To provide clarification, review and practice of gerunds in the context of discussing what makes people happy
To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of what makes people happy
Procedure (37-47 minutes)
T introduces the topic. “Today we will talk about what makes people happy". T shares Google presentation link in the Zoom chat and makes sure all Ss can open the presentation. T shares the screen, then continues with a brief discussion: “What makes us happy? Listening to classical music makes me happy. I am also happy when reading a book in the evening. How about you?” T nominates students to share answers the questions during OCFB.
T instructs Ss to move on to the next slide of the presentation. "Now quickly read these paragraphs sharing what happiness is. While reading, focus on the highlighted gerunds. Then distinguish them in 3 categories: -Gerund as subject -Gerund as object -Gerund as complement after a preposition You have 4 minutes for this task. ICQ: Are you writing your answers or just focusing on your gerunds?" After the 3 minutes passed, T nominates students to share answers during OCFB.
T guides students to a discovery of meaning, appropriacy and pronunciation of phrases with gerunds (please see language analysis sheet). A deductive approach will be utilized in that Ss will promote their own understanding by discovering the meaning, appropriacy and pronunciation of the given phrases in breakout rooms before OCFB. Color coding will be used to highlight each aspect and to aid Ss in the retention of the material. However, the last component of language analysis - form - will be elicited by T. “Now let’s discover meaning, appropriacy and pronunciation of a few phrases with gerunds".
T instructs Ss to move on to the following slide of the presentation. "You will now complete the following sentences with a gerund of your choice or a phrasal verb with gerund. Then in parenthesis determine for each case if the gerund you used is: A. Subject B. Object C. Complement after a preposition You have for minutes to complete the task and you can do so on paper or you can use the Google Form". ICQs: How much time do you have to complete the task? How can you complete it?"
T instructs Ss to move on to the following slide of the presentation and open the link to the Jamboard used to start off the free practice task. "Let’s share thoughts about happiness using gerunds as subjects, objects or complements after a preposition. Write your thoughts on a sticky note on the jamboard". T then instructs Ss to move on to the following slide of the presentation. "You have 3 minutes to share happiness tips with someone. What details can you get out of your group member(s)? Do you agree or disagree with him/her/them? ICQs: How much time do you have to complete the task? Are you writing or just speaking?" (See demo of the writing task in the column on the left). T sends Ss to breakout rooms for the free practice task, monitoring the groups closely and taking notes on any areas of confusion. Ss return to the main room. T provides Ss with feedback based on the monitoring of the task. T then instructs Ss to move on to the following slide of the presentation. "Let’s put together the 10 Commandments of Happiness, because even in light of the pandemic and the many other issues around us, we deserve to be happy! Share your best happiness tip in the chat box and I will add them to our tablet". Once the tablet is complete, T thanks Ss for their time and hard work, and says goodbye.