To give students practice in vocabulary in the context of Galileo's famous trial for heresy.
To give practice in speaking using change your mind game and to practise speaking for fluency.
Procedure (31-45 minutes)
Show pictures related to the previous lesson. Ask Ss who is the person in the picture.Most probably,they will say Galileo because they have seen and learnt about him.Then,ask Ss why he stayed arrested till the end of his life. (They should say because he was sure/certain about his theory,he didn't change his mind.)
Write on the board Certain and Uncertain. Say in a very firm voice I'm convinced. Ask students if convinced should go in the Certain or Uncertain column. Ask Ss to categorise the words in the box in pairs. Check the answers W/C FB. Drill the pronunciation of the words.
Tell Ss to read the sentence on the board "Galileo is certainly a symbol for intellectual freedom." and ask them to rewrite it using the words in the box in ex.1.Do this sentence together (Ask them how to rewrite it with the correct form of "Question") and then tell them to do the others in pairs.Then w/c FB.
Remind Ss the sentence "Galileo is without question a symbol for intellectual freedom." Tell Ss to make this sentence using the expressions "Take my word for it ... " and "There's no denying that..." After Ss do,tell them that they can be used more in spoken English to talk about things you are certain which are true. Ask Ss to complete the expressions with the words in the box in pairs. Ask Ss individually to remake the sentence "Galileo is without question a symbol for intellectual freedom." using other expressions.
Ask Ss to write a word ,in pairs, in each gap to complete what the people say. The first letter is given for them. W/c FB.
Put students into groups of four to six people. Ask each group to nominate a speaker. Ss read the rules silently. Ask CCQs to make sure they have understood. -Which expressions are you going to use? (In Vocabulary & Speaking exercise 3.) -Will the speaker continue speaking all the time? (No.) Do an example with another student calling out Change your mind! after 30 seconds. Students now do the activity in groups. Circulate and monitor. Make sure that each person in the group gets a chance to speak.