Teaching Practice 4
To integrate skills of listening and speaking using the stimulus of a true story
To review the past simple tense
Procedure (36-45 minutes)
Set the context by giving each table a map of British Isles / project on WB if possible. Ask sts to look at the map. Which country is it? (Britain) Which country is the shaded? (Wales) Give out Wales maps/ project on WB. Can you see Swansea? Today we are going to learn about a singer from Swansea. We are going to listen to Marlene's life story. Pre-teach /elicit important vocabulary: daughter, (boy / girl?) graduated, (Did she go to university? Did she pass her exams?) professional (Is it a free time activity? /Does she get paid for what she does?)
Look at the pictures of the Marlene's life. Sts will listen to Marlene's story and match pictures to sections of the text. Work in pairs. Quick feedback - WC sts give answers.
Sts will listen again, completing the sentences retelling the main events of Marlene's life. Work in pairs. Sts discuss answers in their group. T will monitor. FB answer key. Discuss any specific difficulties. This will activity will prepare them to write similar sentences about their own lives.
Brainstorm main events of life: birth, school, university, job, getting married, having children. Sts will tell their own life story by write sentences (about 6) sequencing their main life events. Students can use the sentences from previous activity as a model for their own sentences. T will monitor and give immediate FB / error correction. FB to whole class any significant general misconceptions, particularly regarding use of past simple tense.
Sts will then mingle with other students and share their life stories. T will monitor. Bring class back together for FB.