Changes in your city now and at some point in the past
Listening. Students listen to two people from different countries who give an opinion on their city and changes in terms of economic problems, new shop etc. And choose the correct alternative and answer to the questions.
Speaking. Students learn some phrases for comparing, and talk about their city (or any other city) now and at some point in the past.
Procedure (32-45 minutes)
Teacher puts up few pictures of cities that 10-15 years old) on a white board and asks students whether they recognize any of them and what do they know about them. Then he puts up the recent pictures of them (their symbols).
Depending on students' answer from previous stage teacher uses more examples, then elicits and defines some of the words/phrases such as standard of living, pace of life, luxurious, foreign, cost of living etc.
Students listen to 'Michael' and 'Irina' and mark the things in the box they mention (economics problems, tourists, how clean/dirty the city is, new shops and buildings, standard of living, prices, street names, language spoken, pace of life, traffic and driving. Then they listen again and answer to the questions such as 'which changes do both 'Michael' and 'Irina' mention?' How Does he/she feel about these changes?'
Teacher gives handouts with sentences (alternatives) and questions related to Michael and Irina's opinion. First they listen to 'Michael' and choose the correct alternative, then answer the question. They students listen to Irina and do the same. Finally in pairs they check each other's answer.
Teacher emphasis on some phrases of comparing (different from, the same as, worse than, similar to). Then teacher gives handouts with words/phrases (shops and restaurants, public transport, cost of living, how the place looks, traffic, street names, climate, daily life, cost of living, tourists, standard of living, how clean/dirty the city is, new shops and buildings, languages spoken, pace of life, etc.), students think about their own or (any other city) and tell each other about it. Teacher monitors them to help with any difficulty and maintain the TL.