Practice Teaching 1
Upper- Intermediate B2 level
To give Ss practice in writing opinion paragraphs in the context of "What are you optimistic about?"
To extend Ss' awareness of future time phrases and give them the opportunity to practice them and future verb forms.
Procedure (35-51 minutes)
*Place the two Images "Just Around the Corner" and "Light years away" side by side on the white board. *Write the text from the listening: The days of unlimited renewable energy, for example, are light years away. The days when blogs will determine elections are just around the corner. Ask the students, which time phrase means "soon" and which time phrase means "in the distant future"? This Phase serves as a warm-up/demo to the next stage
PW: Students in pairs Distribute the remaining 6 time phrases cut outs before long - any day now - a long way off in my lifetime - in the near future - just wishful thinking (omit) Light years away - just around the corner ------------------------- Instruct the students to discuss and decide the meaning of the phrase: whether, by using this phrase, what will happen will happen "SOON" or "IN THE DISTANT FUTURE"
Designate one side of the room as "SOON" and one side "IN THE NEAR FUTURE" by writing these on opposite sides of the board. When the Ss have decided the meaning of their phrase, ask them to stand on the side of the room connected to their phrase. As a whole class discuss each phrase and answer questions. Handout the "Time Phrases Category" sheet for reference
Change Pairing of the Ss by asking them to pair with someone from the opposite group (SOON with DISTANT FUTURE) Hand out the "Matching Time Phrases Worksheet" Ss complete the worksheet in pairs Whole class feedback
Write on the board: "What are you optimistic about?" Your Life Your City, Country, or local area The World Illicit from the Ss what being optimistic about these categories might include Life (career/family/projects/hobbies....) City, Country, or local area (sports team, entertainment, leisure, transportation, crime, social environment) World (environment, politics, conflict, technology, medicine, economy) Ask the students to choose one of the three categories which they are optimistic about. Get into these groups and discuss. What are you optimistic about? Why?
Hand out the "Writing Assignment" Look at the texts from the first part of class Remind the students to refer to the two texts from part 1 of class and note the structure. Suggest on the board: I am optimistic about....... I believe that... I think that... I hope that.... I am confident that.... (Time phrase) Instruct the students to use at least one time phrase sentence to end their paragraph.
PW Ss, with their completed writing assignments: work in Pairs, Ss swap their texts - read and correct any errors. Students bring their writings up, stick them to the wall and are able to read each others' writing. Ask the students who they think is the most optimistic.