Collaborative learning.Reading and Speaking, using Past Simple.
To provide gist, scan and inference students read and speak in the context of technology (phones)
To provide practice of Past Simple in the context of Phones. How many differences between the phones from the 1910s and today?
Procedure (49-70 minutes)
1. Ask students about telephones and communications. 2. Have them to discuss and describe in pairs/ groups, how the phones are a part of daily life? 3. Ask about the things that modern phones can do. 4. How are phones different?
To show students on display the images of the learning glossary and the definition of the words. Vocabulary: candlestick, earpiece, invent, mouthpiece, operator, switchboard. Provide students with a printable version of the task. Students need to guess and connect the images and the definition. They can work in small groups. Then they check the answers.
Students scan the text for 5 minutes. They read independently for the gist. Ask questions for comprehension: How telephones changed the lives of people? How did people communicate in the past? How easy it communicate with friends and family then? What would it have been like to live with no telephone?
Students read the text again for the deduction. They need to find all the verbs in the Past Simple, highlight them and copy in their writing journals. Ask students the concept questions (G. Workman,2006, p.12): 1. "Is the action in the past? 2. Is the action finished? 3. Is there any connection to the present? 4. Do we know when it happened?" Let them discuss with the partners to check their answers.
Provide the students with the list of the questions. First, demo a few questions with a two, three students. Let students interview their classmates, at least 2 partners.