Speaking. “People speak English all over the world”
To develop fluency in speaking; dialogues and monologues
To develop reading skills (scanning); increase language awareness on the topic “languages and countries”;
They already know the names of languages, countries, nationalities
Pace of the lesson is quite unpredictable. It’ll depend on how much the text will involve the students. That’s why the lesson needs extra (optional activities).
Lack of confidence in students judging literature texts
Some students might feel reserved in the presence of guests
Textbook “Enjoy English-7” Biboletova M.Z.; handouts
Personal laptop, scanner, blackboard, overhead projector, the Internet access
This is the 6th lesson in the sequence of 15 lessons devoted to the theme “Meet the Winners of the International Teenagers’ Competition” (Unit 2)
Yarkova Elena Vladimirovna
Stages of the lesson
Revising the vocabulary on the topic “countries, languages, nationalities”.
Aim: To engage students
To activate schemata on countries and nationalities
The teacher gives out the cards with languages/countries. Explains the task.
Students work with partners. They have card with words. One of them say a country the other replies with a nationality / language and vice versa. Then altogether we discuss what languages are more / less popular. What countries they want to visit and what languages are spoken there etc.
Lead into a communicative activity based around the topic of “languages”. Free speaking practice
Ex.18, pg. 38
Aim: pre-listening task, preparing for listening and also reading the text about English
Organizes pair work. Explains the task.
Discuss the auestions in pairs: 1)what languages are easily understood in any part of the world? 2) what languages are spoken at international conferences? 3) which ones are more often used in the internet communication?
Ex. 19, pg. 18
Aim: practice listening on specific information (checking of the predictions on what unites all the countries marked on the map)
Shows the map of the world with some countries marked. Sets the questions: what countries are marked? What unites all of them? What languages are spoken there?
The students look at the map and answer the following questions. After guessing, they listen to the answers and learn that English is spoken as the first language in all these marked countries.
Reading (information gap activity)
Reading for specific information (continuation of the topic: why English is so popular and why all the above named countries has it as one of the official languages)
Explains the task. Randomly gives 3 questions to each of the student. (How many countries have English as a second language? Why it has become so popular? Un which spheres of life is it used? etc).
The students have different questions on the English language They move around the class finding their piece of information stick to the wall and then they orally exchange it with the rest of the class, others fill in the table.
Free oral activity
Discussing their own opinion and ideas of the main reasons of such a popularity of the English language.
Aim: Develop fluency in speaking on the given topic.
Explains the activity. Firstly each student writes their own ideas and conclusions about the topic in their copybooks. Then they exchange their ideas with their partner. Finally they move to another partner and share the ideas again. (“Pyramid discussion”)
Try to predict the future of the English language and its role in the world: is it a language killer or a useful mediator? Express your ideas on why English is so popular. Pros and Cons of English.
Reflection on what has been done learnt.
Praises the students, gives hometask, discusses the most common mistakes etc
Express their opinion about their performance, write down their hometask
Brief description of context, location and time
The classroom is quite big, with desks in rows across the room. There is an overhead projector, a computer and some posters too. The lesson was before lunch at 11.35 a.m. o’clock approximately. It was Friday.
Brief description of learners
There are 14students in the group aged 12-13. Half girls, half boys. Most students are rather motivated, though the level varies. They know each other well since they are the students of the same school. The students are quite interested and motivated, though there are 2 weaker students. The students feel comfortable during the lessons and they are quite active.
c. Brief description of the new idea/ solution and why chosen
I have chosen information gap activity. This is more interesting than just reading the text individually and answers the questions; it gives students more speaking practice and motivates them. The general topic was “Countries and nationalities” and this lesson focused on English as an international language. So we can see that this lesson fits the timetable.
What went well? Why?
The lesson was quite dynamic as we used different activities and visual aids. Children had a lot of speaking activity and I tried to observe teacher limit talking time. They really enjoyed moving around the classroom trying to find the answer to their question and in general the students liked the discussion and they had interesting ideas on the topic. The lesson gave the students the opportunity to express themselves and they talked within their partners, group and the whole class.
What did not go well? Why?
In general the lesson was successful, though during freer practice the students had some problem in constructing sentences, so I had to give them some patterns as the basis of their answer.
What changes will I make next time? Why?
There was not enough writing activity, so next time I would like to add more writing tasks so they can improve their writing skills. I would like to include some videos with real people talking about the future of the language and natives expressing their opinion about the subject, though I need to revise the lesson then as it will take some extra time.
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