Teaching Practice 5
Upper Intermediate level
To enable students to practice fluency speaking in the context of a conversation about superstitions
To enable students to practice their listening skills by watching a video on the topic of superstitions
Procedure (34-43 minutes)
Show Slide 2. T asks Ss, "Can you guess what we will be talking about tonight?" Show Slide 3. T says, "Tonight we are talking about superstitions. We are going to watch this short video together, to introduce tonight's topic." Play YouTube video. T asks Ss, "Have you heard of these superstitions before? Are any of these superstitions new for you?"
Show Slide 4. T says, "Here are some words we often use when we talk about superstitions. Superstition is a noun." (T reads example sentence.) T says, "Superstitious is an adjective." (T reads example sentence.) T says, "Good luck, or lucky. These mean the same thing." (T reads example sentence, and shows how "good luck" and "lucky" can be substituted for each other and have the same meaning. T says, "Bad luck, or unlucky. These mean the same thing." (T reads example sentence, and shows how "bad luck" and "unlucky" can be substituted for each other and have the same meaning. T circles "good luck charm" and asks Ss, "what does 'good luck charm' mean?" T explains and provides examples of a good luck charm if Ss don't know. (e.g. A good luck charm is an item that you keep close to you, or put up in your home to protect from evil, and to bring good luck. For example, a rabbit's foot, or evil eye.") T circles "bad omen, good omen," and asks Ss, "What does 'omen' mean?" If Ss don't know, T explains: "An omen is a sign that something is about to happen. A good omen means that something good is going to happen- for example, if you see a shooting star, that means there will be good luck. Or, if you see a black cat outside, some people say that you will soon have bad luck.") T asks Ss if they know the meaning of jinx and curse. If Ss don't know, T explains that jinx or curse means for bad luck, or a bad spell to be cast on you. For example, "The evil witch put a curse on the princess." T asks Ss if they know the meaning of fortune. If Ss don't know, T explains that fortune is a synonym for luck. If you have good fortune, it means the same thing as having good luck. If you are fortunate, that's the same thing as being lucky. T asks Ss, "Can you think of any other words we can use to talk about superstition?"
Show Slide 5. T says, "Work with your partner to come up with at least 5 superstitions you have heard of before. Write them in your notebook, or on your phone. Try to think of more than 5 if you can! If you need to take a picture of this slide so you have the instructions, you can. You have 5 minutes." ICQs: "How many superstitions will you write?" (At least 5) "Where will you write the answers down?" (Notebook or phone) "How many minutes do you have?" (5) T sends Ss to BORs. T monitors while Ss discuss.
Show Slide 6. Send Link to questions in the chat. T says, "Everyone, click the link in the chat." T says, "Discuss these questions with your partner. Ask each other all the questions, and make sure you both answer each question. Don't just say "yes," or "no," explain why. You have 12 minutes." ICQs: "Will you say yes/no, or explain your answer?" (explain your answer) "How much time do you have?" (12 minutes) T sends Ss to BORs. T monitors while students discuss. T takes notes of any errors made.
Show Slide 7. T nominates S to answer Question 1, and repeats with Questions 2, 3, 4, and 5. If there is extra time at this point in the lesson, T cycles through the questions again, this time asking a different S to answer each question. T conducts delayed error correction based on mistakes observed while monitoring breakout rooms.