Panic! You're in the Information Age now....
upper intermediate level
To provide fluency practice for expressing nuanced opinions in conversation
To provide review and practice of question formation with "subject" question words and prepositions, in the context of a quiz
To provide inference listening practice using a text about psychological effects of information overload
Procedure (91-122 minutes)
students write out names on papers and hand them in to teacher write up on the board the phrase: Modern life is .......than in the past. ask ss to think of something for the gap....use the names to call people out and then return the paper so that T can see who is who.
play the recordings and ask if these speakers mention the same things as us. listen again and answer the more detailed questions T/F/or doesn't say.
ss underline the words that show the person is making a generalisation. with h/o 14b THEN ss add in a word with h/o 14c THEN ss look at phrases for exceptions 14d
ss go back to the underlining h/o 14b Now they should make examples that are generally true for the statements and also think of exceptions....
T asks for any particularly interesting or strange examples feedback on good or bad language.
hand out the questionnaire. Ss should answer and think of examples that support their opinions. then discuss in pairs. After this could be a suitable moment for a break.
HO grammarextra01 which contains a reminder about subject and object questions. ss do the exercise and then check with a partner.
T gives HO ex. 2 If there's time it could be interesting to make back the whole sentences that the questions were formed from...eg Pandas get 99% of their diet from bamboo.
T may be available for questions in this time
T plays the 7 minute section. Ss organise the strips of paper into the order of the discussion. Allow time for questions here - ss may have other things they would like to ask about what they heard.
HO listening for details and then play the short piece just about the rat / dopamine experiment. Quick check in pairs. (answers will be given in the next stage)
HO language focus. This contains the answers to the previous exercise. Now convert them into questions.
Reorganise into small groups. T asks "Are we like those rats in boring cages? What do you think?"