F is for Friends
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate, Prep Speaking level
To provide Ss with an opportunity for freer speaking practice on the subject of friendship--how to define it; how to qualify it (e.g. a good versus a best friend); and how forming a relationship like friendship can change ones perspective on other people
To provide Ss with an opportunity to practice their gist reading skills, of a poem (with an associated video activity) on friendship and technology titled 'Look Up'
Procedure (131-153 minutes)
Write on the WB FRIENDS and FRIENDSHIP. Briefly elicit from the WC how they would define a 'friend' and 'friendship.' Write some of the Ss' answers on the WB. Show the WC a photo of your friend (Kristina). Describe to the Ss a little bit about Kristina and explain why she is your friend. [T Answer: she is CARING and NON-JUDGEMENTAL; she is very OUTGOING and socially active and INSPIRES ME to be more social; she is CREATIVE and UNIQUE; she WANTS TO LEARN NEW THINGS all the time (a trait similar to mine); she continues to be my friend, even when I am not actively working on our relationship.] [write on the WB]
Divide the WC into pairs and instruct the Ss to describe to their partner a friend of theirs. "Explain WHY this person is YOUR FRIEND; HOW LONG have you known each other; WHAT DO YOU HAVE YOU IN COMMON with each other and HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT; and WHAT ACTIVITIES do you like to do together [write on the WB]." Following GW discussion, bring the WC together for FB. Have some of the groups share with the WC what they learned about their partner's friend. While the groups are discussing, write on the WB two quotes related to 'friendship.' Following GW discussion and WC FB, have the WC respond to these quotes. What do they think the quotes mean and how do they apply to friends and friendship. Do they agree with what the person quoted is saying? --"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human." [George Santayana] --"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." [Elbert Hubbard]
Instruct the groups to think about their friends that they just discussed and to come up with 5 QUALITIES [write on the WB] that they think a 'good friend' should have. "Think about your own experiences with your friends and come up with 5 characteristics/qualities/traits that a person should have to be considered a good friend." Following GW discussion, elicit FB and write some of the Ss' answers on the WB [underneath the header GOOD FRIEND]. Point out any similarities if you notice them. Write on the WB BEST FRIENDS. Elicit from the WC their opinions on the differences between a 'friend' and a 'best friend.' Reference the WC to the previous activity. Brainstorm, as a WC, on 3-4 characteristics/qualities/traits that a friend should have to make them a 'best friend.' Write on the WB some of the Ss' answers.
Write on the WB some selected phrases commonly used when discussing the topic of friendship and describing friends. Elicit from the WC which phrases they are familiar with. Encourage a brief description from the Ss if they are familiar with any of the phrases. TO CATCH UP --- TO MEET --- TO MEET UP (differences and similarities?) TO HIT IT OFF --- TO GET ON WELL --- TO HAVE A LOT IN COMMON --- TO GET ON LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE (differences and similarities?) TO DRIFT APART --- TO FALL OUT WITH (differences and similarities?) Following WC discussion, distribute a matching vocabulary HO ('Friends Vocabulary') with an extended vocabulary list. Provide the answers on the WB.
Inform the WC that they are going to continue their discussion on friendship and making friends. "Discuss 6-7 of the 10 questions in this HO ('Making and Keeping Friends'). Try to use some of the vocabulary in your discussion (reference the previous HO)." Following GW discussion, bring the WC together for FB and some of the groups' conversation highlights.
Inform the Ss that they are going to watch, but not listen to, a video based on a poem about friendship. "The title of this poem is called 'Look Up.' While you are watching, try to figure out what the poem is about." [Stop the film at 2:22] In pairs, have the Ss discuss what they saw and what they think is the subject of the poem. Following PW discussion, bring the WC together for some general FB. Give the pairs the first part of the poem (Part 1). Allow the pairs time to read the poem. Show the film again, but this time with the sound on. Have the pairs follow along with the text while viewing the film. Following a viewing of the film, elicit from the WC their thoughts. What do they think is the message of this poem. Do they agree or disagree with the message of the poem? Repeat these steps again with Part 2. Have the Ss watch the film without sound first, reconstruct the story in pairs, lead a WC FB session, provide the pairs with the poem text, and, finally, watch the film a second time with sound while following the poem. Following a second viewing of Part 2 of the film, elicit from the WC their thoughts. What do they think the overall message of the poem is, now that they have watched both parts. Do they agree or disagree with the message of the poem? IF TIME: Write on the WB the following quotes from the poem, for the WC to discuss: --"Do you agree we are 'a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people'?" --"What does Gary Turk mean when he says 'give people your love, don’t give them your ‘like’'?" --"How can you 'live life the real way'?"