Teaching Practice 1
To provide students with practice in listening for gist and specific information in the context of a conversation between family members.
To provide students with practice in speaking and writing.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Greeting the students and trying to remember their names with a five minute get-to-know activity.
Use the picture in the book (without the conversation) to create interest – Who are these people? What’s the relationship between them? Where are they going? Why is the boy unhappy? etc. Give time to pairs to discuss and elicit answers.
Play the CD and ask students to check their predictions. During feedback elicit that Ruth is collecting her children from school.
Distribute the conversation and give students time to read and think what each blank should be. If they feel they are sure of the answer, they can write it down, but tell them that they will listen to the CD again anyway. Play the CD for the students to write/check answers. Make sure they check in pairs before you do plenary feedback. After you check the answers elicit how the children are different from each other – Nick is impolite. Elicit how he sounds impolite and go over the information on ‘sounding polite’ section (1 and 2) to help with the post task. Model intonation as well.
Use ex. 2. Ask groups of three to rewrite Nick’s lines to make him sound more polite, following the advice from the previous stage of the lesson. Give groups time to write the extra lines and practise the conversations. Monitor and help as necessary. Depending on class size, either pair groups and ask them to listen to each other’s conversations or ask a couple of groups to perform in plenary. Make sure you give listeners a task – you can ask them to evaluate if they effectively used the strategies mentioned to make Nick more polite. You can play the suggested answer (recording T1.5) to give extra listening practice and finish off the lesson.