Never Smile at a Crocodile. Listening
To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about how to survive an attac of a wild animal in the context of wild life
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation and storytelling in the context of wild animals
Procedure (37-45 minutes)
I play the song "Never Smile at a Crocodile" (from the Peter Pan cartoon) with subtitles to provide the context. We probably come back to this song at the end of the lesson to make a an optional gap-fill activity.
I put some pictures of wild animals on the table and ask the Ss whether they have met any of them. Do you think they are dangerous? What do you have to do if you meet them? Elicit comments, stories, advice. I distribute the HO1 with a multiple-choice test "Would you survive?". Read, tick the variant you think is correct, check with your partner, class feedback.
The Ss listen to a survival expert and find out whether they chose the right answer. Check in pairs, short feedback and probable agree/disagree comments.
I distribute the HO2 with true/false statements and ask Ss to read the statements first. Then they listen to the text once again, chose an option, check in pairs, class feedback. Pre-teach/elicit 'colour blind'.
I suggest training Ss' memory and distribute the sets of cards with the names and pictures of animals. The procedure is the following: each pair receives a set of cards with pictures and names. The first stage is to put the right animal name to a picture. If not sure - try to guess. Short class feedback on some of the unknown names. The second stage is to remove the names, reverse and put all pictures in one pile. Each person draws a picture and names the animal on it. If successful, the person takes the picture in their pile. If not - the second person can give a try. If nobody knows it, they put it aside and I help them memorizing this card while monitoring. The person with the most correctly named cards wins.
The activity is based on the exercise 4, p. 67. I disribute HO4 with questions for discussion in pairs or in groups of three (depending on the number of students and the layout of the class). I monitor the discussion. Finally, I ask some of the students what they have learned from their partners. Class feedback.
The Ss receive the text of the song (Never Smile at a Crocodile) with gaps and a list of words to fill in. They work in pairs and try to guess the gapped word from the context in pairs. Class feedback, optionally listen to the song once again.