TP 7 COLD COMFORT
Upper Intermediate level
By the end of this lesson, the learners will be better able to talk about their opinions on illness and syptoms
To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a role-play and discussion in the context of illness
To provide review and practice of symptoms in the context of illness
Procedure (40-50 minutes)
Divide the Ss into the groups of three. Introduce Ss to the topic through personalization. Ask Ss these questions on WB (ppt) and tell them to discuss the questions. *Do you think people ever pretend to be ill in order to miss school /work? *Have you ever pretended to be ill in order to miss school /work? *Do you think people are sometimes genuinely ill but exaggerate their symptoms for some reason? *Which illnesses are the easiest to fake? Give feedback by asking "Who has pretended to be ill?" Why?" "Which illnesses are the easiest to fake?" Why?"
Regroup the Ss and give instruction; tell Ss they will look at some words related to symptoms."There are 9 words and 9 meanings.Match the words with their meanings"and then give one set cut-ups per group of 3. Give the answer key and tell them to check the answers. Early-finishers can peer-check. Ask them "Is there any word which you haven't heard before?" Clarify the meaning of the words with CCQs and miming if it's necessary. Present the exercise on WB and ask them to find the correct answers with their partners and write them on WB.
Present the questions on WB and ask them to discuss them in their group. Which of the ten symptoms would you go to the doctor for? What would you do or take to treat the symptoms? What are the possible causes of the symptoms? Give feedback by asking questions; "Which of the ten symptoms would you go to the doctor for?" "Why?" Group Ss into 3 and present the symptoms. Ask them to think about these and prepare an advice for each of them. Give feedback by saying the symptoms one by one to different Ss.
Present a matching exercise and give instructions; "Match the sentences 1-9 to the situations a-c" They will do this activity in pairs. Give the answer key. Put Ss into A and B pairs and name the As "boss" and Bs "calling in sick" Give the instructions; "Read your situation and be prepared for your role" by showing the role-cards. Give the role-cards and monitor them. When they finish, name them "chemist" and "customer" and give the other role-play cards. After that, name "doctor" and "patient" and give the last role-cards. Keep monitoring and make notes for the error correction part.
Make error correction on WB and ask yes/no questions. Put the Ss in different groups and ask them to do the role plays again with different partners.