Free-Speaking activity throughout ''The Bridge''
Upper Intermediate-B2 level
To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of moral values
To provide practice of language used for defending or blaming someone in the context of guilty one for a woman's death
Procedure (40-45 minutes)
The teacher asks students ; -What is moral value? -Do you think that moral values change from person to person or culture to culture? -Do you sometimes judge,defend or blame people for what they did as moral values may vary from person to person or culture to culture or up to the situation they are in Students discuss in groups.
Students individually read a text just for gist and put the characters in an order from the most guilty to the least to blame for the woman's death.
The teacher asks them with which useful language they can blame or defend someone. She elicits and writes on WB. -It was his fault. -It was her own fault. -He/she was the most to blame. -He was innocent. -Everyone is responsible for his/her own actions. -He was only doing his job. -He/she shouldn't have done that. -If he/she had/hadn't done that, this wouldn't have happened.
Students first make their own list from the most to the least to blame on the table the teacher gives then they try to convince their partner and make a list they both agree on. Then they try to convince other pairs. They fill the second list.
Students in turns roleplay the characters and the others ask questions to him.(interview) They try to decide on the list of characters from the most to least guilty to blame.
Students write their own personal decision about who was the most and least to blame for the woman's death in the final list column. They see if they really were fair at the beginning and at the end. The teacher asks: -Why did you change your opinion? And what does it mean? Students think and discuss.