OK, this is a very Britain-centered lesson and I completely understand if you don’t want to use it but I came in today and found that all my students were talking about the big Brexit vote so I knocked up a quick lesson for them. If you’re interested, here it is…probably a few days too late…but better late than never, eh?
- Time: 1 – 2 hours
- Objective: Encourage sts to read between the lines / expose them to real English / raise awareness of English culture.
- Levels: (strong) Pre-intermediate and above
- word worksheet: Brexit worksheet
- pdf worksheet:Brexit worksheet
- teachers’ worksheet:Brexit teachers’ worksheet
- Introduction: Write Brexit on the board and ask sts to discuss what they know about it and then hand out the definition to clarify.
- chunks of language: sts match up the meanings to the phrases in the text.
- discussion: Sts discuss the questions in small groups. Feedback as a class and board their ideas.
- Sts read through the comments and decide in/out for each one. I would monitor and make notes of interesting errors / emergent language on the board but I wouldn’t help out much. Instruct them that you won’t answer questions and they can’t use dictionaries.
- Reflect: ask sts what the point of your activity was (you’re hoping to raise awareness of the importance of engaging with the culture of a language and how in the real world you won’t always have a dictionary)
- Vocab from context: sts match up the meanings with the words/phrases from the text. Encourage sts to underline 1 or 2 further words they don’t know and try to work the meaning out in pairs.
- debate on Brexit.
- give each person a character from the comments box and they must discuss the topic from that person’s point of view.
- sts write their own opinions and text them into the Metro where this article came from.