Nora Kanshaw, 25 Jan 2018, listening Practice
To provide specific information listening practice using a text about zero waste lifestyle in the context of the environment
To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of zero waste lifestyle vs. normal lifestyle
Procedure (35-41 minutes)
I start the lesson by showing Ss some pictures and some questions using the OHP to set the context, and I ask them to discuss these questions in pairs: What do yo see in these pictures? Why are there three colors of waste containers? What do these three colors mean? Do you have this color coding in your country? How much rubbish do you throw away each day? Do you usually use plastic bags or reusable shopping bags ? Why? Why not? Then we listen to some of their answers.
Before Ss start with the listening, I give them some mixed cards with words and their meanings in order to avoid any blocking vocabulary once they start the listening activity. They work in pairs to match the words with the meanings, I monitor them and after that I give them handouts with the correct answers.
Before we start listening for specific information, Ss watch the beginning of the video (30 seconds) and in pairs they discuss these questions: What do you think the video is about? Why do you think the girl has this small jar? What does the jar include? After they discuss these questions I listen to their answers.
After listening for gist, we move to a more detailed exercise that needs Ss to listen for specific information. I give Ss a handout which includes questions, they choose the correct answer while watching the video. We watch it twice or more if needed After they finish, they peer check with their partners. To make the whole class feedback more student-centered, Ss nominate each other to answer on the board. Then, we check whether the answers are correct or not.
I divide students into four groups, two groups think it is better to adapt zero waste lifestyle. However, the other two groups think zero waste lifestyle is a silly idea and we should live a normal life like we do now. First, each group will think of a way to convince the other group to join them. They can do this by preparing some advantages or disadvantages together as a group and then they start mingling with the other group and discuss their opinions and try to persuade each other. I monitor them while speaking. After that, I ask who changed his/her mind and joined the other group, why?