Emily Caglayan Emily Caglayan

Teaching Practice 2
B2 - Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss practice speaking and listening for specific information using authentic material about the two halves of the brain. The lesson starts with a lead in and the teacher elicits the new vocab from the ss. The first speaking activity is a controlled one, focusing on ss interviewing each other, specifically asking questions from a quiz to determine whether they are primarily right or left-brained. During the listening exercise, the ss will listen to find out what their answers to the questions mean, as well as do an activity in which they will listen for specific information. The second speaking activity, which is freer, will require the ss to interpret their partner's results and use new vocabulary. If time permits, the ss will discuss follow-up questions in small groups.


Abc Warm Up Videos
Abc Brain Facts Handout
Abc Quiz B
Abc Listening Activity
Abc Speaking 2 Activity Questions
Abc Quiz A
Abc Mingling Activity - Vocabulary

Main Aims

  • Speaking

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening, Vocab


Warmer/Lead-in (5 minutes) • To create interest in the topic

Right and Left Brain VIDEO: Show video of the difference between right and left-brained individuals. Tell ss to just enjoy the video, do not write down any answers, do not do any of the activities shown in the video... just enjoy. Tell them we will do an activity later on in the class to figure out if they are right or left-brained. (ICQ's... "Are you going to write anything down?" "Are you going to answer the questions in the video?" "Are you just going to watch?" "What will you do with your pen or pencil?") After the video is over, ask "What did you learn? What was surprising? What was interesting?" IF VIDEO DOES NOT WORK: Write "BRAIN" on wb. Ask ss "What do you know about the brain?" Distribute HO "Brain Facts." Ask them to read the facts silently. What did they learn? What did they find surprisng or interesting? Ask if they know if they are primarily right or left-brained already?

Pre-Speaking Activity (5 minutes) • To prepare students for the speaking activity and pre-teach the necessary words

WC Mingling Activity: Have ss stand up. Explain that some ss will be given a vocabulary word and others will be given a definition. Their job is to find their match. (2 minutes) Once the pairs are made-- ask the ss to bring up to the WB their matches and stick them to the wb. FB: Any words you didn't know? Any difficulties?

Speaking #1 (15 minutes) • To practice accuracy and fluency

PARTNER QUIZES: The ss are now in pairs. Go around and tell the pairs, you are A and you are B (ICQs: A's raise you hands. B's raise your hands). Rearrange the chairs so that they students are facing one another. Show Quiz A to the ss. All of the A's raise your hands. You are the scientists trying to figure out if your partner is primarily right or left-brained. To figure this out, you need to give them a quiz. DO NOT SHOW YOUR PARTNER THE QUIZ! (It is a secret!) It is your job to interview your partner, by asking the 10 questions on the quiz and circling your partner's answers. (3 minutes) Do a DEMO-- I am ss A-- as a ss to be B. Ask first question and show ss how I circle B's answer without showing the quiz to ss B. (ICQ's: Who will ask the questions? Who will answer the questions? Will you show the quiz to your partner? Who will mark the answers on the quiz?) Now it is B's turn to interview the As. B's raise your hands. Explains that you will give B's a different quiz... and it is now their turn to be the scientists and ask the 10 questions to their partner (again without showing the quiz). (again 3 or 4 minutes) When both A and B's are finished -- ask ss to add up the answers... counting all the a responses and b responses... write it at the bottom of the quiz. Still, do not show the quizes to your partners.

Listening Activity (10 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist and a listening task.

LISTENING: Leave the students in pairs, and tell them that they will now listen to find out what the answers to the questions mean, they will also be give a HO. Show the HO. Explain they must write either "L" or "R" next to the words. If the trait is typical of left-brained people, write an L... if it is typical of right-brained people write an R. Demo what they will do-- then play CD. Play second time is sss want. Give markers to ss and have them write answers on WB.

Post-Listening, Speaking #2 (10 minutes) • To practice accuracy and fluency

In same pairs, present your partner's results. If Needed, write on WB useful Language: "You got mainly a's/b's..." "Your answers were a mixture of a's and b's..." "According to the experts, that means that..." Divide ss into groups of 3 (give me three colors) In groups, tell ss to discuss their results of the quiz. Give each person in the group two questions (the questions are numbered 1, 2 and 3). The ss with no. 1 goes first, then no. 2, and finally no. 3. The ss should read one question at a time outloud to their group and then answer it. Then, read the second question outloud to their group and answer it. After ss 1 is done, ss 2 should go, and finally ss 3. (ICQ's - What are you discussing? How many questions will I give you? Who will go first?) While ss are talking, make notes of common errors and correct these during fb with wc. If time permits, have ss present to wc what they learned about themselves and about their results.

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