The meaning of life / Simple past tense
Elementary, A2 level
To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about the businessman and the fisherman in the context of the meaning of life
To provide detailed reading practice using the introduction of the text about the businessman and the fisherman in the context of the meaning of life
Procedure (38-47 minutes)
T introduces herself and asks them 'What do they do?'. Then, T projects a picture of a businessman and a fisherman and asks them "What do they do?" "What are the differences in their lives?"
T tries to elicit the words "fishing village, tuna fish, advice, bored, take siesta". T asks some CCQs to check if they get the target words, writes them on the board and shows the stress of the words. Please check the materials.
T tells Ss they are going to read the introduction of the story and answer some questions related to it. T gives handouts to the Ss. While they are on the task T monitors. Then T wants them to check their answers in pairs. Later, T nominates Ss to check the answers.
T writes the question "Who has the best life?" on the board and tells Ss they are going to listen to the story of the fisherman and the businessman once. Then, T wants them to discuss their ideas in pairs and nominates some of the Ss to share their ideas.
T tells the Ss they are going to listen to the audio again to do the true-false exercise. First, T gives the handouts and wants Ss to read the sentences. Then, she plays the audio. As they listen T monitors. If they have difficulty in understanding, T plays the audio again. Then, Ss check their answers in pairs. To give feedback, T projects the answer key on the smartboard.
First, T explains the meaning of 'moral' as 'lesson of the story' and 'what really matters' as 'what is really important'. Then, she asks the moral of Pinocchio to check if they have understood. Then, T divides the Ss into two groups. T explains the first group is going to discuss the first question and the second group is going to decide what the moral of the story is. As they discuss, T monitors and take some notes to give delayed feedback. If time allows, T wants Ss to discuss if they agree with the statements, monitors and gives feedback.