Duration of lesson: 45 min. Teacher: Мaria Kryuchkova
Level: A1 (Breakthrough) Secondary school №
No of students: 13 Date: 17.12.2013
Theme: Raising of students' speaking skills aptitude through the development of the listening and reading abilities with the help of modern computer technologies in the context of the theme «English-speaking countries. National traditions»
“Starlight 6”, K. Baranova, J. Dooley, V. Kopylova, R. Millrood, Express Publishing-Prosveshcheniye, 2013)
Aims: - to revise / introduce lexis to describe events;
to provide practice in reading and listening for specific information;
to revise Modals Verbs and enable the students to give advice;
to teach the students to plan their work;
to encourage students to share opinions and solve problems working in pairs and groups.
Aids and materials: Student’s book p. 48; whiteboard; computer; cards.
Type of lesson: reading and listening
Anticipated difficulties: some unknown words and phrases (Pilgrims, the Mayflower, settle, survive, feast, harvest, fall=autumn).
To set context and get Ss interested
"Did you do anything interesting yesterday?" Did anything interesting happen to you yesterday? Did you have a celebration yesterday? And at the weekend? Have you received any interesting information recently?"
I got a letter yesterday from my friend Tatiana
Hi! How are you? Thanks for your letter, it was nice to hear from you again. I’m far away from Moscow and I’m writing this letter to ask you for help.
I have to write a script for a film for schoolchildren about an American feast. As far as I remember, it’s based on the historic event all Americans know about, something about the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, the place they settled, their survival and the harvest they grew in the fall of… don’t remember the year.
Could you please help me with the history of the feast, the tradition of its celebration, the food they celebrate with?
Well, I’d better go now as I have some work to do. Write back soon!
"Do you know about what celebration Tatiana, a script writer, is writing in her letter?"
Feedback on the board
You'll watch a song about this celebration.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UODvu6As4Ug
Students guess the name of the celebration Thanksgiving
Setting the aim of the lesson
Do you remember what help Tatiana is asking for in her letter?
Group work answers on the board.
1. History of the feast
2.Ttradition of celebration,
3.Food they celebrate with
Feedback with the letter.
"How much do you know about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving? Do the task on page 48 ex.1.
Group check on the board.
Feedback with the CD.
Planning the work in the lesson
Let's plan our work! We have to answer three questions. Does the text we've just listened give an answer to any of these questions? How can we find out information to answer 2 more questions?
We have to write a letter to Tatiana. Do we need any special phrases to give Tatiana advice?
So, we will think our work is done if we
1. find out information,
2. remember the phrases to write in our letters
3. be able to say correctly with the necessary phrases what we are going to write about (in groups). Groups will be responsible for one aspect only. Each of you will have to say 1-2 sentences on the topic.
Vocab. Revising / teaching
To introduce and practice the TL to the students.
Using presentation on the words. Have a look at Tatiana's letter. Do you know all the words here? feast, the Mayflower, the Pilgrims,settle,survival-survive,harvest, fall.
Feedback with presentation.
Reading for specific info
To develop Ss reading abilities
Text on page 48.
Read the text silently and highlight in the text the information you think Tatiana will use in her script.
Feedback with tables
Listening for specific information
To provide practice of listening for specific information
How can we find out information about the tradition of celebration and food Americans eat?
You will listen to the text 2 times and fill in the information we need. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG4XyNqUQxg Listening with the Internet
Pair work with the tables.
Feedback handouts with Thanksgiving Menu.
Oral controlled practice
To develop Ss abilities to give advice
What phrases do we use to give advice? Ss-T
Presentation on modals to give advice.
Group work on advice to write in students' letters to Tatiana.
Feedback with checking tables.
Sum-up, self-control and prospects home task
Summing up with the Quiz.
Question: what thanks would you give if you had such an opportunity?
Self control questions, topic is in the English exam.
Putting down home task - write your letters to Tatiana with your advice on what to write in the script.
To develop Ss listening skills
Is there anything in the story we haven't discussed yet?
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