To provide an accuracy speaking practice through a discussion in the context of the opposite sex
To provide clarification and practice of linking words in the context of the battle of the sexes
Procedure (36-45 minutes)
Teacher writes Men are from Mars and women are from Venus on the white board and divides the white board. The students work in groups and each group gets a part of the white board. The students brainstorm their ideas about the topic while the teacher monitors the process.
Students read the text A gossip with the girs? for gist. Then they answer the following question in pairs: Do you agree with the article?
Students read the text again and fill the gaps in the Reading execise with the correct words from the text. A peer check follows. Then, the teacher points out how important is to use the language when discussing.
Students discuss the following topic: Do you agree that men gossip more than women? The discussion goes as follows: Everyone has a minute to speak. If a student startles or doesn't have anything to say, other students can challenge that student and finish the minute. The student who finishes a minute gets a point. A student who manages to finish his/her own minute, gets two points. Students who are being offensive to the other students lose a point and their minute.
During the discussion, the teacher makes notes of students mistakes. Afterwards, the teacher discusses these mistakes with the students. As a time-filler task, the teacher can play the video on YouTube Men vs Women.