Longleat Speaking Lesson
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of a day out at the zoo
To provide clarification of animal words in the context of the zoo
Procedure (35-42 minutes)
Put animal pictures on board or around room and ask students to match the animal names to the correct picture. (12 words - 6 on each table) WGFB - check answers are correct - ask students which is their favourite animal - ask students which is scary
Write headings on board. In pairs, students discuss which category each animal belongs to: 1 - wild animals 2 - farm animals 3 - pets (2 mins) Swap pairs. WGFB - stick pictures under headings.
Form - one by one, write the words on the board next to the picture. Elicit - nouns. Elicit - plurals of difficult ones (wolves, sheep, mice) Pronunciation - elicit stress and mark it on board. Drilling - especially the tricky ones (wolf, wolves, etc) Then test! Remove animal names from board and elicit by pointing to pictures only.
Give students the texts. Read about two places un the UK where people go for a day out. Which place is more interesting, do you think? Why?
Tell them to read very quickly in PAIRS, ONLY to find out: Half the class will be team Longleat, half will be Regent's Park. LONGLEAT: 1 - how do you travel around the safari park? 2 - which animals can you see there? 3 - can you visit Longleat house? 4 - where does the gorilla live? (3 mins) REGENT'S PARK: 5 - When did London Zoo first open? 6 - Is the theatre open in October? 7 - How many places to eat are there in the park? 8 - Where can you hire boats from? (3 mins) Swap teams, WGFB. Which place is more fun? Why? (ANSWERS: 1 - in your car; 2 - monkeys, wolves, lions, tigers, gorilla; 3 - yes; 4 - on an island in the middle of the lake; 5 - 27th April 1828; 6 - No, open til September; 7 - six; 8 - Boathouse Cafe on the lake.)
Give an example to students, then students speak in pairs. (2 mins) Think about the last time you went to the zoo. Which animals did you see? (When I went to the zoo I saw.....) Which animals do you want as a pet? (I want.... because....) Which animals don't you like? (I don't like.... because....) Swap pairs (2 mins) WGFB
Picture of animal on students back. Other student must describe animal to them. Each time they guess correct, they take a point cut out, swap partners, repeat until time is up. Most points wins. WGFB - most points?? OR Half students represent Longleat, half represent London Zoo. Students mingle and convince others their place is best. When convinced, joins their group. Most wins.