To increase reading comprehension and facilitate the students into talking about their weekends
To enhance writing skills
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
I ask the students what they enjoy doing on the weekends. Do they go to the beach? Do they go to concerts or the theater? Do they go to art shows? After eliciting a list of activities on the whiteboard, I ask the students follow-up questions about these activities. For example, which beach do they like to go to? Which band do they like to see in concert?
I ask the students if they ever go to chat rooms and have a brief discussion about what they talk about and which chat rooms they go to. The students are given four stories from chat rooms on page 97 of the Interchange book. To check comprehension, I ask them to recount what they read one by one.
I give the students a list of false statements about the chat room stories. After they correct the statements, we try peer correction and the students switch their papers and correct one another.
I tell them some interesting things I have done, such as traveled to India and saw a volcano. I ask the students about different interesting things they did. I tell the students that now we will write about our own interesting weekends.
I tell the students we will now talk to each other about our weekends. They will do this in groups of two or three, telling each other about what they wrote. If time allows, we will ask some of the questions on the simple past questions list. Suitable questions from this list will be written on the board and asked after switching into different groups.