B1 / Pre-Intermediate level
To engage the students about a bizarre and complex topic, thereby expanding their abilities to understand and speak about such topics in English.
To provide gist and detail of an exciting public event through listening, giving them practice to listen for detail and gist through a common medium i.e. radio/podcast.
To present vocabulary about an uncommon topic, which is skydiving, and to introduce the concept of 'record breaking'.
I will challenge the students to speak about a record they might like to break, as well as their own feelings on the act of skydiving.
Procedure (42-45 minutes)
I will refer to the title "The Man Who Fell to the Earth" and ask the students to interpret the title. What do they picture? Is it an ordinary man who we are referring to? This will be a nice warm-up in an open class environment.
We will go over four vocabulary words from the audio and discuss the Meaning, Pronunciation and Form of each. These are from pg. 159 in the handbook, where the audio transcript is provided. This is open-class.
I will present a link to Google Jamboard with three less challenging questions, to give the students an opportunity to get the gist of the content. I will play the audio, which is 2 1/2 minutes long. I will request for them to use private messaging on the Zoom chat box in pairs. We will then as an open class discuss the questions and answers.
We will listen to the audio a second time, I will be requesting them to take notes if it helps them, and to prepare for a more detailed task. They will answer 10 True or False questions from Google Forms - again, using private messaging in the chat box (in pairs if possible) then we will discuss the answers as an open class.
First there will be a speaking task. These will be some open-ended questions from the handbook. We will have breakout rooms again - just for three minutes - before an open class discussion. Finally, I will use the Zoom whiteboard to make a DEC, which I will have prepared in my notebook in person here.