Upper Intermediate level
To provide reading practice for gist and detail.
To provide clarification of vocabulary used in the context of worst case scenarios.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Focus student's attention on the vocabulary and images on the screen. Ask: What do you think the items on the screen relate to?/ What do you think the text will be about? (Answer: Things you use or stay away from in emergency situations.) CCQ: Do you think these things are useful or dangerous in emergencies? (Answer: Some are useful, some are dangerous) Activity: Divide items into useful and dangerous (using google slides) Have you ever been in a dangerous situation? If so, when and where? What happened?
Work on meaning of a wound, a splint, debris, to antagonise, to outrun and a threat. Break down the vocabulary through questions. A wound: How would you feel if you had a wound? (Answer: In pain) What kind of noun is a wound? (Answer: A countable noun) Can it be a verb as well as a noun? (Answer: Yes, ask for examples then provide one) Can it also be an adjective? (Answer: Yer, ask for examples then provide one) A splint: In what situation would you be wearing a splint? (Answer: Whenever you are in need of immobilising a broken/injured limb) What kind of noun is a splint? (Answer: A countable noun) Can it be a verb as well as a noun? (Answer: Yes, ask for examples then provide one) Can it also be an adjective? (Answer: No) Debris: Where and when would you find debris? (Answer: After something has been destroyed) What kind of natural fenomenon cause debris? (Answer: Earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) Is debris a countable noun? (Answer: No, it has no plural) Could it be a verb or an adjective? (Answer: No) To antagonise: What do we mean when we call someone an antagonist? (Answer: It meant that that person opposes something or someone) What are other synonyms for antagonist? (Answer: Enemy, rival, etc.) Now, what kind of word is to antagonise? (Answer: Verb, explain how it might be used in a sentence) In what sort of situations might you antagonise someone? (Answer: When you are trying to get them to dislike you) To outrun: Could I outrun a cheetah? (Answer: No a cheatah is much faster) Could I out run a snail? (Answer: Yes, snails are very slow) What kind of word is to outrun? (Answer: Verb, explain how it might be used in a sentence) What other synonyms could we use to say to outrun? (Answer: to overtake, to leave behind, etc.) A threat: Which of these might be a threat? A rabbit, a lion or a turtle (Answer: A lion) What kind of noun is a threat? (Answer: A countable noun, however, if we use under threat it's uncountable; show example of how to use it in a sentence) Could it be a verb or an adjective? (Answer: No)
Explain to learners the task and them to skim the text to get a general idea. Task: Students will have to match the titles with the paragraphs as a gist task. (on Google Forms). Ask learners to check answers in pairs (via private messages on the chatbox) before Open Class Feedback. Check answers with the class. Ask students which situation they would find most frightening?
Give students time to read the reading comprehension questions. (Google forms) Then allow some time to read the text carefully, as this time they are reading to find detail. After reading the text, allow the students to answers the questions and then separate them into pairs using breakout rooms. Here they can check their answers before the open class check and feedback. a. Because it might reduce/stop/cut off circulation/the flow of blood. b. Because there are machines using electricity and gas, and there is a danger of fire. c. Hallways are enclosed and provide protection from falling bricks; also they have little furniture to fall over and hurt you. Inside walls have no glass to break and cut you. d. Because it tells you how near the storm is. e. If you lie flat, your body increases and gives a bigger area for the lightning to strike/hit.
Draw students attention to the themes on the Google Slides: How to learn a foreign language... How to stay fit... How to dress well... How to find travel on a low budget... In the same pairs from the last exercise, (BOR) students will choose one of these topics and will come up with a list of three do's and three don'ts for it. They will then nominate one of them to share their list of do's and don't in the open class feedback. Use Jamboard to give Delayed Error Correction.