Tugce Kilic Tugce Kilic

The Giant Dinosaur
Intermediate level


In this lesson I will be using BBC Earth channel on Youtube along with cardboard that will enable my Ss to learn about the biggest animal walked on earth, dinosaurs and use all the skills in an integrated way that they will first express their existing knowledge about these great animals and then watch and listen to Sir David Attenborough talking about them. They can also wander around to explore more using their VR cardboards as the recording is in 360 degrees. My students are 12th Grade high school students of intermediate level and there are 20 students in the class. According to the attitude scale I applied previously they have positive attitudes towards learning English and according to my observations they have language aptitude as well.


Main Aims

  • 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.

Subsidiary Aims

  • 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.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

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?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

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.

Productive Task(s) (13-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

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.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

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.

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