Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 10 May, 2012 - 13:30
While it is natural to focus on the challenge of starting conversations with strangers and keeping these conversations going, the real purpose of socialising is to turn these contacts into partners or even friends. Even a simple task like inviting a person out to a restaurant can cause embarrassment and stress. For this reason, this lesson includes discussions of why such situations are difficult, as well as plenty of practice.
Topic: Socialising and turning new contacts into partners
Sometimes when we ask students to write a composition they spend very little time at the important editing stage. In this lesson students will do a couple of ‘short writing’ activities with the focus on editing and accuracy.
In this lesson students practise speaking, reading and writing while talking about the fastest and slowest animals. The grammar focus is comparatives and superlatives with quantifiers. Students also learn some unusual animal vocabulary.
Visual representations of information are by no means an innovation in education. The use of graphs and charts to represent statistical information and time-lines showing the sequence of historical events have long been accepted tools, while in language teaching, the mind map is already a common aid to brainstorming a topic.
Lots of our students have problems with big numbers. Sometimes they don’t know where to say ‘and’. Sometimes they confuse numbers like ‘sixteen’ and ‘sixty’. In this lesson students revise big numbers in a fun way. First they play a guessing game, then they play Bingo! They finish with a pair work jigsaw reading activity.
This programme's topic is 'introducing new language' - introducing a grammar structure, a new tense or some vocabulary that the students haven’t been taught before. When we teach, we might do it in three stages: first we present, then we get our students to practise, and then to use the new language confidently and accurately. This is of course just one approach to introducing new language, but it’s one that many teachers find is a useful framework.