To introduce and provide practice of speaking for fluency in the context of doing something new (e.g. hobbies, learning a language)
To provide reading practice for gist in the context of learning something new
To provide MFP clarification of new lexical items in the context of learning something new
Procedure (35-44 minutes)
T shows three pictures related to New Year's resolutions. T asks Ss "What do people usually make at the beginning of the year? These pictures might give you a clue." (people make New Year's resolutions) T asks Ss if they make New Year's resolutions. T nominates 2-3 Ss to get their answers. T demos "Every January I promise myself to learn a new language. But in February I forget about this goal. What about you? Is it easy for you to learn something new?" T nominates 2-3 Ss to get their answers.
T tells Ss that today they will come up with some ideas on how to learn something new. T asks Ss to read a short article about mastering new skills. T asks Ss to read the article and decide if they generally agree or disagree with the recommendations. Instruction: "Now please read this short article about mastering new skills and decide if you generally agree or generally disagree with the recommendations. You'll have 2 minutes to do the task". ICQ: Do you just read the article or do you read and form your opinion on it? (form an opinion) When students are ready, T nominates 2-3 Ss to let them voice their opinions.
T asks Ss to read the text again and find all the phrases that are used to talk about dos and don'ts of learning something new. Instruction: "Read the text one more time and find all the phrases that are used to talk about dos and don'ts of learning something new." T demos: "Have a look at the first piece of advice. Is it something you should do? (yes) Is it a "do" or "don't"? (a do) What are the two phrases that express this idea? (Avoid making/ you should pick ). Now continue with the rest of the text." ICQ: Do you just read the article or do you read and search the phrases? (search the phrases) Do you search dos or don't? (both)" After 2 minutes T nominates Ss to get their answers. T asks Ss to put all the phrases into two groups: dos and don'ts. T clarifies the meaning of some new vocabulary that might be challenging. Resist the temptation/ Take every opportunity to practice/ Reading won’t do much for you. T asks CCQs, models the correct pronunciation, and gets Ss to drill together and individually. T shows Ss a mind map with all the phrases and asks them to help her with the patterns (Dos: You should + infinitive/ Always remember + to + infinitive/ It’s important + to + infinitive/ Start by + verb-ing/ Make sure that you + infinitive/ Take every opportunity + to + infinitive/ You might + infinitive if you + verb in the present simple; Don'ts: Avoid + verb-ing/ You should never + infinitive/ Resist the temptation + to + infinitive/ Verb-ing + won’t do much for you/ You might + infinitive if you + verb in the present simple).
T shows Ss the first "how to" card (how to learn a new language). Instruction: "Now you give recommendations. Look at this "how to... card" and in 3 minutes make up as many pieces of advice as you can. To give recommendations use the phrases from the mind map (send a mind map in the chat). I will give you 3 minutes to think of your recommendations. ICQs: "Do you use any vocabulary you like or do you try to use the phrases from today's lesson? (from today's lesson) How many recommendations should you think of? (As many as we can in 3 minutes)" When time is up, T nominates 1-2 Ss to get their answers (one recommendation from a student). T sets up breakout rooms (pairs or trios) and instructs Ss: "Now, please discuss your ideas together for 3 minutes." When time is up, T creates new breakout rooms to give Ss discuss their ideas with different people. Repeat the process with the second card (how to take up a new hobby). If there’s time, repeat the process with the third card (how to master a new skill). T monitors Ss while they are working in breakout rooms.
T conducts OCFB following up on the speaking task. T nominates 2-3 Ss and asks them to share their ideas (ideas they liked the most/ want to try) about learning something new. T also conducts DEC. T write good language, and words/phrases which need improvements on Miro board. T shares the screen and get Ss to find out which ones are good and which ones need improvements. T get learners to correct/paraphrase the latter ones.