The Giant Dinosaur
At the end of the lesson students will be able to speak fluently during a conversation or discussion in the context of extinct animals with a focus on the form of Simple Past Tense.
My subsidiary aim is to make the Ss listen for a specific information about the task during listening practice using a 360 degrees recording about dinosaurs in the context of extinct animals.
Ss will also use their note-taking skills during listening for specific information.
Procedure (31-40 minutes)
Teacher shows photos of dinosaurs to the students on the smart board and ask the following questions: 1) What are they? 2) Where are they? 3) What happened to them? 4) Have you ever wondered and looked for more information about these animals?
Students watch the video with their cardboards on and try to understand the general information given in the recording. When they watch for the second time they will take notes about the Titanosaur's features, anatomy, weight of its heart, respiratory system.
At this stage I will let my students work in groups of four and share their feelings about this experience with each other using Simple Past Tense, also discussing the info they get about Titanosaur's anatomy and respiratory system. They will also talk about other extinct animals, or about to become extinct. In the meantime, I will walk in between the five groups and observe their performance. The language form might be Simple Past Tense but as these students are in intermediate level they already have the competence in using this tense. That's why what I regard the most important is their fluency in producing oral discourse with no inhibition.
At the end of the lesson I would like my students to share their thoughts and answers with me so that I can show them that what they think is important and, even though I check their fluency implicitly by walking in between the groups and provide feedback by rephrasing the mispronunciations in their speech, I still would like to hear them speak with me as well and share their thought with the other groups. This last discussion will also include discussion about their existing knowledge about extinct animals or in danger of extinction.