Languages alive and dead. Reading and Speaking
Upper Intermediate, B2 level
The main aim of this lesson is to give students practice in reading for gist, specific information and detail, and in deducing meaning from context through a reading on " Languages alive and dead".
To raise students' awareness of related lexis. To give students practice in speaking for fluency through discussing, giving opinions and agreeing and disagreeing.
Procedure (35-48 minutes)
Students discuss in pairs what they think is the difference between a living language and a dead language. The whole class discusses as group their ideas about the difference between a living language and a dead language.
Students read the text quickly to check if their ideas from Warm up were correct or mentioned. Students check their ideas with their partner and then discuss as a whole class.
Focus students on the statements in Reading exercise 1. Students read the text and put the statements in the right order. Students then check their answers with their peers. Students come to the board and put the sentences in the right order.
Students read the text again and answer the questions in Reading exercise 2. Then students discuss their answers in a group of 3 or 4. The whole class discusses the answers of the questions.
Students complete exercise 3 in a group of 3 or 4. They work out the meaning of vocabulary. Students then discuss as a whole class the meaning of the new vocabulary.
There are two signs on opposite walls, one says "Strongly Agree" and the other " Strongly Disagree". The statements of the Speaking exercise 1 are read out loud to the students and they have to run to the sign that is closest to their opinion. Students then discuss in groups of 3 or 4 if they agreed or disagreed. Monitor. Feedback from students.