Machines Behaving Badly
To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about Technology in the context of Disadvantages of Technology
To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of Advantages and disadvantages of technology
Procedure (39-53 minutes)
- Tell students that they are going to watch a video and discuss a couple of questions afterward. - Play the "When technology fails" video. - Show them the questions and read them to students. - In pairs, students discuss. - Share with the class.
- Words: antisocial/anti-social, flick through, show off, textspeak, comprehensible, technophobe) - In this stage, target vocabulary will be taught to students through fitting them into their answers to the discussion questions - The ECDW model will be followed for each word. - MPF, CCQs, etc. are included in the attached language analysis (LA) sheet.
Exercise 4 (a) In this activity, students will skim through the text to match the headlines (1-7) with the paragraphs (A-G). - Explain the task but do NOT provide the sheet yet. - Ask them: 1. For this task, do you need to read word for word? (No, read quickly) 2. Do you need to understand the details? (No, the general idea) - Advice them to read the first sentence carefully, then read the rest of the paragraph quickly. - Set a time limit of 5 minutes & have them work individually. - Students check in pairs. - Check with the class.
Exercise 5 - Draw students' attention to exercise 5. - Give them 30 seconds to read the questions. - Ask them: 1. For this task, do we need to read carefully? (Yes) 2. Is it enough to get the main idea of the paragraph? (No, we need to understand the details) 3. Think of task 4 & task 5. Which one should take a longer time? (Task 5) 4. Why? (Because we need to read more closely) 5. In task 5, do we give our opinion or answer according to the reading? (according to the reading) - In pairs, students read and answer the questions. - Shuffle the pairs and have them check with their new partners. - Display the answers and have them check quickly.
Exercise 7 (B) - Ask students who likes technology and who does not? - Group them accordingly and have them, in groups, list five reasons for liking/loving technology and reasons to dislike/hate it. - Explain to them that they are going to have a debate, where each team will pose an idea, and the other responds to it. - Encourage them to defend their positions.