Friday 21st of March
To provide fluency speaking practice in a freer speaking exercise in the context of dilemmas
To provide a listening exercise both first for gist, then for specific information using a sound-clip about two people discussing a job offer in the context of dilemmas
To provide detailed reading practice using a text about 3 people that have to make a difficult decision in the context of dilemmas
I will refer back to the previous lesson and dilemmas. I will introduce the term 'at a crossroads' and ask what they think it means. Elicit a few replies. If they can't come up with anything guide them to the meaning. Draw a crossroads on the board and show them the exercise they did yesterday where they had to draw their own crossroads on their road of life
I will tell Ss they are going to read a text about 3 people who are at a crossroads. I will ask them who they think has the most difficult decision to make. Then I hand out the text and let the ss read to decide who has the most difficult decision. Students will then be put in groups of 3 and discuss and compare their ideas and give reasons for these. I will take general FB on what they thought.
Students will focus on questions in ex 2 and discuss their ideas in pairs. I will monitor, but not interfere, and take some general FB
I will show the enlarged picture to the class and ask them question: where do you think they are? who do you think they are? how do you think they feel? I will elicit some ideas and tell them it's Derek & Dave and that Derek has a problem. I will get the students into groups of 3 to discuss what the problem might be. I will take FB on the w/b but won't confirm/reject anything.
As the audio file is quite long it will be chunked in two parts. First, we will listen to the audio file and students listen to identify Derek's problems and see if their predictions are correct. I give them the hand-out. I will pause the CD at "Well, Japan's such a long way ... [...] at my age." Students get into pairs and compare their answers. I take feedback and see which of the ideas written on the w/b were the closest to the correct answer.
I will tell the students they will listen to the same part again and focus them on question 1-4 underneath the picture and ask them if they can remember what they heard before. Students will work in pairs to try and complete questions 1-4. I will take w/c FB. If they got all the answers we can move on to the next stage. If not, listen again and check their answers. Then again take whole class FB and check their answers and have them come up to the board and write one answer each on the w/b.
I will ask ss what they think Derek will decide and get some ideas. Then I will have the ss focus on questions 5-8, play the rest of the audio file. Ss listen and write down their answers for questions 5-8. They check their answers in pairs. Whole class FB. If necessary help them hear the correct answer reading the corresponding passage from the transcript.
Students will get into groups of 3 to discuss the questions in exercise 4. I will take whole class FB
In case there is time left, let students work in pairs to explain a dilemma from their own life to each other. Volunteer one or two to tell the whole class. Pronunciation correction where appropriate/necessary More time? Share my own dilemma