Upper Intermediate level
To provide students with reading and collocations with "ideas" in the "The Six Rules of Brainstorming" article
To provide students with the knowledge of necessary lexis for their speaking and help them to be able to use the collocations of adjectives and phrasal verbs that can come with "ideas".
Procedure (25-39 minutes)
-T starts the class with a paper that the word "brainstorming" is written on it. -The T asks Ss to talk to the class and explain if they know the meaning of the "brainstorming". -The Ss talk about their ideas freely in the class with no comment from the T. -Then T shows a picture of a brain that is storming, so let the students who could not get the idea get a clearer picture.
-After the Lead-in, now that al the Ss have a clearer sense of the "brainstorming", the T asks Ss, "What brainstorming is used for?" -To assist Ss, T asks students to write down their ideas about "How to make sure we only speak English in the class?" -Then T groups Ss into two and asks them to discuss with each other and write down their ideas as groups. Then each group needs to read their ideas to the class.
-T prepares a page with a list of vocabularies that may be hard for students. -Ss need to read the first column and write the synonym and antonym of each if it is applicable.
-At this stage, the teacher gives the article of "The six Rules of Brainstorming" to the Ss and ask them to read. -Before Ss start to read, T asks a question from all to find the wrong rule/rules from the text. Then T explains that there is no wrong or right rule for brainstorming.
-T puts Ss into three groups and asks Ss to read the text again and underline six verbs that collocate with "idea". -Again T asks Ss to read the text again and circle six adjectives which collocate with "idea". -T may come up with the first example so Ss understand the task before reading for details.
-T gives Ss eight new sentences with all the bolded-verbs, puts students into three groups, and asks students to replace the bolded-verbs from the previous exercise (verb collocations with "idea"). -By the time each group is finished, T asks each group to discuss about eight sentences and give their ideas to each other. Ss can agree or disagree with each other on the tpics.