Lives and Legends: A Speaking / Listening Lesson
Intermediate (B1) level
To provide fluency speaking practice in a role play and discussions as well as provide gist, specific information and detailed listening in the context of ghostwriting
To provide gist reading practice using short texts about book reviews
To provide clarification of publishing lexis in the context of an interview with a ghostwriter
Procedure (32-50 minutes)
'What is it? There is a word for this. Work in pairs to invent the word. 1 minute.' Ss check with another pair. Audio FB play the first 5 sec. of the audio and elicit the word. T / w/c FB
Give Ss some time to read the sentences. Pre-teach 'pen name' - refer to LA sheet. Ask Ss: 'What do you think ghostwriter means?' Ask one or two individuals. play the audio file. Replay if necessary. Ss peer-check with the person to their right - then left w/c FB - show three with your fingers.
Say: 'This is Andrew Crofts and these are his 'ghosted' books. Read them quickly. One minute.' Say: In groups of three, discuss which one is the most interesting and why? You have 3 minutes' T monitors. w/c FB: ask two Ss to give their opinions.
'Stand in two rows in the front of the classroom, face-to-face. You are the interviewer and you are Andrew Crofts, the ghostwriter. You ask these questions. You answer their question with the information on the card. When I clap, you swap your cards and start again.' Give Ss to read their cards. Model one or two questions if necessary. T monitors. Give help with sentences/vocabulary as necessary. FB how do you think Andrew become a ghostwriter? Elicit one or two ideas. Pre-teach some of the words in the listening by eliciting and/or reformulating what Ss say. and record on the board.
Ask Ss to read the two sentences. Encourage guesswork and elicit some answers. Play the listening. Ss Peer-check w/c FB
Ask Ss to use their mini-dictionaries to look up the meaning of the words. Ss peer-check w/c FB Clarify MFP on the w/b by eliciting from Ss- refer to LA sheet.
Ask : read the sentences. Then listen to the rest of the interview. Andrew enjoys being a ghostwriter. Why? Check the reasons he mentions.' Ss listen. Ss peer-check w/c FB by nominating Ss
Divide the class into three groups Gr A: Discuss Q1 and write their answers on w/b Gr B: Q2 - discuss advantages of being a ghostwriter and record on w/b Gr C: Q2 - discuss disadvantages of being a ghostwriter and record on w/b T monitors and gives help as necessary. OPTION: groups swap their topics and agree or disagree with the ideas on the w/b w/c FB each group summarises the points they made - others (1 S) agree or disagree. OPTION: if time, language FB on common errors.