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    Default To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    Could you please help me find more synonyms for "to give a lesson" which could be inserted into the following sentence:
    Ann ____________ her first lesson as a trainee teacher.

    1) to teach a lesson
    2) to conduct a lesson

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    For the verb teach, in the simple past, try: educate, instruct, school, tutor, coach, train; enlighten, illuminate, verse, edify, indoctrinate; drill, discipline.

    For the verb conduct, again in the simple past, try: manage, direct, run, administer, organize, coordinate, orchestrate, handle, control, oversee, supervise, regulate, carry out/on.

    First, you make a sentence and then we'll give you our opinion.

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    She gave/took/taught her first lesson/class; she taught for the first time.

    She conducted her first lesson does not sound natural to me.

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    She gave/took/taught her first lesson/class; she taught for the first time.

    She conducted her first lesson does not sound natural to me.

    She gave/ taught her first lesson/ class are natural examples. As for the others, I have never come across them in natural speech.

    'She took her first lesson' would mean that she was a student and took her first class or lesson in a certain subject.

    Conducted is a lot frozen. It can't be used in a natural context.

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    Quote Originally Posted by nouamaneer View Post
    'She took her first lesson' would mean that she was a student and took her first class or lesson in a certain subject.
    In BrE, as has been pointed out very recently in another thread, Teachers can take (i.e. teach) classes in BrE. Students can take (= attend as a learner) classes. Context makes the meaning clear.

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    First, you make a sentence and then we'll give you our opinion.
    I did make a sentence with one missing verb ("Ann __________ her first lesson as a trainee teacher.")

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    For the verb teach, in the simple past, try: educate, instruct, school, tutor, coach, train; enlighten, illuminate, verse, edify, indoctrinate; drill, discipline.

    For the verb conduct, again in the simple past, try: manage, direct, run, administer, organize, coordinate, orchestrate, handle, control, oversee, supervise, regulate, carry out/on.
    John, thank you for the vocabulary, but I needed the verbs to go together with the word "lesson" in the following sentence:
    "She __________ her first lesson as a trainee teacher."

    Now I see that verbs "give" and "teach" can be used here. Thanks to everyone who contributed to my thread.

    P.S. There's one more word that I have forgotten about - "to hold (a lesson)". Does it sound natural to say :she held her first lesson as a trainee teacher?

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    P.S. There's one more word that I have forgotten about - "to hold (a lesson)". Does it sound natural to say :she held her first lesson as a trainee teacher?
    Not really. We can hold a tutorial or seminar, but not a lesson, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: To give a lesson? To teach a lesson?

    Thank you! This thread has been very useful to me.

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