like to do next weekend?
  • Handsome; he’s got short black hair, brown eyes and he usually wears jeans and a t-shirt.
  • Reading science fiction, watching classic films on late night tv.
  • Kind and helpful.
  • Stay at home.

5. Ask students to give their own answers to the above questions:

  • What do you like doing?
  • What is your best friend like?
  • What does he/she look like?
  • What would you like to do next weekend?

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2 Responses

  1. I would to learn this

  2. MUKHTIAR says:

    students should be taught in the scientific way by teacher..

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